there are surely a lot of new visitors coming in thanks to the
release of the Aquaman pilot onto iTunes, we'd like to
welcome you to AquamanTV - the web's first and most comprehensive
fan site for the Aquaman TV pilot, which was at one time
in its development stages known as Mercy Reef.
you can read about the show's cast
and post on the AquamanTV
forum at KryptonSite. You can read our review of the pilot
and see if you agree or disagree. You can even find - at KryptonSite
interview with Justin Hartley (Aquaman) where he talked
about Aquaman and the role that followed it - that of the Green
Arrow on Smallville.
again for visiting the site. Unfortunately, it doesn't look
like Aquaman will ever appear on any TV schedule. Creators,
crew, and cast have all moved on, and it has been over a year
since the show was filmed and proposed as a TV series..
If there is any good news in the future, you can be assured
that AquamanTV is the place to go for the info!
may have sunk, but Justin Hartley can now be seen as the Green Arrow
here to order a copy of the Season 6 DVD!
POSTED NOVEMBER 11, 2007
On DVD - Finally!
of our readers have e-mailed to tell us that Best Buy stores
are exclusively offering Aquaman as a bonus when people
buy Smallville DVD sets at their stores.
we don't condone "store exclusives" here, if you REALLY
want to see the pilot, swinging by Best Buy might be your best
option. Unfortunately, those of us who bought the Smallville
sets as they came out are out of luck.
this time we are not sure how long this promotion is good for,
so check it out! We also cannot confirm that this deal is also
POSTED JUNE 5, 2007
Available For Free On AOL
it has been over a year since The CW announced they were not
picking up Aquaman, the pilot is still one of the most-viewed
programs on the Internet. The pilot's reach is now continuing
on America Online, where the pilot is being shown for free using
AOL's IN2TV service.
this link to see the pilot! (Warning: You might
need AOL service to view)
if only the Powers That Be would release the Aquaman
pilot onto DVD, perhaps incorporating a lot of the deleted footage
that we know is out there...
POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2006
Hartley Talks Aquaman
has posted a new interview with Justin Hartley where he talks
extensively about the Aquaman pilot.
God I kept my head about me. The whole time I kept in mind that
I was doing a pilot. Everyone started to say Aquaman was a sure
thing, it was going to be a show. I just kept telling myself
I got hired to do a pilot. Just do this pilot and see what happens.
My work on Aquaman is something that I'm really proud of, as
far as the relationships that I developed with the creators
of Aquaman and also Smallville, and the cast and the crew. People
got to see my work ethic. I think that translated into a role
on Smallville, which is great. That's what I was always told
as a kid. "Work hard. Work hard. Work hard." It definitely
does pay off."
here to read the full interview!
POSTED AUGUST 6, 2006
Deems Aquaman "The Show That Won't Sink"
latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine (featuring
"Little Miss Sunshine" on the cover) has a half-page
article about the iTunes success of the Aquaman pilot
and what it might mean for the possible future of the project.
some network wanted the show, we'd find a way to work it out,"
creator Alfred Gough told the magazine. Unfortunately, the magazine
notes that the CW currently has "no plans to save Aquaman
from his watery grave."
article includes a photo featuring Justin Hartley (A.C.) and
Amber McDonald (Eva).
here to take a look at a scan!
Mentions Aquaman In Article On Busted Pilots
recent edition of Variety featured an article about legally
and illegally leaked television pilots.
course, mention was made of Nobody's Watching, the sitcom
pilot that logged hundreds of thousands of YouTube downloads
which inspired NBC to order six episodes.
what they said about Aquaman:
WBTV pilot, the CW actioner Aquaman, is also easily accessible
-- but for a price. Warners decided to sell the show on iTunes
for $1.99 a pop early last week. not long after clips of the
show became available on YouTube.
turned out to be a smart move: Insiders say more than 15,000
copies of the pilot have been sold, with "Aquaman"
the most-downloaded video on iTunes for more than a week (it's
now No. 2)."
the network execs should take a cue from Nobody's Watching
and give Aquaman another chance to swim. (These puns
never get old!)
here to read the full article!
POSTED AUGUST 3, 2006
Aquaman Pilot Review
Rev. OJ Flow" at Newsarama.com
has posted his review of the Aquaman pilot. While not as overwhelmingly
positive as some other online reviews, it does seem to imply
the reviewer is at least curious where the show could
have gone. Here's a brief sampling of the water-pun-filled review:
can say with confidence that Mercy Reef, as I'll refer to it
going forward, gets off to a better start than the failed Birds
of Prey a couple of years ago, and it really could've found
it's own little niche had it a chance to find its sea legs."
here to read the full review!
