Aqualad Series in Development at HBO Max

DC’s Aqualad is getting his own origin show with an adaptation of Alex Sanchez and Jul Maroh’s graphic novel, You Brought Me the Ocean, produced by Charlize Theron!

Talk about unexpected news! This afternoon brings word that HBO Max is working on a new series focused on Aqualad. Even better, Charlize Theron is on board to executive produce the project.

Considering there was a time where I never thought an Aquaman movie would happen, getting an Aqualad project is kind of blowing my mind. While there are many versions of the character throughout the years, this show will be an adaptation of You Brought Me the Ocean, which released in 2020.

The story focuses on Jake Hyde, a closeted teen in New Mexico, who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the ocean. He must contend with normal teenage problems even as he unlocks his powers.

There’s no word on a release window, or even a writer/director at this point, but it’s pretty neat. I’m really curious to see if they’ll try and connect this to the larger DCEU (in the comics Jake Hyde is the son of the villainous Black Manta) and have him interact with Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. Either way, I’m very curious to see how this plays out!

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