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"Arthur Curry, I hear you can talk to fish."
Bruce Wayne meets Arthur[src]

Arthur Curry, born with the Atlantean name Orin, is the king of Atlantis, as well as the superhero known as Aquaman.

While initially unwilling and hostile, Aquaman would eventually be recruited by Batman and Wonder Woman to be a member of the Justice League, in order to help defend Earth against the imminent alien invasion of Steppenwolf and his Parademon army.


Early lifeEdit

Arthur Curry was born on January 29, 1979, in Amnesty Bay, Maine, to Thomas Curry, a lighthouse operator, and Atlanna, an exiled Atlantean queen. This heritage caused him to start developing incredible strength and the ability to breathe underwater at age 2, when his father found him playing underwater for an hour without drowning. Though his ignorance regarding how to handle them induced Arthur to become very conflicted, with internal struggles.

Monitored by Lex LuthorEdit

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Lex Luthor kept an eye on Aquaman, as he did with other recorded metahumans. LexCorp Industries recorded a video of him while he hid inside a wrecked ship in a Pacific Ocean trench near Tonga. The camera showed Aquaman emerging from the shadows displaying blue eye-shine, and then aiming his trident and stabbing it. Another camera showed him swimming fast enough to cause an underwater sonic boom.[1]

Meeting Bruce WayneEdit

Arthur Curry meeting Bruce Wayne

Arthur meeting Bruce for the first time.

"Arthur Curry... I hear you can talk to fish."
Bruce Wayne to Arthur Curry[src]

Arthur was visited by Bruce Wayne in Newfoundland,[2] Canada, who had learnt of his location from files given to him by Amanda Waller.[3] He arrived during the winter, during which time Arthur brought fish to feed the hungry, always coming on the King tide. On the day right after the King tide, Bruce arrived at the village and asked to speak with Arthur. When Arthur revealed himself to be there, standing among the villagers, Bruce let the latter know that an impending enormous threat was coming to the world, asking Arthur to join the Justice League under his leadership. Arthur, however, was hostile, proceeding to angrily lift and pin Bruce against the wall, ultimately refusing to join at first.[4]


"Dressed like a bat? I dig it."
―Aquaman to Batman[src]

Initially, Arthur Curry is a very conflicted individual, struggling with the fact that he has superhuman powers which he didn't know how to handle, due to him having not been trained in his childhood. Hence, Arthur grew up feeling alienated from both the human and Atlantean worlds, feeling trapped between them, yet having the responsibility of protecting both.[5] Arthur is thus somewhat gruff and reserved, blatantly unwilling to accept Batman's offer to join the Justice League at first, and gets annoyed with the young and humorous Flash[6]. Despite his somewhat serious exterior however, Arthur is ultimately a selfless and compassionate person, indicated by him frequenting a certain Canadian village during the winter, in order to feed its hungry inhabitants with fish. Arthur also saves a fisherman, bringing him into the shelter of a local pub in the village, but casually shrugs it off by stating that his drinks would be on the fisherman.

Aquaman, while usually very serious and somewhat reserved, occasionally demonstrates a dry sense of humor, notably complementing Batman on the latter's suit[7].

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

  • Atlantean Physiology: Being half-Atlantean, Aquaman is an extremely powerful being, especially when exposed to water.
    • Super Strength: Aquaman has incredible superhuman strength, on par with Ocean Master, King Nereus and Black Manta, though not quite on the same level as that of Superman or Wonder Woman, making him the third strongest member of the Justice League.[8] His strength allows Aquaman to easily lift and pin Batman against a wall (hard enough to make the latter grunt), to easily destroy an underwater LexCorp Industries drone with a single trident stab[1], to impale multiple Parademons at once with a hurled trident[7], to firmly stay on top of the speeding Batmobile[7], and to even stand without being moved by huge ocean waves.
      • Super Leaps: Aquaman is able to use his incredible strength to jump immense vertical and horizontal distances, with him leaping from the speeding Batmobile's roof, up at a group of airborne Parademons[7].
    • Super Durability: Aquaman is incredibly durable, as he is able to withstand immense underwater pressures.[1]
    • Marine Communication: Aquaman is able to communicate with sea life.[8]
    • Underwater Breathing: Aquaman, due to his Atlantean heritage, can naturally breathe underwater.[8]
    • Super Speed: While underwater, Aquaman can swim at supersonic speeds, managing to thus successfully escape from an underwater LexCorp Industries drone and cause a sonic boom in the water.[1]

  • Skilled Combatant: Aquaman, though not on par with Batman or Wonder Woman (due to having far less experience), has proven himself a very capable armed combatant (when armed with his trident), with him single-handedly taking down many Parademons in rapid succession.

  • Beings of Greater Power: Aquaman, when fighting beings of equal or greater incredible might, like fellow Atlanteans Ocean Master or King Nereus, the enhanced Black Manta, or his stronger teammate Wonder Woman, is more vulnerable, as they can generate enough force to knock out, injure and even kill Aquaman, bypassing his immense durability.

  • Trident:
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    Aquaman wielding his trident's power.

    Aquaman's primary weapon, which, due to its nature, is one of the extreme few weapons that can actually injure the otherwise invulnerable Kryptonian Superman,[9] in addition to also being able to help Aquaman summon and generate massive waves.






  • According to Jason Momoa, Aquaman is the only member of the Justice League to technically be "both a human and a god."[10]
  • While hiding in dark of the wrecked ship, he displayed blue colored eye-shine, similar to raccoons, cats or dogs.
  • Aquaman and Batman both have fathers named Thomas, who are both also deceased.
  • This is first version of Aquaman not to be blonde.
  • This version of Aquaman combines aspects from past versions:
    • He is able to communicate with marine life, like the version from Super Friends
    • He has long hair, unshaven, and dry-witted, like the version from Justice League Unlimited
    • He can control water with a trident, like the version from Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.
    • He can wield his trident in melee combat like the Injustice: Gods Among Us version.
    • His Atlantean name is Orin, like the version from Smallville.


Promotional imagesEdit

Concept ArtEdit

External linksEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Goyer, David S., Terrio, Chris (writers) & Snyder, Zack (director) (March 25, 2016). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  2. Zack Snyder Shares A New Batch Of Set Photos From Justice League
  3. Ayer, David (writer and director) (August 5, 2016). Suicide Squad.
  4. Terrio, Chris (writer) & Snyder, Zack (director) (November 17, 2017). Justice League.
  5. Aquaman: Exclusive First look by the CW
  6. The Flash Plays "Annoying" Comic Relief in 'Justice League'
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer #2 (2017) Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot DCEU Superhero Movie
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 DC Films Presents: The Dawn of the Justice League
  9. Zack Snyder Defends Aquaman’s Honor - The Mary Sue
  10. Aquaman: Exclusive First look by the CW

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