POSTED JULY 31, 2006
Review For The Aquaman Pilot
have been many reviews of the Aquaman pilot posted online; this
one is a particular favorite because it is on a recently-relaunched
site called The Kingdom
that we are sure you will all like.
"SuperHulk" was impressed with the pilot, though the
fact that there won't be any more was particularly disappointing.
"Overall I REALLY enjoyed this pilot, which bothers me
even more now that I know the show isnt getting picked
up. If anything, it had a ton of potential and story possibilities,"
here to read the full review!
Interview: Hartley Talks Aquaman
has posted a new interview with Justin Hartley where
he talks about his reaction to hearing the Aquaman pilot wasn't
picked up and what he has coming up in the future. (Warning:
The article does contain Smallville spoilers!)
also talks about some insights he had into playing the Aquaman
character, in what was a fantastic interview by Eric Goldman.
here to read the article!
Times Notes Aquaman Success;
Is An Aquaman Movie Coming?
success of the Aquaman TV pilot and a recurring plotline
on Entourage, now there's talk that the Aquaman character
may next become a film, according to the Los Angeles Times.
L.A. Times article features some quotes from Alfred Gough about
the TV pilot.
here to read the article!
Pilot: #1 TV Show Video On iTunes!!!
of iTunes are heavily downloading the pilot episode to the Aquaman
its early days of being offered, Aquaman crept up the
charts of the most downloaded TV show videos on iTunes, and
at least for a good while, achieved the #1 spot. Not bad for
a pilot that the CW decided not to go forward with as a series!
Online has posted an article about the pilot's success and how
it is yet another example of online sampling creating a hit.
here to read that article, titled "Aquaman Going Swimmingly
you haven't already, click here to legally download it! If you
like it, spread the word! The more downloads, the better the
chances will be that someone at the networks will take notice!
POSTED JULY 25, 2006
Aquaman Pilot Is On iTunes!!!
some news that some of you may like...
pilot episode to the Aquaman
TV series by Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles
Millar has made its way to the land of legal downloading, on
iTunes! For $1.99 you can see this special pilot starring Justin
Hartley as A.C. Sadly it won't become a series, but the more
people download it, the more likely it'll be that the CW people
will regret not picking it up. :-)
here to legally download it!!!!
to Mr. Taylor for the tip!
Interview With "Aquaman" Himself - Justin Hartley!
Our Smallville site, KryptonSite, is proud to present
an all-new exclusive KryptonSite interview with Justin Hartley,
who played Arthur/AC in the Aquaman TV pilot.
the interview, Justin talks about filming the Aquaman
pilot that he filmed earlier this year, and he also talks about
a NEW role of Green Arrow, which he will be playing in Smallville's
here to read the interview at KryptonSite!
POSTED JULY 17, 2006
Hartley To Play Green Arrow On Smallville
Aquaman may not have made it to swim on the CW, but Justin
Hartley will indeed be seen on the network playing another
DC Comics icon.
(Aquaman/Mercy Reef's "A.C.") has been cast
in the role of Oliver Queen, better known to comic book fans
as Green Arrow, in at least seven episodes of Smallville's
here for more details!
POSTED JULY 10, 2006
Gough Talks Aquaman
has posted an interview with executive producer Alfred Gough
where he talks about the Aquaman pilot and promises
that it will be seen by the masses at some point. Here's an
working on a way to get the pilot out there. Thats sort
of all I can say at the moment. Whether its some sort
of addition on season six of Smallville or notwere
really proud of the pilot. Wed love for the fans to get
a chance to see it. The implication when a network doesnt
pick up a show is that the pilot sucks and thats not the
case. Its not a perfect pilot by any stretch of the imagination.
There are other reasonswhich are a mystery to usas
to why The CW didnt pick it up. I think it definitely
puts Aquaman in a modern context and hes not lame. Its
a shame because it would have been a really fun series."
can read the complete article on WizardUniverse.com by clicking
POSTED MAY 27, 2006
Trailer Back Online... For Now
The Aquaman promotional trailer keeps finding its way
back online. Catch it while you still can!
latest place to find the trailer has been Crave
Online. Click here to visit their webpage... it should be
listed on the right hand side column as "Mercy Reef - TV
POSTED MAY 24, 2006
have no more news about the possibility of Aquaman still getting
picked up, though we do have a treat for you - a promotional
shot of Justin Hartley as Arthur "A.C." Curry.
do not repost this image onto other websites. Surely the
watermark may be annoying, but it's the only way to keep it
from happening. Just send people on over to AquamanTV!
here to take a larger look!
