DC is looking to expand its deep live-action lore further, as it has been announced that a new Aqualad origin story is currently in the works. This new origin story will be produced by Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix, Beth Kono, and Andrew Haas of Denver & Delilah Films. The origin story for Aqualad is going to be a one-hour dramedy based on the young adult novel, You Brought Me the Ocean. This graphic novel creates and establishes the origin story of Jackson “Jake” Hyde, better known as Aqualad.
The Jake Hyde version of Aqualad was first introduced in 2010 for the show, Young Justice. Young Justice has become one of the biggest fan-favorite DC properties in recent years. A comic that also showed Aqualad debuted shortly after, which was Brightest Days #4. Aqualad also goes by the name of Kaldur’ahm, and it turns out that he is the son of Black Manta. Though he comes from clearly villainous roots, Hyde would then become the second Aquaman in DC canon. Now it appears as if Charlize Theron is going to be exploring this character much further in a new live-action series format. She might be a fan of the Young Justice series.
The origin story for Aqualad will be concerned with Jake Hyde’s unnatural connection to the ocean. He is a gay teenager from New Mexico, where he is constantly surrounded by desert, and he longs to escape the desert and be around the water. He then begins to develop his powers more which include being able to breathe underwater and being able to manipulate water. Through the discovery of his powers, Hyde finds himself falling in love with the swim captain of the high school team, Kenny Liu. So far there are no writers attached to the project, only a group of producers that includes Charlize Theron amongst its ranks. This new Aqualad show will also be made by Warner Bros and will premiere on HBO Max. HBO Max has been garnering many DC properties after DC Universe shut down. Doom Patrol, Titans, and Harley Quinn Show have all moved to the streaming platform. More properties are on the way, which includes The Batman spin-off series about The Penguin. Titans have also debuted a live-action version of Aqualad, but this iteration is named Garth.
It appears as if DC is steadily moving all its upcoming works to HBO Max. What is interesting about this Charlize Theron-produced Aqualad story is that it’s only been reported to be an hour-long dramedy. There are no further details on if this is meant to be turned into a full-fledged series. If not, this could mean that HBO Max might be getting in at the ground level for a new DC Universe reboot. This new Aqualad might be getting a live-action origin story to help bolster the character to appear in Aquaman alongside Jason Momoa, or possibly take over should the man no longer want to portray the character. There is no release date as of yet but look for this Aqualad film and or series to come out sometime later this year.