I'm pretty sure you've all heard of Aquaman. Probably one of the most peculiar characters in the DC Universe, he's only really powerful in water and has a tacky outfit. He's probably one of the most laughable members of the Justice Lea-
Truly, there is a whole lot going on in Aquaman's history, and with the coming superhero film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (let's face it, it might as well just be "Justice League"), I thought we could all use a little extra knowledge about him.
Aquaman's story has been remade and retold throughout the different "Ages" of comics. (They have the Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Dark Age, and Modern Age. That's a lot of Ultrons.)
However, this article will try to focus on his story in the Post-Crisis continuity, where the DC universe was rebooted for the first time.
In this story, Aquaman is born to Queen Atlanna in the Kingdom of Atlantis. Born with the name Orin, Aquaman wouldn't start out as the hero and monarch of Atlantis, but an outcast and outsider. Why would this be, perhaps? This is simply due to the fact that he has blonde hair.
The reason behind the Atlanteans' immense fear of blonde hair was because they had a superstitious belief that blonde hair was a sign of the curse of Kordax, a centuries-old evil sorcerer also born with blonde hair.
As a result of being born with blonde hair, the Atlanteans decided to go and dispose of him. They would do this by simply leaving him in Mercy Reef, a place that would be above sea level at low-tide. Because of the exposure to the air, young Orin would perish.
Somehow, though, Orin managed to escape his fate and raise himself in the underwater world, with the sea creatures as company, specifically dolphins. Eventually, a lighthouse operator named Tom Curry would find young Orin and name him Arthur Curry.
One day, Arthur would come home to find Tom gone, so Arthur would set out to live on his own, readopting his name Orin.
It was around this time that Orin would go back to sea and hide from humans in general. It was when he found his way back to Atlantis and landed in the dictatorial underwater state of Poseidonis, that he landed himself in a prison camp, where he met Vulko. Vulko was a scientist in Atlantis who spoke on Orin's behalf, protesting the child's abandonment. This was due to the fact that Vulko thought the blonde hair superstition was nonsense. Vulko taught Orin the way of life of the Atlanteans.
Orin found out that his mother, Atlanna, was also being held captive, so he decided to stay in the prison just so he could spend time with her. Once Orin heard news of Atlanna's death, Orin escaped and went to the surface world, adopting the name "Aquaman," a name that was bestowed onto him as a taunt in the prison. Orin kept his prison clothes as a reminder of where he came from, he emerged as one of the first wave of superheroes to emerge in the world.
Aquaman then became one of the founding members of the Justice League, alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and The Martian Manhunter. He would also prove to be a hero above sea level and below, eventually retaking his rightful place at the throne of Atlantis, with the help of Vulko's revolution against the dictatorship. After a great amount of distress due to the extreme pollution and destruction of the oceans during his term as ruler, Aquaman decided to return to being a full-time superhero and left his position in Atlantis.
Aquaman's powers have been subject to great ridicule in recent years, but one thing is for certain, he sure can pack a punch.
He has proved himself able to stand up against Superman, one of the most powerful men in the DC Universe, and this is due to his immense super strength. Aquaman is also known to communicate with marine life through telepathy, although this ability was downplayed in the New 52 storyline, where he can only give minor instinctual suggestions to marine animals. This is most likely due to the fact that underwater creatures haven't evolved enough to communicate properly telepathically. Apart from that, he also has several other abilities due to his surviving in the harsh environment underwater. He has extremely durable skin that can withstand deep-sea water pressure as well as bullets. He can swim at high speeds, sometimes reaching 3,000 meters per second. (That's my 10 minute 3 k run. In a second. Wow) He swims so fast that he can swim up the Niagara Falls. He also has enhanced senses, like being able to see in near-darkness and super-hearing, which also gives him a sonar to some extent.
Sometimes Aquaman is portrayed as having a powerful trident or a cybernetic left hand, but in the case of Batman v Superman, he looks like he'll be having a trident as his main weapon.
The Trident (Yes they couldn't give it a better name), is an extremely powerful weapon, capable of letting the wielder control water and fire beams of energy. Aquaman wields this as if the Trident was made for him. It was actually made by the first king of Atlantis, known as "the Dead King". This Trident was bestowed to Aquaman by Poseidon, because Aquaman was the ruler and protector of the seas. This Trident is so powerful that it can harm even Darkseid, the evil god and ruler of the planet Apokolips.
In the course of Aquaman's career as a hero, he has made enemies such as Black Manta, the Deep Six, King Shark and the Ocean Master.
Aquaman has appeared in many adaptations since his release in comic books, but is most notably known for his appearances on television.
He was a main character in the Super Friends cartoon series (1973), where he was voiced by Norman Alden in the first two seasons, and then Bill Callaway in the succeeding ones.
In the DC Animated Universe, Aquaman appeared in Superman: The Animated Series (1996 - 2000), voiced by Miguel Ferrer. He also appeared as a main supporting character in Justice League (2001- 2004) and Justice League Unlimited (2004 - 2006), voiced by Scott Rummell.
He is a main supporting character in Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008 - 2011), voiced by John DiMaggio. He also appears as a member of the JLA in Young Justice (2010 - 2013) voiced by Phil LaMarr
In live-action television, he appeared in Smallville (2001 - 2011), portrayed by Alan Ritchson.
He will be portrayed by none other than Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo to Game of Thrones fans) in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.