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Rumor: Is Universal Releasing A Namor The Sub-Mariner Movie In 2016?

May. 15, 2014by: Graham McMorrow

Universal Pictures recently put a placeholder on the date of Friday, November 4th, 2016, for a "secret" tentpole movie from Legendary Pictures. There are no confirmed details other than its being called an "Untitled 2016 Event Project," and that it's not a sequel or remake; though it may be based on an existing property. So what is the untitled mystery "event" film being released in 2016? Well speculation is rampant on this one as Latino Review is reporting that the film could be the one superhero Universal still has the rights to: Marvel’s NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER.

In case he's not your favourite superhero, here's a quick rundown:

Namor is a hybrid of human and Atlantean DNA, he possesses a fully amphibious physiology suited for extreme undersea pressures, superhuman strength, speed, agility, durability, flight, and longevity. Namor has the ability to survive underwater for indefinite periods, and specially developed vision which gives him the ability to see clearly in the murky depths of the ocean.

There is evidence however that gives this story credence; Zac Efron was recently given a new Marvel script. There was no word on which script it was, but Efron did just give Universal huge weekend numbers with NEIGHBORS. Also, Warner Bros. is releasing JUSTICE LEAGUE in 2017. That movie is expected to include Aquaman, and what better way to ruin a party than to have yours just before theirs.

Again, this is just a rumor about Namor, a movie that doesn’t even have a script, let alone a director. Other suggestion around the Interwebs say it's Will Smith’s BRILLIANCE, the HOT WHEELS movie, and even the forever in development hell MASS EFFECT movie.

So this is where you guys come in: Who would you like to see star or direct NAMOR if it were to happen? I know one director who just loves going underwater, he basically walks on it with every new release of his; I'm talking about JC himself, James Cameron. Sure he's busy for the next decade making AVATAR sequels but as long as we are throwing around ideas.

Source: Latino Review

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1:00AM on 05/17/2014

Oh another Latino review exclusive...

Seriously, you should put the source up first, I could have saved a few seconds of my life reading this scoop. Latino review is just terrible.
Seriously, you should put the source up first, I could have saved a few seconds of my life reading this scoop. Latino review is just terrible.
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2:58PM on 05/16/2014
Namor is a character even comic book fans don't think too much of. When Marvel & DC did crossovers years ago fans voted for Aquaman to beat him.
Like Punisher he's not a character to carry a movie unless you introduce him in another hero's film first, then, maybe.
Namor is a character even comic book fans don't think too much of. When Marvel & DC did crossovers years ago fans voted for Aquaman to beat him.
Like Punisher he's not a character to carry a movie unless you introduce him in another hero's film first, then, maybe.
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11:24AM on 05/16/2014
This movie is pointless since it won't connect with the Marvel universe. He has no rogues gallery to speak of unless you can include other Marvel characters, which is out of the question unless Universal makes a deal with another studio.
This movie is pointless since it won't connect with the Marvel universe. He has no rogues gallery to speak of unless you can include other Marvel characters, which is out of the question unless Universal makes a deal with another studio.
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12:10PM on 05/16/2014
Why does it have to be connected to the Marvel universe? Cant they just make a fun movie?

Rogues:
Attuma, Tiger Shark, Krang, Byrrah - there are tons. They are not know because Namor isn't known.

If you recall, General Zod in the comics was a whatever character, but Superman 2 made him great they can do the same with any of those villains I mentioned.
Why does it have to be connected to the Marvel universe? Cant they just make a fun movie?

Rogues:
Attuma, Tiger Shark, Krang, Byrrah - there are tons. They are not know because Namor isn't known.

If you recall, General Zod in the comics was a whatever character, but Superman 2 made him great they can do the same with any of those villains I mentioned.
3:07PM on 05/16/2014
I'm not denying that he has a rogues gallery, but as you said, they're unknowns. IMO Namor is at his best when he is at odds with other Marvel characters and if you want a successful Namor movie , that element needs to present.

