Aquaman 2 Director Reveals Major Change for New Villain

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Credit: Warner Bros.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Credit: Warner Bros.

The upcoming final DCEU movie Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to bring back most of the main characters from the first film including Patrick Wilson's Orm, who was the antagonist and now he is set to be Arthur Curry's partner in his adventure for the sequel.

The film is set to introduce a new batch of villains apart from the return of Black Manta, who will continue his revenge against the titular hero. One of the antagonists that will be introduced is Karshon, who is usually known as The Shark in comics.

Some fans may wonder about how the character will be portrayed in the film and whether it will be similar to King Shark in The Suicide Squad, where he was presented as an actual shark that has a limited vocabulary.

As it turns out, there will be a massive change to Karson in the sequel in ways that are hugely different from the comics.

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Karshon Will Not Be a Shark in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

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In an interview with Empire Magazine (via The Direct), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom director James Wan revealed that Karshon will not be portrayed as a shark in the film.

"This Karshon is not a shark character. It’s different [from] the comic books in that sense. One of the things we wanted to do, now that Arthur is king of Atlantis, is to give him barriers within the political world. Karshon comes from the High Council, and is like a political roadblock for Arthur," he explained.

It is a massive change for the character since DC Comics fans have become accustomed to its portrayal as a shark, but that is not going to be the case for this film since it will be portrayed as a human played by Indya Moore.

While Wan did not explicitly state why he decided to make the change for this character, we also have to acknowledge that it has become a norm for comic book movies to change the dynamic of the characters from the source material and fit them based on the story that they're telling.

This tidbit could be disappointing for some fans, but it sounds like the character will still have a significant involvement in the story and is still going to be presented as a villain.

As long as the character is written well, fans may end up warming to it when they see the film in its entirety and learn its entire context.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to release in theaters this December 22.

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