Charlize Theron to Produce Aqualad DC Origin Story, “You Bring Me The Ocean” for HBO Max

Charlize Theron is getting into the “superhero business,” but we need to clarify, an atypical business that doesn’t seem at all related to the superheroes you know. At least not yet. According to Variety, she’s producing an adaptation of the young adult graphic novel, “You brought me the ocean“, a YA high school gay love story, ala,”Love, Victor“, this is basically the origin story of the Aqualad character. In the comics (or at least some iterations) he’s kind of a sidekick or ward of Aquaman, but as the comics have used to do, there are many different versions.” Ywhere the ocean brought me” is being developed as HBO Max series.

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That’s not to say “You Brought Me The Ocean” and Aqualad couldn’t connect to the current DCEU down the road, but the property as it stands is very different, feels like a great stand-alone, and doesn’t isn’t really much of a traditional superhero story, and more so, a young teenager with powers struggling with his identity and his sexuality. Here is the synopsis of the graphic novel:

Jake Hyde hasn’t been swimming since his dad drowned. Fortunately, he lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which is in the middle of the desert, but he yearns for the ocean and is determined to leave his hometown for a college on the coast. But her best friend, Maria, wants nothing more than to move to the desert, and Jake’s mother encourages her to always play it safe.

There’s nothing “sure” about Jake’s future, not when he’s attracted to swim team captain Kenny Liu and a rebel against conformity. And certainly not when he’s secretly applying to the University of Miami. Jake’s life begins to outgrow his small town namesake, which doesn’t make it any easier for him to come out to his mother, or to Maria, or to the world.

But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue marks on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back on the current or dive headfirst into the waves?

If that doesn’t sound entirely different, check out the DC page for the story and trailer below – it’s almost the antithesis of DC superheroes and definitely feels more YA. Theron is executive producing the adaptation through her Denver & Delilah FilMrs, with the company’s AJ Dix, Beth Kono and Andrew Haas. Warner Bros Television. is the workshop. Surely DC fans want something DCEU-connected, but it’s probably too soon to tell if they can possibly reverse it.

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