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Karl Urban has already made a significant impact on the world of comic book movies - most notably with his starring role in the growing cult hit Dredd - but it was only a matter of time before one of the DC or Marvel cinematic universes reeled him in for a part. If new rumors are to be believed, it seems that DC may have won the race, as new reports suggest that he is being looked at for a supporting role and possibly the villain in Aquaman.
Paired with their report saying that 300: Rise of an Empire director Noam Murro is being looked at to helm the upcoming DC project, Latino Review has pumped out a scoop saying that Karl Urban is being considered for a key role in Aquaman. According to the story, the folks at Warner Bros. are waiting for the Kiwi actor to wrap up his commitments to Star Trek 3 - which is on track to start shooting this year - so that they can talk to him about his future as a comic book character.
We don't know much about the plot of Aquaman just yet - largely because the film isn't scheduled to head to theaters until 2018 - but if we're discussing possible villains that Karl Urban could play, there is one name that springs to mind: Ocean Master, a.k.a. Orm Curry.
For those unfamiliar with the comics, Ocean Master is Aquaman's half-brother, and after having spent his life living in his sibling's shadow he turns to a life of villainy, hoping to usurp Aquaman's throne and become King of Atlantis. As you may have already realized, the big problem here would be that the plot would have some pretty big similarities to Marvel's Thor, and Karl Urban's version of Ocean Master would be directly compared to Tom Hiddleston's Loki (and who the hell wants that kind of pressure?). At the same time, I could also totally see Karl Urban playing Jason Momoa's brother.
Aquaman doesn't yet have a director, and in all likelihood won't actually be heading into production until closer to 2017, so it may be a while before we get any kind of forward development on this story. Still, do you like the idea of Karl Urban playing Aquaman's villain?