Although the history of comics is full of plagiarism, the characters that Marvel copied from DC Comics are better known. However, one of DC’s most popular superheroes, Aquaman, was based on Namor, who was acquired by Marvel a long time ago. The first to reach the big screen was Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa in the controversial Batman vs Superman: The Origin of Justice (27%) and in the blockbuster Aquaman (73%), from 2018. In 2022 we had the launch of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (88%), where Namor was finally introduced, albeit with a design inspired by pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures. The Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta was in charge of bringing the character to life, and comparisons with Momoa have been inevitable.
Namor and Aquaman have several features in common, in their original versions they are the kings of Atlantis, a mythical underwater kingdom that has great military and technological power. However, director Ryan Coogler wanted to differentiate his version of that kingdom, and Atlantis went on to become Talokan, inspired by Mayan architecture and culture. In addition to this, the photography is very different in both films, since in the DC Comics it was a fully illuminated futuristic city, and Talokan is darker.
It is logical that some of the comments comparing Huerta with Momoa are malicious, since the Mexican actor has been an active voice against racism for years, and for that reason he has earned many detractors. In a recent interview with rolling stoneswhen asked about the comparisons with the actor of AquamanTenoch replied the following (via Fandom Wire):
I’m honored to be compared to that guy. He is a wonderful actor, a fantastic human being. He is a Hollywood movie star and I am compared to him. It’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, mom! Breast! They’re talking about me and Jason!’ He is fantastic! I love him. For me, they are different characters. But if you compare me and Jason, oh! It is an honor. That guy is so handsome! Let’s go!
Director of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, he was also aware that his Namor would be compared to Aquaman, so he decided to take a very different path. In interview with Geek Culture explained how he devised his version of Atlantis with the Creative Head of Marvel Entertainment:
[Kevin Feige] encouraged [el cambio]because I wanted to make sure that our version of an underwater society was different enough to be able to coexist in the world of cinema at this point, and there have been many representations and we felt that the more different we could make it, the more we would respect each other, you know …you have Aquaman, which is a great movie, you have these other movies that are based on Plato’s Atlantis.
Namor’s future is uncertain, but it is a fact that we will see him in action again in future Marvel movies or series, perhaps facing new enemies or fighting alongside the superheroes we already know. Aquaman, on the other hand, will release his second film next year, once again directed by James Wan. However, the production has been surrounded by controversy, since actress Amber Heard, who co-starred in the first installment, was involved in a legal lawsuit against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, and the hatred of fans towards her It was huge on social media.
It has been rumored that Heard will be replaced by Emilia Clarke, an actress Momoa already worked with in the first season of Game of Thrones (59%), but so far nothing has been officially confirmed. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom It will hit theaters in December 2023.