POSTED MAY 21, 2006
Trailer Taken Offline
The Aquaman promotional trailer that landed on Youtube.com
"has been removed at the request of copyright owner Warner
Brothers because its content was used without permission."
trailer video was viewed over 100,000 times and was in the top
ten most-viewed videos on the site for the past few days.
the bright side, this means that the studio is aware of all
of the fan demand for the project.
trailer is probably hosted on other parts of the Web, but you'll
have to find it for yourselves. I'd prefer not to hear from
any lawyers myself :) Hopefully everyone who wanted to see the
trailer has been able to.
We've gotten a lot of e-mail from people wanting to start online
petitions to get the CW network to reconsider and air Aquaman.
don't really get behind individual petitions here, but if you
want to know more about the petitions, visit the AquamanTV
forum at KryptonSite.
POSTED MAY 20, 2006
Articles in The Washington Post and IGN.com have implied that
Aquaman is still a contender for midseason placement,
and that this was said at the CW Upfronts by entertainment president
Dawn Ostroff on May 18.
don't want to get up any false hopes, but as far as we know
at AquamanTV, there are no plans to put the series on
at midseason. Which is why it is very important to spread the
word around the Net that you want to see Aquaman - so
perhaps, by some miracle or chance, executives at the CW will
decide to exercise their right to put in an order for more of
the series while they still can.
if for some reason the CW does exercise the right to
pick this up for midseason, we will happily admit "we're
wrong here" and send a million thank-yous Dawn Ostroff's
YouTube trailer (now since removed so the link is now gone)
has been viewed over 100,000 times in just two days - that's
like 1/20 the average weekly audience of, say, Veronica Mars.
There's a lot of demand out there, and the best thing you can
all do is spread the word.
Pilot Episode Review!
probably all seen the trailer on YouTube (hopefully - before
Warner Brothers took it down); now, was the pilot itself as
good as the 2 1/2 minutes that have leaked out there?
been given the opportunity to screen the Aquaman pilot
episode, which was produced for The CW's fall lineup but sadly
did not make the final cut. What we saw could have been The
CW's first big hit.
here to read our pilot episode review at KryptonSite!
one for the "What Might Have Been" file... we've managed
to obtain an image of the regular cast of what would have been
Aquaman Season 1.
left to right: Amber McDonald, Lou Diamond Phillips, Justin
Hartley, Ving Rhames, and Denise Quinones.
here to take a larger look!
POSTED MAY 18, 2006
Have Been On Wednesdays At 9?
sent us to a link at the CW's website that would have put Aquaman
on Wednesdays at 9PM.
as we've seen, the timeslot has been taken by One Tree Hill.
the links have already been removed, but if you're curious about
what might have been, all you have to do is look at the thumbnail
to your left.
CW folks have been really busy removing Aquaman stuff
today, haven't they?)
POSTED MAY 16, 2006; UPDATED MAY 18, 2006
The rumors are true: The new CW network has announced their
Fall 2006 schedule, and Aquaman is not on it.
seemed like a sure bet is now lost at sea, and the hard work
of the actors and crew involved with the show may have been
lost to the Bermuda Triangle of TV pilots that never made it
to series. (And yeah, you're probably already sick of our water
the pilot will someday surface on a DVD at some point so we
can all see it. It's just a shame; comics could use another
good TV series adaptation, and now the legions of Justin Hartley
fans have to keep searching for a new project for their one-time
"Fox Crane." Thanks for being loyal AquamanTV readers...
hopefully, this is not the end.
POSTED MAY 7, 2006
So Much Of A Sure Thing?
Today's editions of Variety
mention some possible bad news for the Aquaman project:
there's the CW, which some believe may head into fall without
the one pilot that seemed like a sure thing: Aquaman. Topping
the list there appears to be the Sony TV entry Runaway."
on the CW line-up will be forthcoming in the next 2 weeks, with
the final announcements being made May 18. Don't count this
commentary as a sure "no" or "yes," but
we are just spreading the word...
to Sofa for the tip.
POSTED APRIL 28, 2006
Chances For Aquaman
A feature on CNN
Money today has a research director from Horizon Media,
a media buying firm, thinking that Mercy Reef may have
some good chances for success. Here's what it said:
also said that "Aquaman", a spin-off of "Smallville,"
which chronicles the life of Clark Kent (Superman) as a teen
also has a good shot of succeeding on the CW, the new network
that is being created by the merger of CBS-owned UPN and the
Time Warner-owned WB.
read the complete article click
Upfronts Date: May 18, 2006
The new CW Network will be presenting its Fall 2006 line-up
to advertisers in New York on Thursday, May 18, 2006. It is
expected that around this time we will know for sure if Mercy
Reef lands on the schedule.
