HBO Max has announced a greenlight for James Wan’s Aquaman: King of Atlantis, an animated mini-series looking to ride the wave of popularity for the DC Comics superhero amid the billion-dollar success of Wan’s 2018 live-action feature film.
Aimed at a family audience, Aquaman: King of Atlantis will be a three-part mini-series from Wan’s Atomic Monster and Warner Bros Animation with stand-alone stories laced with ecological and ethical themes. The mini-series was announced Wednesday at the WarnerMedia Television Critics Association day.
The maritime hero Aquaman was created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris and introduced in 1941 in the pages of DC Comics.
The synopsis from producers hints of the family-tilted tone:
“King of Atlantis” will begin with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident.