Christmas came early for comic fans this year in the form of a surprise look at the upcoming Justice League film, which debuted at this year's San Diego Comic Con. SDCC may be over, but the Justice League trailer it left behind is truly a gift that keeps on giving!
This trailer looks absolutely amazing, and I'm sure that Jason Momoa is going to crush it as Aquaman. However, the king of Atlantis clearly isn't totally thrilled about joining the Justice League. But why not? There are several possible theories to explain this.
1) Atlantis Isn't On Good Terms With the Amazons
According to Heroic Insider, there has been a long-standing blood feud between the Amazons, the people of Diana Prince, (a.k.a. Wonder Woman), and Aquaman's Atlanteans. And when I say this feud has been long-standing, I mean it's been going on for an entire millennium. What exactly this started this feud, no one seems to know, but my hunch is it has something to do with Zeus having a hand in Wonder Woman's origin and Poseidon handing over his trident to Aquaman. Regardless of why or how the feud began, it's definitely a possible explanation for why Aquaman would not be keen on joining forces with Wonder Woman for any reason.
2) Aquaman Might Feel That War With Darkseid Is A Surface World Problem
Since Aquaman is from underwater, he might not carry the same concerns for the surface world as he no doubt does for his own aquatic kingdom. One might say that in this respect, he is similar to Thor in his lack of involvement during the events of Civil War. Thor was perfectly content to let the mortals play out their "petty quarrel" while he watched from the sidelines. Apparently, Aquaman feels the same about the surface world's fight with Steppenwolf, and ultimately, Darkseid. Aquaman isn't totally heartless, as evidenced by the fact that Bruce Wayne says he provides a starving village with fish during the winter when food is scarce, but he clearly doesn't believe a battle between the humans and Darkseid to be his problem. Perhaps he doesn't feel severely threatened by the appearance of Steppenwolf, though when Darkseid arrives and threatens the existence of the entire planet, he may change his mind.
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3) There Are Rumors He'll Be A Minor Antagonist In the Film
Now at this point, you're probably thinking, "Wait, what? I thought he was a good guy!" Well, he is, but that doesn't mean he's necessarily going to start out that way. In fact, rumors have been flying around for some time that the king of Atlantis is indeed going to be the first act villain of Justice League. According to these rumors, it's not just a conflict between Aquaman and the Justice League, it's a full-scale war between Atlantis and the surface world. Now don't get me wrong, I wanna see Aquaman and the Atlanteans duke it out with Bats and the Super Friends as much as the next guy, but something tells me that Aquaman's battle against the League is going to be relatively short. Why? Because sooner or later, Aquaman will realize his mistake and come to the conclusion that it is senseless and a waste of resources to fight someone who is legitimately trying to help you. The other reason I think Aquaman's battle with the fledgling Justice League won't last long?
Think about it for a minute. Aquaman, like Poseidon, controls all of the seven seas. Now, I'm not a scientist or anything, but according to my research, 71 percent of the world is covered in oceans. Do the math there. That means you've got 29 percent of the earth left to use as a staging base against a guy who can cause tsunamis. If you challenge a guy whose superpower is the ability to control water, you might as well not even bother because you're already fighting a losing battle. There's also the tiny, insignificant detail that Aquaman also can communicate with sea creatures, such as sharks and sea monsters (y'know, if you believe in that sort of thing), and get them to do his bidding.
4) Batman Royally Ticked Him Off During His Recruitment Speech
Now, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this probably was not the best opening line for Bruce to have chosen when he was trying to recruit Aquaman for the Justice League. Aquaman's telepathic communication with marine life has made him the laughing stock of the Justice League for many years, but Jason Momoa's Aquaman looks as though he is about to change all of that. While people have commonly considered Aquaman a second-rate hero, calling him "useless" among other things, these same people fail to take into account that Aquaman's telepathic link to all sea animals and ability to manipulate water means that he is one of - if not the - most powerful member of the Justice League. With this in mind, it makes sense that when Bruce makes fun of Aquaman's abilities, Aquaman's response is to throw Bruce against a wall. He knows what people are saying about him, and he's clearly had enough of it. Of course, we know it's only a matter of time before we see the Atlantean monarch change his mind and start taking names and kicking tail with the Justice League, but that doesn't mean he'll start out that way.
Aquaman is a heavily-underrated character, and Justice League looks like it's going to remedy that. Jason Momoa is going to crush it as the king of Atlantis. Regardless of the reason(s) he's against joining the fledgling Justice League in their fight against Steppenwolf and Darkseid, Aquaman has made it superbly clear that he is not interested in helping out with averting this threat.
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