– by Drew Carlton

Image via Warner Bros.

Image via Warner Bros.

For those who don’t know what a working title for a film is, it is a name given to a film in pre-production and sometimes even into the stages of the final cut. The reasons for them are usually for either accounting or managerial purposes, and more often than not, they have little to do with the actual film. In the past, there have been a few of these titles that have accidentally or intentionally mislead the viewer. Some of the best ones are Group Hug (The Avengers), Spaceman from Pluto (Back to the Future), and my favorite, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner).

Arthur Curry, or Aquaman, has fallen prey to the lack of imagination with working movie titles and according to Production Weekly (via Comicbook.com), the film is called Ahab.  

As stated above, not every film has a working title indicative of the actual movie, but let’s pretend that it may. What could Ahab possibly mean? 

Well, some may recognize the name Captain Ahab as a fictional character in the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick which chronicles the story of a man who goes to war with a whale and loses in dramatic fashion.  Unfortunately, Arthur has had a pretty rough run of things as well.  In the comics, he is always undervalued and he is always seen as the weakest link of the Justice League even though he may actually be the strongest member.  Normal (NOT Meta-human; a catagory given to DC heroes with extraordinary abilities) humans frequently ridicule him and even rebuff his help when he offers it.  But hey, he can talk to fish, right?  

We are fairly confident that Mr. Curry will not battle a whale, but perhaps the title is suggesting an unbeatable foe?  We already know Willem Dafoe is playing Nuidis Vulko, and Amber Heard is playing Mera.  I honestly do not see either of these as the main antagonist as Mera is usually Arthur’s wife and Vulko would have to be way upgraded from supporting cast.

When all said and done, we know it’s simple as the connection both Moby-Dick and Aquaman have to the ocean. But hey, we can speculate, right?

Tell us your thoughts, we would love to hear them below!  Is this simply a goofy working title, or is it suggestive of what is to come?

Aquaman is slated to be in theaters on July 27, 2018.

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SOURCE: Production Weekly (via Comicbook.com)