Everything You Need To Know About Aquaman

The who’s who of Justice League – here’s everything you need to know about Aquaman
Aquaman isn’t just one of the oldest superheroes in comic book history, he’s also one of the most iconic. For over 75 years Arthur Curry AKA Aquaman has captivated fans with his immense retinue of superpowers and one-of-a-kind physiology – an Atlantean-human hybrid unique to the DC superhero universe. As a founding member of the Justice League, Aquaman is a force to be reckoned with... and now his latest incarnation has fans worldwide in awe and anticipation. Jason Momoa, Daenarys’ Dothraki husband, Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, is just the right mix of mammoth size, physical beauty, awesome power and imposing grace. Amongst all the new superheroes featured in Justice League, fans are super keen to meet the 21st century’s big screen meta-human, Aquaman.

Before you do, here’s what you should know:

Jason Momoa's mixed race status (Native Hawaiian/German, Irish and Native American) makes him the perfect choice to bring to life Aquaman’s exotic origins.

exotic origins

Naturally dark-haired Momoa added blonde highlights to his hair to play Aquaman, so his colouring would be closer to the original comic book incarnations, where he is entirely blonde.

Momoa has another Atlantis connection: Aquaman is the King of Atlantis... but Momoa also starred in the 2004-2009 sci-fi TV series Stargate: Atlantis.

Momoa learned martial arts for Stargate: Atlantis and Conan the Barbarian (2011). On top of this he studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to prepare for Justice League.

Every superhero needs a cool accessory – Aquaman has the Trident of Neptune. A symbol of Atlantean royalty, the Trident has had many powers over the course of Aquaman’s history, from the ability to vanquish enemies to making things disappear – and even turning living creatures into other beings.

When you have the strength to throw a 160,000-ton ocean liner over a great distance, then you’re fit by Atlantean standards. To achieve these feats of mass power, Aquaman must be well hydrated.
Aquaman can see things other superheroes can’t – like at night and underwater. He is able to see clearly underwater to a depth of 6,000 fathoms and possesses incredible enhanced vision on dry land, which no other superhero has.

Aquaman knows things other superheros don’t – he comes loaded with special telepathic powers that have seen him labelled as the hero who can ‘talk to fish’. Though that’s not strictly true – it’s more like he can control underwater species through the power of suggestion; and he has an empathetic communication with all marine life, even creatures evolved from marine life, like us humans.

aquaman talks to fish

He’s a scorcher – Aquaman’s physical make-up renders him nearly impenetrable and his heat resistance makes him able to withstand blasts from any human-crafted weaponry. Having said that, his skin isn’t quite as durable as that of Superman or Wonder Woman.

Even more powers! Aquaman also has superhuman hearing, sonar, smell and sound – so enhanced are these powers he can hear a human heartbeat from someone submerged leagues deep in a submarine.

But can he fly? This one is still up in the air but may be resolved in Justice League. What we do know is that he can leap across great distances, launching himself at least 18 metres out of the water. He does this at supersonic speeds, generating so much force that he’s potentially able to capsize a boat simply by landing on it.

When it comes to swimming, no superhero nor foe is faster than Aquaman – he’s been known to go as fast as 1,000 kilometres per hour.

Aquaman mightn’t be a God but he can bring tempests and storms – he can control the sea, sea life and even the weather, not like Thor but more to the effect he can create and control tidal waves. This power was bestowed on him with the Waterbearer Hand, along with the abilities to heal and open interdimensional portals.

aquaman controls the sea

At one point, Aquaman disbanded the original Justice League team – re-instating a new crop of teenage Leaguers and moving the headquarters to Detroit. This didn’t last too long and soon he was back in Atlantis.

Now you’re armed with enough Aquaman knowledge to join the League

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