"Aqua" Episode Re-Airs May 11
A curious choice for a repeat episode, The WB will be airing
the Smallville episode "Aqua" featuring Aquaman
on Thursday, May 11 at 9PM (ET), following their airing of the
show's fifth season finale, "Vessel."
episode featured Alan Ritchson in the role of Arthur "A.C."
Curry, the role that Justin Hartley will be playing in Mercy
this is an attempt to again see if there's interest in the Aquaman
character, or to prepare the fans for a new project that may
be coming this Fall? Or, could it be that they just want to
re-air one of the season's highest-rated episodes? Guess we'll
know their motivations soon enough...
in mind that repeat schedules could change. We're still surprised
they're not doing a "Superman Returns" preview after
the Smallville finale...)
POSTED APRIL 13, 2006
First Promo Shot From The Pilot?
thanks to: Riles
Hollywood Reporter today included this photo alongside
an article about the CW's fall development, which features
Justin Hartley (AC), Amber McDonald (Eva), and an
this will be the first of many promo shots that will come to
POSTED APRIL 12, 2006
Hartley At The "American Dreamz" Premiere
Justin Hartley and his wife Lindsay were spotted in Hollywood
on Monday, April 11 at the Arclight theater for premiere of
the movie "American Dreamz" starring Hugh Grant, Mandy
Moore and Dennis Quaid.
and Anna (both good friends of AquamanTV's webmaster) have shared
with us two photos of Justin from outside the premiere. Note
that his hair is a perfect shade for his recent aquatic role.
here to take a look at the pictures!
We ask that if you would like to share these photos, to please
just place a link to the pages rather than reposting on your
own web sites. Thanks!
POSTED APRIL 4, 2006
Air Reserve Base was used last week for some filming on
Mercy Reef, and they have posted some photos on their
website. The crew shot material at five locations on the
in the behind-the-scenes photos is this
great picture of Denise Quiñones preparing for a
here to see their full gallery.
POSTED MARCH 31, 2006
Diamond Phillips Talks About The Pilot
Lou Diamond Phillips, is the first actor from Mercy
Reef to talk publicly about the project and all the buzz
associated with it. At Movieweb,
he had this to say, while participating in a junket for the
DVD release of The
funny thing about the Aquaman project is that there's so much
buzz about it already. Which is amazing, I mean you don't usually
get that with a pilot, because they're sort of sight unseen.
With the announcement that Al Gough and Miles Millar were doing
this, basically spinning off of Smallville, but not really,
it is it's own creature if you will, there was a lot of speculation
and a lot of buzz. I can say just having been on the set, having
been with Ving and Justin Hartley, who is amazing and I think
is gonna blow up, we nailed it, man. It was a wonderful script
and it was so much enthusiasm and so much heart, and I have
to say an incredible amount of support. From the network, from
the studio and I think everybody had high hopes for it."
also talked about the prospects for the show being picked up,
but hey, you should visit the original source to read what he
had to say. So, click
here to read the interview at Movieweb!
to Jup-2 and Wings for the tip.
POSTED MARCH 29, 2006
Mentions Mercy Reef
Issue #175 of Wizard (one of the leading magazines about
comics) makes mention of the Mercy Reef pilot. The article
includes a picture of Justin Hartley (A.C.).
more amusing than the news article, which covers material seen
previously on the Net, is a humorous list of rejected titles
for Aquaman's TV show. Below are some of the best:
Buoy Meets World
Beverly Hills H2O
As The Seaworld Turns
Days of our Tides
One Sea Hill
Two Guys, A Girl and a Sushi Place
Jump The Shark
#175 is available in comic book stores now.
POSTED MARCH 18, 2006
McDonald Delivers "Eva"
Amber McDonald will be playing A.C.'s best friend, Eva,
in the Aquaman pilot.
of the background of the character seems to have changed over
the development of the series, but what we do know for sure
is that Eva and A.C. have known each other for a while.
was raised in Key West, Florida, and has been acting since she
was very young, performing at her parents' theater, The Red
Barn. She's a graduate of Boston University, where she received
her BFA in acting. She also studied at the London Academy of
Music and Dramatic Arts.
performed on the New York stage in such shows as Love in
the Age of Narcissism and No. 11 Blue and White.
previous television credits include As The Word Turns, Guiding
Light, and a 2005 episode of Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit. Film credits include Searching For Bobby
D., You Tell Me, Lay Me Down, Hide and Seek, and Perfect
POSTED MARCH 15, 2006
Peters' Role: Admiral Brigman
We have learned that the role actor Rick Peters will
be playing is that of Admiral Brigman, the man in charge
of the facility where Rachel Starling (Denise Quinones) serves.
