Aqualad Origin Series in Development at HBO Max, Charlize Theron Producing

HBO Max has stepped up its DC Comics content with shows like Peacemaker and Doom Patrol make a splash for the streamer. Now, according to Variety, Charlize Theron is set to produce a new series based on the YA graphic novel You brought me the ocean by Alexander Sanchez and Jul Maroh. This story centered on the origins of the sidekick Aqualad.

The series will be a one-hour live-action comedy-drama and the adaptation specifically follows the life of Jackson “Jake” Hyde. The character is described as follows:

Jackson “Jake” Hyde, a gay teenager living in New Mexico. All his life he has had a strange attraction to water and longs to escape his desert environment for the ocean. As he explores his abilities, including breathing underwater and controlling it, he also falls in love with his classmate, high school swim captain Kenny Liu.

There are currently no writers or stars attached to the project at this time. However, with Theron, AJ Ten, Beth Konoand Andre Haas of Denver & Delilah Films will serve as executive producers. Like all DC properties, Warner Bros. Television is producing the project.

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Many fans will know this version of the character from the hugely popular anime series young justice, which is expressed by Khary Payton. Jackson was created specifically for this series in 2010 by Brandon Vietti, Greg Weismanand Philippe Bourassa. This would lead to his comic book debut in brightest day #4 that same year. Additionally, the character would later become the second Aquaman in DC continuity. Aqualad has already been seen in live-action while the other version of the character, Garth, was recently seen in the other HBO Max series. Titans.

It’s definitely going to be exciting to see where they take this show given the character’s dark history. In the young justice series, his version of Aqualad was revealed to be the son of the iconic villain Black Manta. Because of this, the character has plenty of great material to work with, and while this is considered a comedy-drama, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for tragic storytelling. HBO Max has been the place for deep and meaningful storytelling in the DC Universe. Shows like harley quinn, Doom Patroland Peacemaker showed us how to effectively tell a more comedic story with rich, darker undertones. However, beyond that, this character’s very relatable love story will be meaningful to many DC fans.


If DC’s past shows are any indication of the quality of You brought me the ocean, DC fans are in for a treat. The show has already started well with Theron on board as executive producer. We’re sure to hear more about the series in the coming months as cast and writers are added to the project. However, until then you can catch up with Aqualad on young justice which is currently in the middle of its fourth season on HBO Max.


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