Aquaman returns to "Smallville" tonight, but actor Alan Ritchson has hinted that the long-running television series might not be the only place we'll see the live-action adventures of the king of the seas.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Ritchson said a live-action movie based on the DC superhero is not only more likely than a solo television series featuring the character, but he's heard an "Aquaman" movie is a very real possibility.
"A movie, on the other hand, I think is very much a reality. In fact, I think there's one in the works," said Ritchson. "Some people in LA are starting to get the ball rolling on that."
However, the actor stopped short of saying he had any current involvement in such a project.
"I don't know what my involvement would ever be in that, but, yeah, I think it would be cool to see that happen," he said. "But it's just so expensive to do. It's hard to say if it's really going to happen."
Ritchson made his debut as Arthur "AC" Curry in the 2005 "Smallville" episode "Aqua." He later returned to the role in the 2007 episode "Justice," in which he joins Clark Kent (Tom Welling), Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley), and several other heroes from the "Smallville" universe to form a Justice League-style team to stop stop Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum).
In the interview, Ritchson discussed the difficulties of giving a character like Aquaman his own television series, despite Aquaman's great potential.
"Aquaman's basically the Superman of the Seas and there's a really cool story behind that," he said. "I think it would be fun to tell it, but it's just so hard to tell a story involving water. And it's expensive. In today's day and age, people aren't looking to spend a lot of money on a TV show. Maybe someday they'll find a way, technically, to do it in a fiscally sound manner."
Ironically, "Smallville" actor Justin Hartley, who plays Green Arrow in the series, starred in a 2006 pilot episode for a live-action Aquaman television series titled "Mercy Reef." The series was never picked up by The CW, but the episode can be found online.
Even without a movie or solo television series, Ritchson offered some ideas about the direction he'd like to see the character go in the "Smallville" universe, which concludes in this final, record-breaking season.
"I would personally like to see the Justice League assemble, so I'd like to be a part of that too," he said. "But officially, I haven't received anything on paper yet, so I guess we'll have to wait and see."