He is not playing Tom Curry as erroneously assumed elsewhere
(The role of Curry is played by Lou Diamond Phillips).
see who else is cast in the pilot, visit the AquamanTV
A.C.:" A Better Look
We now have a better picture of Graham Bentz, who will
be playing "Young A.C." in flashback sequences.
here to take a larger look!
Peters Signs In
is reporting that actor Rick Peters has joined the cast
of the Aquaman TV pilot. Interestingly, Variety is referring
to the pilot as simply Aquaman.
is also familiar to the Millar/Gough DC Universe, as he appeared
as one of two persuasive former salesmen in the first-season
Smallville episode "Hug."
Peters' other credits include episodes of Close To Home,
SI, CSI: Miami, and Veronica Mars.
POSTED MARCH 10, 2006
Reef in Entertainment Weekly
The casting of Justin Hartley and his replacing Will
Toale is featured in the March 17, 2006 issue of Entertainment
Weekly, now hitting newsstands and arriving in subscriber
article takes a look at other actors who have been signed for
or appeared in pilots, only to be replaced in regular series,
like Ray Romano in the NewsRadio pilot or Mark Hamill on the
first episode of Eight is Enough in the role later taken
by Grant Goodeve.
of Toale, Hartley, and the comic-book Aquaman (pre-One Year
Later) accompany the article, as does a quote from executive
producer Alfred Gough.
to note: The magazine does refer to the pilot as Mercy
Reef, which may be a sign that the title has been given
Today Looks At Mercy Reef's Financial Impact
Miami Today has posted an article about the currently-filming
Aquaman pilot and its possible benefits to the Miami-Dade community.
The article is a little out of date, as it still lists Will
Toale as the show lead, but if you'd like to read more about
the business side of things, you can do so by following
POSTED MARCH 7, 2006
One Of Filming Is Complete!
Just a quick update that we have heard that the first day of
filming on the pilot episode is complete and we hear that Justin
Hartley is "a great swimmer." Here's to hoping it's
a smooth production!
POSTED MARCH 6, 2006
Pilot Details Surface
Some more storyline details about what will happen in the Aquaman
TV pilot have now surfaced.
here for some spoilers!
POSTED MARCH 4, 2006
Big Name Signs Up: Lou Diamond Phillips is Tom Curry
Lou Diamond Phillips, who was last seen on The WB in
the series finale of Jack & Bobby, will be playing
A.C.'s father, Tom Curry, who we believe is an officer with
the Coast Guard.
is known for a wide range of TV and movie work over the last
20 years. He was also a one-time Tony Award nominee. Major film
credits include Young Guns, Courage Under Fire, La Bamba,
and Stand and Deliver. He appeared in the SciFi Channel
miniseries The Triangle, so he should be used to Bermuda
Triangle weirdness by now.
see who else is cast in the pilot, visit the AquamanTV
POSTED MARCH 2, 2006
Better Look At "Atlanna"
Unaware to us, the photo we posted of Daniella Wolters
(Atlanna) was a bit out of date.
we've been able to get better images of the actress who will
be playing A.C.'s Atlantean mother.
here to take a look.
POSTED MARCH 1, 2006
Casting News: Atlanna, Young A.C. Cast
Playing the role of A.C.'s Atlantean mother, Atlanna, in the
soon-to-be-filmed pilot episode will be Daniella Wolters,
credited as Daniella Deutscher.
credits for Ms. Wolters include playing the lead role of Julie
Connor on the NBC series Hang Time, and guest shots on
24 and Las Vegas. She was also at one time a model
Bentz will be playing Young A.C. in a flashback sequence.
IMDb lists an episode of Judging Amy as one of his previous
credits. We imagine the photo with this article is a few years
AquamanTV cast page has now been
updated to include these additions. If you feel the need to
duplicate information from that page, please also place a link.
POSTED FEBRUARY 23, 2006
Palicki Is A "Siren"
Playing a "siren" in Mercy Reef will be Adrianne
Palicki, who fans of Smallville might remember as proto-Supergirl
"Kara" in a third season Smallville episode.
credits for Adrianne include an appearance on Supernatural.
here to read the AquamanTV cast page!
POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2006
We'd like to welcome all of the new fans who are now visiting
AquamanTV who are coming following the news of Justin Hartley's
casting. Justin's huge fan base from his role as Fox on Passions
already seems enthusiastic and excited for this role, and we
hope you all enjoy visiting the site for the latest on the Aquaman
POSTED FEBRUARY 21, 2006
NEWS: Toale Out, Hartley In As A.C.
