Summary: Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance at the world premiere of the superhero movie Aquaman in Los Angeles, where he joked about needing a role in the film; fueling speculations about his intentions to join the DC Extended Universe.
1. The Aquaman Premier
The red carpet premiere of the latest DC Comics adaptation, Aquaman, was an affair fit for a king. The event welcomed some of the greatest names in Hollywood, including a surprise guest, Johnny Depp. Depp joked about wanting to be cast as a superhero in the sequel and even fittingly greeted fans using the catchphrase “I’m hooked” which he famously used in his film portrayal of pirate Jack Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.
Depp’s attendance at the premiere comes in the midst of ongoing legal battles with his former management company. Although his brief cameo was likely just for fun, it has raised speculations about his interest in the ever-growing DC Extended Universe franchise.
At the Los Angeles Premiere, Amber Heard, Depp’s ex-wife, came face to face with Jason Mamoa who directed Aquaman. The pair, who work together on the film franchise, shared hugs and posed for photographs.
2. Depp in DC Comics?
It’s no secret that the DC Extended Universe is expanding to include many more films besides the usual Batman and Superman movies. Many A-list actors have already signed onto roles, including Jared Leto as the Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
In the past, Depp has expressed interest in playing comic book villains and characters, and the actor’s ability in bringing characters to life has certainly made him a fan favourite. So the question on everyone’s mind remains, could Johnny Depp potentially make an appearance in the DC Extended Universe?
Whether Depp will actually join the DC family remains to be seen, but considering his outstanding performances in movies like ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’, there’s certainly hope for it. It would not be surprising if Depp were to take on a villain role, as he has proven time and time again that he has a great aptitude for portraying quirky characters with dark shades.
3. Aquaman’s Plot and Characters
Aquaman is based on the comic book character created in 1941 by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. The movie is directed by James Wan, and features Jason Momoa in the leading role of Arthur Curry, alongside Amber Heard who plays the stunning Mera.
The film’s plot follows Arthur Curry, a half-human, half-Atlantean, as he embarks on a journey to embrace his identity and save the underwater kingdom from his villainous half-brother, King Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Journeying with Mera, Arthur faces foes at every turn as they seek out the legendary trident of Atlan, while also facing Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Ocean Master’s loyal soldier.
4. The Aquaman Franchise and Future Films
Aquaman is not only a standalone film but also an integral part of the DC Extended Universe. Following the success of the film, it is expected that there may be sequels featuring the aquatic superhero.
The Aquaman film was released worldwide on December 21 and opens in China two weeks later, which will undoubtedly raise its already considerable earnings. Early buzz has been positive, and the film’s special effects are groundbreaking, introducing a new take on the visual designs of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis.
With the motion picture clocking a running time of just over 2 hours, there was plenty of time not only for development of the main character, but also for world-building and introducing some of the iconic stories, characters and creatures that make the Aquaman comics so beloved.
Johnny Depp’s unexpected appearance at the Aquaman premiere has fueled speculations about him joining the growing DC Extended Universe franchise. Fans and critics alike are hopeful and intrigued by the prospect of seeing the talented actor portray a comic book villain or hero. As for the Aquaman film itself, it is proving to be a big hit with audiences worldwide, and its strong opening and excellent reviews are pointing towards further sequels in the future.