When you think of superheroes, you think of the likes of Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, right? DC's Aquaman is maybe not one of the first to spring to mind. He even became a bit of a laughing stock for his abilities to communicate with fish…
But since the reveal of the new Aquaman in the upcoming Justice League movie, the laughter appears to have dried up. In fact, he’s looking like the main attraction of the film. Here’s why...
He's played by Khal Drogo
Search for images of Aquaman on Google, and you’ll likely see a man with a cheesy smile wearing green and orange spandex. No wonder the character has suffered so much abuse and mockery. But get a glimpse of Jason Momoa in the Justice League trailer, and few would dare laugh at his expense.
Momoa is a walking tank, making Superman himself, Henry Cavill, look as scrawny as Michael Cera. If you’re a fan of the Game of Thrones series, you’ve likely already seen Momoa, as he played the savage Khal Drogo. In that role, he showed that he’s not just a bag of muscles. He’s a fantastic actor, and will add some much needed grit to the character. We can’t wait to see him in action.
He's a fresh character
Sure, Batman and Superman are great, but between them, they’ve appeared in 21 live-action films, four of which were released in the last 10 years - so you can’t blame us if we’re feeling a little bit fatigued.
For this reason, we’re excited to see Aquaman star in the Justice League, as he has yet to feature in a live action film or television show. Flash is also yet to make his live-action movie debut, but he’s also got his very own television show so he doesn’t feel quite as fresh, while we’re yet to see enough of Cyborg to get excited.
10 years ago, we might have been a bit pessimistic about a superhero making his first appearance on the big screen, but after the successful debuts of the likes of Thor, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man in recent years, we’ve become a lot more optimistic. The only question that remains is whether DC will see the same success as Marvel at bringing the more obscure characters to Hollywood.
His powers will whet your appetite
How many times have we seen super-strength in films? There’s Superman, Hulk, Thing and Thor just to name a few. Sure, it’s great seeing them lift trucks and uproot trees at first, but it gets old quickly.
While Aquaman clearly possesses superhuman strength too, as seen in the trailer when he lifts the not-too-shabby Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), he has many more unique powers in his arsenal. Communicating with fish may not sound exciting at first, but when he’s summoning a shark fiercer than Jaws, you’ll likely be on the edge of your seat.
His ability to breath under water is likely to lead to some stunning combat scenes too. In the comics Aquaman can see in total darkness thanks to limited sonar. Since Batman likes to use the darkness to his advantage, we’d like to see him try and sneak up on the former. It certainly won’t be Aquaman crying out for his mother this time round.
He has a badass trident
What’s the best thing about Marvel’s Thor? Is it his golden locks? His devilish charm? Of course not, it’s his legendary hammer, Mjolnir. There’s something about a magic weapon that makes combat instantly more satisfying, and it looks like Aquaman’s trident will be no different.
The trident has already been pictured with the aquatic superhero (see the Momoa behind the scenes pic below), so we know for sure it will be present in Justice League. And while it looks impressive, the five-pronged weapon is even more powerful than it appears. In the comics, it’s said to be indestructible, while also being capable of conjuring water and making tidal waves come crashing down on Aquaman’s enemies.
It’s even been able to alter the weather in the comics, whether that means making it pour with rain or creating a magnificent rainbow. The extent of the trident’s powers in Justice League has not yet been confirmed (it might only be good for stabbing for all we know), but we’re still confident that it will be one of the most sought after toys come Christmas. Albeit plastic versions… we hope.
Ryan Jones is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.