The rumors are true: Will Toale will no longer be the CW's new
him is 28-year-old Justin Hartley, a familiar face to
fans of the NBC soap Passions.
can find a lot more information and pictures of Justin at Justin
This recasting has now been confirmed by the Hollywood
Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter had some additional things
to say about the replacement of Will Toale, which you can read
is a talented actor with a promising career and we hope to work
with him in the future," a CW spokesman said. "We
have made the decision to go in a different direction with the
Aquaman role and wish him the best of luck in all of his endeavors."
said the move to recast the lead role was a result of last month's
surprise announcement by CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment
of plans to shut down CBS-owned UPN and Warners' signature network
in order to start a jointly owned network, dubbed the CW, in
the fall. UPN president Dawn Ostroff is set to oversee programming
for the CW.
said that after the UPN team began taking a look at WB's pilot
development prospects, the decision was made to proceed with
"Aquaman" but with a new lead. Sources said CBS Corp.
president and CEO Leslie Moonves, who is known for his interest
and savvy in pilot casting decisions, weighed in on the matter
and recommended that they seek a new star, though Toale was
still said to be in the running to keep the role as of last
thanks goes out to Andrea for the awesome "orange shirt"
POSTED FEBRUARY 20, 2006
Rhames Cast As McCaffery
We have just learned that Golden Globe award winner Ving
Rhames (Kojak, Mission: Impossible III) has been
cast on the CW Aquaman project as McCaffery, the lighthouse
keeper and A.C.'s mentor.
tuned to AquamanTV for more big news later this week.
This casting, as well as the casting of Denise Quiñones
as Rachel, have both now been confirmed in Variety.
POSTED FEBRUARY 13, 2006
Quiñones Joins Mercy Reef As "Rachel"
Denise Quiñones, who was recently seen in the
Smallville episode "Vengeance" as Andrea, the
"Avenging Angel," will be hanging out with another
future superhero soon as she has been cast in the role of Rachel,
a young woman who is a potential love interest for the A.C.
was crowned Miss Universe in 2001 after being named Miss Puerto
Rico the same year. Denise was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on
September 9, 1980.
here to read the AquamanTV cast page!
POSTED FEBRUARY 3, 2006
Mention In TV Guide Insider
An online interview with TV's original Man From Atlantis, Patrick
Duffy, has its TV Guide interviewer making an Aquaman
Me, I'd like to see the Man from Atlantis as Aquaman's dad on
the Smallville spin-off.
Duffy: That would be a very nice wink-wink, nudge-nudge
kind of thing. I'm open to all of it. I am of the age now where
I'm not going to be the swashbuckling superhero, and that's
can read the entire article here.
Aquaman Roles Being Cast
Special thanks to: Ms. Info
for the Aquaman TV pilot is less than a month away, and
that means some more roles for the pilot episode are being cast.
These roles will include one or two that are very important
to the Aquaman mythos.
here to see what they are.
POSTED JANUARY 28, 2006
To Create Aquaman FX
Entity FX, who have done the special effects work for Smallville
since its second season, will also be doing the effects work
for the Aquaman pilot, according to this
we'll have some more Aqua-related news soon.
POSTED JANUARY 24, 2006
& The WB Merge; What Does This Mean For Aquaman?
It has been announced that both UPN and The WB television networks
will cease operations and merge as one network - currently called
"The CW" - that will premiere in the Fall of 2006.
This will create a 6-night network of combined programming consisting
of the best of The WB and UPN.
this means fewer timeslots will be available on the fall schedule,
and that competition for those slots will be tougher.
tuned and we'll post updates as we hear more. At the current
moment it sounds like Aquaman's future is still solid.
POSTED JANUARY 23, 2006
Talks To Gough About Aquaman
The American science fiction and genre magazine CFQ
has a 2-page feature on the Aquaman pilot in their January/February
are some highlights from Edward Gross's interview with executive
producer Alfred Gough.
what will separate this Aquaman from the version of the character
we saw on Smallville: "I think the character in
that episode was a little further along in his development
than we want to do on the series," Gough told CFQ.
what makes the young version of Aquaman, "A.C.,"
markedly different from Smallville's Clark Kent: "I
have to say that if Clark Kent is Luke Skywalker, then Arthur
Curry has got to be Han Solo."
is perceived as cool, whereas characters like Aquaman and
Superman are perceived as kind of lame goody two-shoes. Certainly
five years ago Superman was perceived as a boy scout. It's
a challenge, but it's fun because there lies the ability to
surprise people with what you do," Gough says.
A.C.'s powers: "He can breathe underwater and swim faster
than humans and has super strength underwater," Gough
tells CFQ. "He can operate on land, but we're
playing with the fact that if he's exposed to water, his powers
kick in on land. This is being done for a couple of reasons.
