DC-Ember #123: Aquaman (2006)



Aquaman is a television pilot developed by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar for The WB Television Network, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Gough and Millar wrote the pilot, which was directed by Greg Beeman. Justin Hartley starred as Arthur “A.C.” Curry, a young man living in a beachside community in the Florida Keys who learns about his powers and destiny as the Prince of Atlantis.

The Aquaman pilot was expected to debut in the fall schedule of 2006, but following the merger of the WB and UPN, the resulting CW Network opted not to buy the series. After they passed on the pilot, it was made available online through iTunes in the United States and became the number-one most downloaded television show on iTunes. It received generally favorable reviews, was later released on other online markets, and aired on Canadian television network YTV.

A young twenty-something diver living in the Florida Keys discovers he has the power to breathe underwater.

Yeah, this was around the time of The O.C., that was one of the influential shows of the timeperiod so The WB obviously wanted to cash in on that and also develop a spinoff of Smallville to hopefully create sort of a Justice League series in the future. Which is funny considering that Justin Hartley would later go to play Green Arrow in Smallville a few years later.

The overall pilot as a whole, it’s decent, it’s definitely got those tropes of The O.C. all throughout it but the story does work, the action does work nicely, the cast works pretty well, it’s about as fun as watching an episode of Smallville and I’m a little disappointed that this didn’t get picked up because Aquaman could always use a good reboot to bring him back into the spotlight and if this had gone on the same path as Smallville, they would’ve had something great but for what it is, it’s perfectly fine, definitely check this one out if you can.

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