Justice League: Everything you need to know about Jason Momoa’s Aquaman

Justice League: Everything you need to know about Aquaman
Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is coming to screens (Picture: Warner Bros)

The new Justice League movie will see the first proper debut of a number of superheroes.

Justice League release date UK, trailer, cast and will there be a sequel?

We glimpsed them briefly in Batman V Superman, but Justice League will give us our first proper experience of Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg.

Aquaman has been around in comics for 76 years, and has made a number of appearances in other DC projects – in live-action TV shows, cartoons, video games… he was even a major plot point in the TV show Entourage.

But who is he? What else will you have seen him in? And what can we expect from him in Justice League?

Who is Aquaman?

Aquaman is the half-human half-Atlantean king of Atlantis, an underwater city full of beings who, like Aquaman, can breathe under water and survive comfortably beneath the crushing pressure of the sea.

In most versions of Aquaman’s story (like most comic book characters, it’s been retconned a few times), he was abandoned by his mother, the queen of Atlantis, and raised on land by his human father as Arthur Curry, only to eventually reclaim his birthright.

What are his powers?

Aquaman was a long-running subject of ridicule among comic book fans, which the comics and cartoons themselves have regularly poked fun at.

When your main powers are being really good at swimming and being able to telepathically communicate with marine life, you’re opening yourself up for a bit of a piss-take.

But Aquaman is also incredibly strong and tough (that comes from being built to withstand the ocean pressure) and fast – but only in water.

He wields a trident that is one of the most powerful weapons in the DC universe.

What are his weaknesses?

Typically, Aquaman is not great on land for extended periods of time.

Being away from water for a long time – and especially in harsh desert environments – causes him to lose a fair chunk of his powers.

He’s also not great at keeping hold of his hand. Various versions of Aquaman over the years – in comics and on screen – have lost a hand in battle.

Where else have we seen Aquaman?

Justice League: Everything you need to know about Aquaman
Aquaman as he appears in Batman: The Brave And The Bold (Picture: Warner Bros Animation)

Aside from the comics, he’s been in tonnes of cartoons, including Superfriends, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave And The Bold, Young Justice, and some stand-alone animated movies – not to mention his own 1960s cartoon in which he rode a seahorse.

He also appeared as a live action character in Smallville, played by Alan Ritchson, and an entire season of Entourage centred on Vince playing Aquaman in a James Cameron-directed movie.

What will he be up to in Justice League?

Justice League: Everything you need to know about Aquaman
His tattoos reference the character’s classic costume (Picture: Warner Bros)

He’s being played by Game Of Thrones’ Jason Momoa, who looks a little different to the typical blond-haired Aquaman – but, frankly, makes the character look much more credible.

Going by the trailers, it looks like Momoa’s Aquaman is some sort of surfing dude-bro, a danger junkie and a lot of fun.

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He’s not yet the king of Atlantis in Justice League – he’s the heir to the throne, and clearly still having fun before settling down to regal life.

Amber Heard will be playing Mera, Aquaman’s wife in the comics, and a fellow Atlantean.

When will we see him next?

His solo film is coming in 2018, in which we’ll learn more about Atlantis and meet characters like Queen Atlanna, Aquaman’s mother, who will be played by Nicole Kidman.

Justice League is in cinemas from Friday 17 November.

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