One, we want to tell stories on land and not just spend entire
episodes on the water. Two, this gives you the ability to
expand his crime-fighting abilities on land as well. What's
also good about Aquaman is that his Kryptonite is that if
he doesn't get water, he dehydrates, gets sick and weakens,
which is much easier than looking for a Kryptonite rock."
Later in the interview, Gough says "What we're thinking
is that his exposure to water on land gives him limited super
strength. It's kind of like Popeye with spinach, which is
the easiest analogy."
reveals that there are many story opportunities for an Aquaman
series. "The stories themselves will deal with stopping
polluters, there will also be Bermuda Triangle stories, there
will be stories involving the military, there will be stories
on land. In the real world we just had bandits robbing cruise
ships - that's a good Aquaman story," he says. "In
some ways, I think you'll have a lot more story opportunities
than we initially did on Smallville, because there are so
many areas that we will be able to pull from."
you want to read the full article (which features many more
quotes from Gough), the latest issue of CFQ is now available
on newsstands - look for King Kong on the cover. You can also
learn more about CFQ at CFQ.com.
Aqua-Details In Gough TV Guide Online Interview
TV Guide Online has spoken to Executive Producer Alfred
Gough about Smallville's
100th episode, and within there was some talk about that Aquaman
TV pilot. Here are the new details which surfaced:
You mentioned Aquaman before. Where do you stand with the
Gough: We cast Aquaman, obviously Will Toale
and we are prepping to start shooting in March in Miami.
Does Alan Ritchson feel gypped? Was there any unsaid agreement
that, having guest-starred as Smallville's A.C., he'd
get dibs on the series?
Gough: No, there wasn't, because at the time we did
the episode, we had no plans for doing a series. We think
Alan did a great job in that episode, but when you see the
series, it's a different version of the character than what
you saw on Smallville.
The basic "hook," no pun intended, is that A.C.
runs a dive shop?
Gough: He lives in the Florida Keys, and again, it's
a guy in his twenties who really doesn't know about his destiny
and has these abilities. He uses them to have fun and get
laid, but then in the pilot, destiny comes knocking at his
door and he realizes what his true calling is, which is that
he's the exiled prince of Atlantis. We liken him to Prince
Hal in Henry IV, before he becomes Henry V.
It's about getting his act together because his future holds
bigger things than running a dive shop.
Will it be a struggle to keep his adventures land-based? I
mean, how many sea horses can he summon to apprehend a bank
Gough: There will be a fair amount of tank work, but
we're not going to Atlantis or anything like that. Plus, you
obviously also have the Bermuda Triangle down there as well,
so that plays a part.
Who knows what sort of creepy crawlies can come out of there?
Gough: Right, who knows what could come out
of the Bermuda Triangle?
can read the entire interview by clicking
here. Be warned of potential
POSTED JANUARY 20, 2006
Gough On Crossovers
Should Aquaman's TV pilot lead to an ongoing series,
don't necessarily expect for there to be immediate crossovers
with that other superhero TV series executive produced by Alfred
Gough and Miles Millar.
an interview with our companion site KryptonSite, here's what
Gough had to say about the potential for crossovers:
Will the Aquaman series take place in the Smallville universe?
Is there any chance of a crossover?
Will we crossover? My guess is down the road, perhaps there
will be some crossover. I don't think in the first season,
but don't hold me to that, that could all change. I think
you have to establish a show on its own terms before you could
start to do that kind of stuff. It's not like a Buffy/Angel
thing where you're spinning a character that you've lived
with in one show into another show, so it feels obvious that
you cross people over.
read the entire interview, click
here. Be warned that the interview contains spoilers for
Smallville episode 100 and beyond.
POSTED JANUARY 14, 2006
To Begin Shooting March 6
The January 20, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly has
a brief article about Will Toale's Aquaman casting and notes
that the pilot is scheduled to begin March 6. The issue is available
at newsstands now and features a photo of Toale that we don't
even have in our extensive gallery.
what they said, including quotes from series creators Alfred
Gough and Miles Millar:
-- besides the ability to make orange spandex pop -- qualifies
an actor to play Aquaman? Let's check in with Smallville
co-creator Al Gough, who just signed newcomer Will
Toale to star as the King of Atlantis in a pilot he's
devloping for The WB. "Like all great WB stars, he comes
from the Great White Way," Gough quips of the Streetcar
Named Desire vet. "The fact that he's good-looking
is just an accident." (Gough and co-exec producer Miles
Millar also cite Toale's "warmth, strength, and charm.")
But back to the spandex: Toale -- who despite what IMDb.com
says, appears fully clothed in his sole film credit, Uptown
Girls -- will play twentysomething Florida dive shop owner
A.C. (that's Arthur Curry for the Aquaman-lore impaired.)
