Imagine If, Aquaman Release Date 1972

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

In the 8 years since their last film, Marvel had released 13 films, leaving DC scrambling to find a franchise. Who better than the King of 3/4s of the Earth’s surface? DC for some odd reason hoped to recapture a certain aesthetic, mainly that of the Beach Party films. It has become a cult classic.

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AQUAMAN- Fabian Forte

One of the stars of the Beach films, of course.

MERA- Deborah Whalley

Another vet of the Beach party scene.

OCEAN MASTER- Sean Connery

His run as 007 was nearing an end, and he wanted to broaden his appeal and range.

BLACK MANTA- Yaphet Kotto

6’3″ Kotto was an imposing presence.

The soundtrack was performed by Dick Dale, of course.


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