So this will be the most geeky post you read today, if not the entire month. Jason Momoa (of Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian, and Stargate: Atlantis) has been confirmed at Aquaman in the new Batman v. Superman movie, which is sort of the sequel to Man of Steel.
I can’t claim to be a Jason Momoa fan. I’m really not that familiar with his work. However, I am an Aquaman fan. Yeah, I said it.
Aquaman gets no respect, and for the life of me, I don’t know why. Peter David’s run on Aquaman completely won me over in the early ’90s. This was when he grew a beard, lost a hand, replaced the hand with a hook, and donned gladiator armor. Because it was Peter David, it worked. (Check it out if you haven’t.)
Then, slowly but surely, they brought back the orange scale armor and green pants, lost the beard, shortened the hair, and even gave him his hand back. But they kept the warrior attitude.
All too often people think of Aquman only as the guy who can talk to fish. But let’s run down his powers and characteristics. He’s the son of both a human and the queen of Atlantis. He was raised by the father, but discovered his heritage as a young man. After his father died, he went in search of Atlantis, and was named rightful king. He is the king of the Seven Seas, which, as you know, accounts for 75% of the planet. He can telepathically push aquatic life to do his bidding – this includes sharks, whales, etc. His body is super dense which enables him to withstand the ocean depths, this gives him incredible strength and also makes his skin impervious to most human weapons. Furthermore, because of the dense muscles that allow him to swim hundreds of miles per hour, he can also leap incredible amounts of distance while on land. Plus, during his current incarnation, he has an unbreakable trident which is a relic form ancient Atlantis. Aquaman is more than capable of living outside of water for long spans of time.
Aquaman wants nothing more than to bring peace to both the surface world and his kingdom. He is an environmentalist, a warrior king, and a hero when serving with the Justice League.
Let’s not forget Aquman’s queen, Mera. Mera is a warrior as well, also an outsider of Atlantis, and a woman for whom you do not want to trifle. She can control water, shape it as she wishes, move it as she wants. She is a formidable character in her own right, a character more than capable of carrying her own series. When coupled with Aquaman, they are irresistible. I sincerely hope they cast Mera in Batman v. Superman as well, for she would amaze movie goers.
So, are you convinced? Do you now see Aquaman as more than the guy who talks to fish? A few years ago, DC Comics (sort of) rebooted their universe. Geoff Johns, who is known for revitalizing old favorites, decided to make Aquman his pet project. I’ve read the first four volumes, and I loved them. Johns is building a mythology around both Atlantis and Aquaman like never before. Check out the first volume – it’s called Aquaman: The Trench.
If done well, Aquaman could be like Lord of the Rings under water. There is an epic story just waiting to be told. If someone dedicated themselves to building a world for Aquaman like James Cameron did for Avatar, the potential is limitless.