bill-swift - November 15, 2005
Superhero Hype has let us know that Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, executive producers of Smallville, are developing Aquaman for The WB. The character of Aquaman, or "A.C.," played by Alan Ritchson, was introduced this season on Smallville, in very memorable episode, but I'm not sure there's enough meat there to support a whole series. Remember "Birds of Prey" and "Tarzan"? Of course you don't. Anyway, let's not write it off just yet. There is some potential, and if they can manage to get Erica Durance back into a bikini, you know it's going to rock.
The new project is envisioned as a contemporary reinterpretation of the DC Comics character who lives in the deep sea and enlists sharks and other oceanic creatures to help him in his crime-fighting endeavors.
The new-model Aquaman will be a man in his early twenties. As is the case on "Smallville," which tells the story of Clark Kent's teenage years and his coming-of-age as Superman, there won't be any presto-chango into costumes or other superhero accessories when his superpowers are invoked, a WB Network spokesman said.
The October 20 episode of "Smallville," titled "Aqua," featured the Kent character encountering a mysterious young swimmer and do-gooder dubbed "A.C.," played by Alan Ritchson.
The WB spokesman said [The October 20 episode of "Smallville," titled "Aqua,"] which ranked as "Smallville's" most-watched of the season with nearly 6.5 million viewers, was not meant to be a template for the "Aquaman" project and that "Smallville" executive producers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough would search for a new actor for the lead role.
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