I'd rather see the rights revert back to Marvel. I'd love to see him as a heel to the Avengers.
I'm not denying that he has a rogues gallery, but as you said, they're unknowns. IMO Namor is at his best when he is at odds with other Marvel characters and if you want a successful Namor movie , that element needs to present.

I'd rather see the rights revert back to Marvel. I'd love to see him as a heel to the Avengers.
9:01AM on 05/16/2014

it's been said before but...

Ian Somerhalder as Namor... I could definitely see him in the part.
Ian Somerhalder as Namor... I could definitely see him in the part.
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8:54AM on 05/16/2014

A bulked up Leonard Nimoy circa 1966 would have been perfect!

Now I guess it would have to be Zachary Quinto...
Now I guess it would have to be Zachary Quinto...
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5:52AM on 05/16/2014

Please no pretty boy actors for Namor. Zachery Quinto perhaps?

Namor is a fantastic character with tons of depth and complexity, I really hope this movie comes to fruition! I'd really love see all sides of the character explored within the movie, he's not an anti-hero, he's both a hero and straight up villain. Not to mention snobby prince and once corporate tycoon. It would be pretty cool if they could partner with Oracle like Iron Man 2 and feature it as Namor's company in the film.
Namor is a fantastic character with tons of depth and complexity, I really hope this movie comes to fruition! I'd really love see all sides of the character explored within the movie, he's not an anti-hero, he's both a hero and straight up villain. Not to mention snobby prince and once corporate tycoon. It would be pretty cool if they could partner with Oracle like Iron Man 2 and feature it as Namor's company in the film.
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5:10AM on 05/16/2014
2 Things; Looks like someone finally read my post 'WTF is Univeral waiting for... Make Thor underwater and stick on the Marvel logo all over it and you have gaurenteed hit on your hands!'

2nd. Universal has had these rights since before they got the rights to Hulk which spawned Ang Lee's version. HOW THE FUCK WITH THAT MANY YEARS OF NO PRODUCTION MOVING FORWARD HAVE THEY BEEN ABLE TO KEEP THESE NAMOR RIGHTS?
2 Things; Looks like someone finally read my post 'WTF is Univeral waiting for... Make Thor underwater and stick on the Marvel logo all over it and you have gaurenteed hit on your hands!'

2nd. Universal has had these rights since before they got the rights to Hulk which spawned Ang Lee's version. HOW THE FUCK WITH THAT MANY YEARS OF NO PRODUCTION MOVING FORWARD HAVE THEY BEEN ABLE TO KEEP THESE NAMOR RIGHTS?
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5:12AM on 05/16/2014
But with that said Efron is a goden boy over at Disney, it's much more likely they would snatch him up for one of the many countless projects moving forward based off Marvel Comics than the last and single one Universal has.
But with that said Efron is a goden boy over at Disney, it's much more likely they would snatch him up for one of the many countless projects moving forward based off Marvel Comics than the last and single one Universal has.
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12:24AM on 05/16/2014
Are ppl really stupid enough to think this can be made live action? The only way it could would be him literally being a "fish out of water" with the humans, which basically be a Thor (and many others) remake. Maybe some ppl want to see that, idk I don't. I would want to see him and his story at home - underwater, but that is impossible live action. I guess some ppl don't realize that actors are human beings, and human beings can't breath underwater so they wouldn't be able to act. That's
Are ppl really stupid enough to think this can be made live action? The only way it could would be him literally being a "fish out of water" with the humans, which basically be a Thor (and many others) remake. Maybe some ppl want to see that, idk I don't. I would want to see him and his story at home - underwater, but that is impossible live action. I guess some ppl don't realize that actors are human beings, and human beings can't breath underwater so they wouldn't be able to act. That's the first of many problems. You can't green screen it like Gravity. That's why none of these movies have been made, and that's why there was the running joke about it on entourage - didn't it even have James Cameron "directing" it - poking fun at him and his filmography? If Universal goes forward, it seems like they are just really desperate for a new franchise with Bourne and Fast seeming like they are heading downhill. And this doesn't really sound like a Legendary film.
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6:12AM on 05/16/2014
I agree, I would like to see Namor primarily set underwater and that is certainly not at all a practical place to film actors. But with modern day rigging and human puppeteering devices and LCD graphic screens in place of green screen backgrounds like the ones used in Gravity I feel like much can be achieved with good old fashion movie magic. Maybe due to the underwater setting the film turns out horrible, but I sure hope someone out there dares to be imaginative and creative enough to give us
I agree, I would like to see Namor primarily set underwater and that is certainly not at all a practical place to film actors. But with modern day rigging and human puppeteering devices and LCD graphic screens in place of green screen backgrounds like the ones used in Gravity I feel like much can be achieved with good old fashion movie magic. Maybe due to the underwater setting the film turns out horrible, but I sure hope someone out there dares to be imaginative and creative enough to give us new whole new ways to see things on film like we've never seen before.
12:00AM on 05/16/2014

