The anticipated DC sequel, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom trailer reveals what is next for the further adventures of Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. As the first movie focused much more on the love life of Jason Momoa’s character, the new sequel will be about the bromance with his brother Orm Marius.
With the movie, many are expecting are return of characters from the previous movie, and among all is the drum-playing octopus, Topo.
Topo is an ally of Aquaman in the comics and is a recurring character who aids Arthur in his adventures as his sidekick. Talking about his return, director James Wan revealed that Topo, the drum-playing Octopus, will return in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom. As he was for a brief moment in the first movie, the eight-legged musician will have more screen time as he will be “an actual character.”
In the recently released trailer, the audience gets a glimpse of Arthur Cury riding an octopus out of the ocean as he heads to an unknown destination. Director James Wan told Entertainment Weekly that Topo is “an actual character.” The drum-playing octopus is seen riding with Jason Momoa’s character on a seahorse named Storm in the trailer for the DC Sequel.
James teased more about the eight-legged musician and revealed he brought the character from his love of the Aquaman comics. For him, it was the vehicles and the weapons that he wanted to show in the Jason Momoa starrer movie.
“One of the funniest things for me about this movie is designing the Lost Kingdom. We see what the Lost Kingdom is, we see this society, and within it, we see the vehicles and the toys and the weapons and all that. The Octobot is one of their traveling vehicles that move in and out of the water. Everything about the Lost Kingdom came from my love for the Silver Age Aquaman comic book, which is the 1960s comic book. So, everything about it has a very retro feel.”James Wan
In the comics, Topo was an octopus from Atlantis and was known to be a childhood friend of Arthur Curry. He has always been loyal to his king, Aquaman, and actually originated from DC comics going back to 1959.
Created by artist Ramona Fradon, he first appeared in Adventure Comics vol. 1 #229 and became Aquaman’s beloved pet and helper, occasionally showing up to assist the superhero on his missions.
In the first Aquaman movie, he had a cameo, like an Easter egg, as the director wanted to have him in the movie. He was a visual spectacle and a monstrous octopus that just so happened to be quite the musician for Atlanteans in the big battles.
Before the operatic mid-ocean trident duel between the once and future king of the sea and his nefarious rival, Topo is seen around the giant amphitheater full of Atlanteans screaming for blood. His one shot for a few seconds playing a rousing drumbeat with his eight dexterous arms is still remembered by fans.
It is yet to be revealed how Aquaman’s Octopus sidekick will be used in the DC sequel. However, it is being said that the genetically engineered Cephalopod hat has human-like intelligence and will be the messenger to Arthur. Topo might help break Orm out of his prison as Arthur takes him for a ride in a shot of the trailer.
It would be interesting to see how the Octopus sidekick will help Arthur Curry in his new journey. Let us know in the comments what you think about Topo and his friendship with the Aquaman.
Starring Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is set to release on 20 December 2023.
Source: Entertainment Weekly