Like many recent comic book movie villains, the motives behind Aquaman's Orm/Ocean Master, played by Patrick Wilson, are almost relatable - even if their resulting actions are villainous. According to Wilson himself, Ocean Master just wants to clean up the mess made by the surface world.
“He's kind of an eco-warrior,” Wilson told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s got a very clear gripe with the surface world, which has been polluting his oceans for centuries. And that’s something for me — I’m sure for you too — that’s very easy to understand. If somebody was just constantly polluting our air and ruining how we lived …”
Wilson is no stranger to comic book roles having played Nite Owl in Watchmen, and at one point was cast in Marvel's Ant-Man before director Edgar Wright left the film. Aquaman director James Wan says Wilson is uniquely suited to the role of his film's villain.
“Patrick is such a talented actor and a chameleon as well, he can disappear into any role,” Wan explained. “Orm’s got a soft spot for his brother who lives on the surface world and if anything just wants him to rule Atlantis and the world together, but his brother doesn’t see it that way. A lot of the clashes they have stem from their different upbringings. So I didn’t want to cast a typical villain actor.”
Aquaman is due out in theaters December 21.