Universal has the rights to Namor?

Why don't Marvel/Disney have the rights to the character?

We really don't need a Namor movie anyway.
Why don't Marvel/Disney have the rights to the character?

We really don't need a Namor movie anyway.
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1:43AM on 05/16/2014
Yeah, Kevin Feige confirmed last year that Universal still owns the rights to Sub-Mariner, although I imagine that their option would expire in the next few years if they don't do anything with the character.

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Yeah, Kevin Feige confirmed last year that Universal still owns the rights to Sub-Mariner, although I imagine that their option would expire in the next few years if they don't do anything with the character.

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11:54PM on 05/15/2014
Where/when was it said that Aquaman (or anyone besides bats, supes, WW, and cyborg...?) was going to be in JL? I think that's a bad idea and this is a bad idea. A story set underwater, and not how they deal with land dwellers or being exiled from their kingdom, would be cool, but I don't see how it's possible as live action. There hasn't been a more adult cgi film since like...final fantasy? Maybe that way, but I doubt they would
Where/when was it said that Aquaman (or anyone besides bats, supes, WW, and cyborg...?) was going to be in JL? I think that's a bad idea and this is a bad idea. A story set underwater, and not how they deal with land dwellers or being exiled from their kingdom, would be cool, but I don't see how it's possible as live action. There hasn't been a more adult cgi film since like...final fantasy? Maybe that way, but I doubt they would
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11:58PM on 05/15/2014
Just a rumor of course , [link]
Just a rumor of course , [link]
10:06PM on 05/15/2014

If this is true....

