7 Things to Know About Aquaman

Even the most casual Super Hero fan is familiar with Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman, but when it comes to Aquaman—DC’s King of the Seven Seas—folks tend to get the wrong idea. Well, he’s finally made his big screen splash in Justice League, and we’ve got all the Aquaman facts, trivia, and history you need to know: 

1. He’s Half-Human

Arthur Curry grew up on land believing he was a human. However, while his father was a human lighthouse keeper, his mother was the queen of Atlantis. His heritage endowed him with certain powers, but it also left him feeling like an outsider both in the sea and on land. 

2. He Was Raised by Dolphins 

Another essential piece of Aquaman history is that dolphins took in a young Aquaman up until he met lighthouse keeper who taught him ways of the humans. Atlantean culture had rejected him, in part due to his appearance and blond hair, and Aquaman was abandoned on a reef until the dolphins discovered him.  

3. His Debut Comic Sold for $75,000

Here’s one tidbit that will score you some big Aquaman trivia points: Despite the minimal role Aquaman had in the first comic, featuring superhero Green Arrow in the debut was responsible for the comic’s high value and price. In fact, the comic—released in 1941—sold for $75,000 and is deemed one of the top 100 comics in history after it. 

4. He’s Most Powerful Underwater

Aquaman’s Atlantean heritage means he’s a super fast swimmer, and he can breathe underwater. Adapting to life deep under the ocean means his body can withstand enormous amounts of pressure. 

5. He’s Being Played by the Perfect Actor

In Justice League, Aquaman is portrayed by fan-favorite genre actor, Jason Momoa. His most famous role was as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, but he’s uniquely suited to bring Aquaman to life. Momoa was the youngest lifeguard in the history of the Gulf Coast, took an early role on Baywatch: Hawaii and even played a main character on Stargate Atlantis. 

6. In the Comics, his Queen is a Badass

In the comics, one of Aquaman’s most important supporting characters is his queen, Mera. She also boasts super strength and many adaptations for underwater living. Unlike Aquaman, she can control water without the aid of his iconic Trident. However, in Justice League, she’s not yet queen and is portrayed by actress Amber Heard. 

7. You Haven’t Seen the Last of Him in Justice League

Following Justice League, Aquaman and Mera now have their own Aquaman film, released in December 2018. 

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