‘Aqualad’ Origin Series In The Works At HBO Max
The ever-growing slate of projects set in the DC universe in the works at HBO Max continues to grow with a bevy of new projects on the way. With projects like Batgirl and Blue Beetle already well into development, another new face is getting the spotlight. As first reported by Variety, HBO Max has given the green light for a new series based on the DC character Aqualad.
The one-hour dramedy series will reportedly draw inspiration from the 2020 graphic novel by Alex Sanchez and Jul Maroh, You Brought Me The Ocean. The story focuses on Jackson “Jake” Hyde’s teenage years in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. As he learns to cope with his father’s drowning Jackson also struggles with his sexuality, future college plans, and burgeoning superpowers. Per the initial report, the series will also heavily focus on JAke falling in love with the high school swim captain Kenny Liu.
While no writer, director, or actors are attached to star in the series, Academy Award winner Charlize Theron is on board as an executive producer. She joined A.J. Dix (The Butterfly Effect), Beth Kono (Atomic Blonde), and Andrew Haas (Without A Paddle) who will produce as well with Warner Bros. Television at the helm.
Created by Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman, and Phil Bourassa for the animated television series Young Justice, Jake Hyde made his first comic book appearance in 2016’s DCU: Rebirth #1. Jackson’s mother hailed from the Atlantean Kingdom of Xebel in the Bermuda Triangle, while his father was the treasure hunter and super-villain known as Black Manta.
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