If this is true Marvel is ready to go to war with DC and throw a counter to ever move DC makes. I love this because it will force DC to get their shit [link] between these two will only be good for us because it will make both step their game up! I don't know much about the character but I think this could be an interesting role for Efron, especially if they bring in a visually interesting director that could do some unique stuff with underwater battle scenes....I honestly can't think of any
If this is true Marvel is ready to go to war with DC and throw a counter to ever move DC makes. I love this because it will force DC to get their shit [link] between these two will only be good for us because it will make both step their game up! I don't know much about the character but I think this could be an interesting role for Efron, especially if they bring in a visually interesting director that could do some unique stuff with underwater battle scenes....I honestly can't think of any memorable giant battle scenes that have taken place underwater so this could be something unique. With the right script Timur Bekmambetov could be a cool choice with his style and the underwater setting would lend itself nicely to his use of slow motion action shots....just an idea of the top of my head.
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10:23PM on 05/15/2014
Thunderball had a great underwater action sequence. Namor needs to be made!
Thunderball had a great underwater action sequence. Namor needs to be made!
12:01AM on 05/16/2014
As it's being reported, this won't be a Marvel movie that's going to war with DC like all their Avengers stuff. This will be like spider man
As it's being reported, this won't be a Marvel movie that's going to war with DC like all their Avengers stuff. This will be like spider man
9:12PM on 05/15/2014
This sounds interesting. Hopefully they can get somebody awesome to play him, and I wonder how or if they will connect Namor to the larger Marvel universe. We shall see.
This sounds interesting. Hopefully they can get somebody awesome to play him, and I wonder how or if they will connect Namor to the larger Marvel universe. We shall see.
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7:53PM on 05/15/2014
Why not a Scarlet Widow movie instead. Unless Marvel is planning a tie in later with FF4 movies and Sue Storms character? Moon Knight would be a cooler movie but i guess Marvel needs to add sea to their Marvel movie universe.
Why not a Scarlet Widow movie instead. Unless Marvel is planning a tie in later with FF4 movies and Sue Storms character? Moon Knight would be a cooler movie but i guess Marvel needs to add sea to their Marvel movie universe.
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8:42PM on 05/15/2014
Namor was one of the original 3 marvel characters (back before they were called marvel) and he was their first mutant character. He is important, even though most dont know him.
Namor was one of the original 3 marvel characters (back before they were called marvel) and he was their first mutant character. He is important, even though most dont know him.
9:54PM on 05/15/2014
If it's being produced by Universal, it's not part of Marvels cinematic universe. Neither is fantastic four, neither is Spider-Man and neither are the x-men. They're all owned by non-Disney distribution companies and exist in independent universes. It's confusing and annoying I know, but that's the way it is
If it's being produced by Universal, it's not part of Marvels cinematic universe. Neither is fantastic four, neither is Spider-Man and neither are the x-men. They're all owned by non-Disney distribution companies and exist in independent universes. It's confusing and annoying I know, but that's the way it is
10:29PM on 05/15/2014
LMAO.Thats very confusing as to the movie rights.I was thinking how in the comics Namor and Sue Storm have a relationship and they`re making a FF4 movie so future movie tie ins.
LMAO.Thats very confusing as to the movie rights.I was thinking how in the comics Namor and Sue Storm have a relationship and they`re making a FF4 movie so future movie tie ins.
12:48AM on 05/16/2014
Scarlet Widow? If that's supposed to be the result of Scarlett Johansson and Elizabeth Olsen getting together, I'm in!
Scarlet Widow? If that's supposed to be the result of Scarlett Johansson and Elizabeth Olsen getting together, I'm in!
1:37AM on 05/16/2014
Maybe because there isn't a Marvel character with that name? Or if there is it is a really, freaking obscure one. There's not even an entry for a character with that name on Marvel Wiki or Mavel.com.
Maybe because there isn't a Marvel character with that name? Or if there is it is a really, freaking obscure one. There's not even an entry for a character with that name on Marvel Wiki or Mavel.com.
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7:48PM on 05/15/2014

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!

I hope this happens. Namor is my favorite Marvel character. I know some people think he is lame or whatever, but i urge you to read the Tales To Astonish issues (which i have original copies of) and it will change your mind.
He is a VERY interesting character - a bit of an anti hero (to surface dwellers) but a hero to Atlantis. If this movie happens and is done correctly it would be amazing!

PS - i want the green shorts Namor - again yes I know people think thats cheese, but i dont care, i
I hope this happens. Namor is my favorite Marvel character. I know some people think he is lame or whatever, but i urge you to read the Tales To Astonish issues (which i have original copies of) and it will change your mind.
He is a VERY interesting character - a bit of an anti hero (to surface dwellers) but a hero to Atlantis. If this movie happens and is done correctly it would be amazing!

PS - i want the green shorts Namor - again yes I know people think thats cheese, but i dont care, i like it.
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7:34PM on 05/15/2014
If this is Namor, I wonder if it well be connected to the MCU like the Incredible Hulk.
If this is Namor, I wonder if it well be connected to the MCU like the Incredible Hulk.
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