Are you a fan of Aquaman desperately wanting to get your first look at him in Batman VS Superman? Are you someone who wants to make fun of his costume and character? Well, look no further for the former, but if you want the latter, you best find another hero to pick on.
Batman VS Superman director Zack Snyder has taken to Twitter to reveal our official look at [Aquaman](movie:264237)/Arthur Curry, King of Atlantis. And it's amazing.
Here it is bigger and blown up in all of his kingly glory.
That's Jason Momoa in the Aquaman gear ready to roll, looking scarily like very popular fan art that fans demanded he look like earlier this year. If you were one of those people, you've sure got your wish!
How'd it go from comics to screen? Breakdown!
The costume designers have found a way to incorporate Momoa's tough, bearded look into Aquaman's look while retaining many qualities of the King of the Sea. Blonde, Momoa would look a bit odd- so instead, he's still got his thick, locked hair, but it's sun dyed blonde in many places, giving it a partly golden look. His tattoos have been incorporated naturally into the costume to suit the ones the warrior king might have.
His armour is a direct homage to the gold upper half of his costume that Aquaman wears, as well as his normal armour in comics. But the design goes beyond just colour- the iconic triangles and folds of the armour are everywhere to be seen, in both tattoo format and on the armour itself.
His trident, you may notice, is identical to the one above. Three longer spikes, with two folding out the side as well, giving it three prongs and two deadly extensions. Notice looking at the pictures above and below the iconic triangle-like stacking pattern on Aquaman's armour which has persisted in the character design for many, many years.
For fans of iconography, though, the costume goes even further and more explicit- look to the belt.
Yep, that's the same symbol attached there which Aquaman always wears around his belt. He always has. Some feared perhaps this wouldn't be integrated into the final design, but those fears can subside. To get this to sell, Snyder really needs to convince people how awesome Aquaman really is. If your main fear is that he doesn't look like he's straight out of a comic, he may vary from his regular design a tad, but fear not: it's been done before.
Now note the colour of the top of his pants. Yes, that's right- they are green! Many, many fans noted that in the DC world, which is a deliberately darker and more grim place, he wouldn't have his symbol, let alone green pants- though the gold on Aquaman's costume, and indeed the pants do too! Obviously we can't see all of them, but that fold beneath the symbol is very clearly green.
You might be wondering what's with the phrase Unite the Seven? (While it's hashtag material, I think we should all praise Zack Snyder in that he didn't turn Aquaman's live action film debut into a hashtag poster). It's a reference to the warring of the seven different seas, and the fact that Aquaman is King of them all, residing in Atlantis, having united them. Snyder is potentially hinting at a storyline which will involve civil war between the seas, sort of an extrapolated version of Throne of Atlantis- released recently by Warner Bros as an animated movie, and before that a comic storyline.
Or perhaps there's another meaning, and we're in for some more posters over the next little while...
Seven heroes. United- in the Justice League.
Whatever the case, it must be said- haters, bashers and naysayers alike can all sit down, because this isn't "Super Friends" Aquaman- this is the real King of Atlantis, who will skewer you with a trident and feed you to the sharks at the very depths of the ocean if you upset him. And even out of water, he'll take out about every other superhero all the same.