The team starts shooting the pilot March 6, and Gough, who
has demonstrated with Smallville that he's undaunted
by Big Ideas, promises the following: "If I'm going to
give you the pretentious literary influence, it's Henry
POSTED DECEMBER 28, 2005
Pilot Mentioned In TV Guide
Still no news on the Aquaman pilot, which is still casting...
we did, however, find a feature in the latest issue of TV Guide
where they speculate on who should star in the series.
results are obviously humorous, but thanks to Meda Saber, we
have a scan. Enjoy!
POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2005
Talks About Aquaman In Entertainment Weekly
An article in Entertainment Weekly about the current
TV season's success stories had a large focus on Smallville
with quotes from executive producer Alfred Gough.
At one point in the article, Gough talks about what will differentiate
the Aquaman project from its precursor.
is puberty with superpowers. This will be about adulthood -
you have this power, so what are you going to do with your life?"
can find scans of the article at KryptonSite.
POSTED NOVEMBER 14, 2005
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Aquaman Details Revealed In Daily Variety
Variety's print editions today revealed more about the
Aquaman project. Here are some highlights:
Millar and Gough are hoping to create "a grounded version
of the Aquaman mythology." The focus will be on an Arthur
Curry who "knows what he wants to do with his life, which
is to protect the oceans."
will have some superpowers, though he's only still beginning
to understand them. Powers will include breathing underwater
and super-strength underwater. Even a little bit of water
will enhance his power, which will allow the producers to
explore some stories on land.
Entertainment's David Janollari said that when work on the
Smallville episode "Aqua" progressed, "it
became clear there was a WB series in Aquaman... potentially
the next-generation hit for us in the vein of Smallville."
Gough and Millar considered a possible Lois Lane series, "this
was the first idea where we really thought we had a franchise,
where we could see 100 episodes," Millar told Variety.
Smallville director Greg Beeman will be directing the
series pilot, according to Daily Variety.
POSTED NOVEMBER 13, 2005
Aquaman Won't Be Alan Ritchson
new face will be playing the role of Arthur Curry in the Aquaman
TV pilot, which is tentatively said to be shooting in Florida
in early 2006.
is searching in many places - from New York to Los Angeles,
Miami, Canada, even Australia - in the search for a new Aquaman.
The "new guy" will likely be in his early twenties.
casting notice went out in early November looking for the following:
Curry (aka Aquaman): 18-24 years old. Blond or light brown hair,
drop dead handsome with an incredible swimmer's body...SERIES
reports imply that the Smallville "Aqua" episode
was not intended to be a template for the new series, so there
may be some tweaks and changes from the initial interpretation.
To further hammer home that this is a different project and
not a Smallville spin-off, Ritchson was "not even
a contender" for the series. "He did a wonderful job
on the show, but this is going to be a different version of
the 'Aquaman' legend," Executive Producer Alfred Gough
said in today's Variety. The pilot "will be different
than what you saw on Smallville. That was our out-of-town
Florida Keys and the nearby Bermuda Triangle may be locations
and settings that will come into play in an Aquaman series.
Also, don't look for the show to necessarily be called Aquaman.
"There's a mystery surrounding the disappearance of
(Curry's) mother and the Bermuda Triangle," Gough told
Variety, adding that other weird occurrences related
to the Triangle will provide plotlines. It was also revealed
that Arthur will live with his adopted father, an officer with
the Coast Guard.
that's all we have for now! Stay tuned to AquamanTV for more
information as it becomes available.
Hollywood Reporter Confirms
Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the WB has made a
"put pilot commitment" for an Aquaman TV series.
It, like Smallville, will be created and executive produced
by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. "The project is envisioned
as a contemporary reinterpretation of the character who lives
in the deep sea and enlists sharks and other oceanic creatures
to help him in his crime-fighting endeavors," the article
says. It also reveals that this character will be in his early
here to read the Hollywood Reporter article!
POSTED NOVEMBER 9, 2005
Confirms Aquaman Rumors
Guide's Mike Ausiello has confirmed in his
weekly column that the rumors of an Aquaman spin-off from
the creators of Smallville are true.
this pilot actually happen, you can rely on AquamanTV as being
your source for the Aquaman TV project much like KryptonSite
for Smallville and Gotham
Clock Tower for Birds of Prey in the past. As you
can see below, there is certainly a demand for such a project,
as 59% of fans polled said they would at the very least consider
watching an Aquaman TV spin-off. "Aqua" was
one of Smallville Season 5's highest-rated episodes thus
this development on the AquamanTV forum at KryptonSite!
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