Aquaman in other media

Adaptations of Aquaman in other media
Created by Mort Weisinger (writer)
Paul Norris (artist)
Original source Comics published by DC Comics
First appearance More Fun Comics #73 (September 1941)
Films and television
Film(s) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Justice League (2017)
Aquaman (2018)
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967)
Super Friends (1973–86)
Aquaman (2006)
Video game(s) Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis (2003)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)

Aquaman has made several appearances in numerous media and has been referenced beyond the scope of traditional comics superhero entertainment.



Aquaman in The Superman/Aquaman Hour Of Adventure, here shown concentrating and looking over his right shoulder. Concentric rings are shown coming from his forehead as a special effect related to his telepathic control of and communication with fishes.

Aquaman's first media appearance was as the star of his own animated series, The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, in 1967 and 1968. The series, narrated by Ted Knight, proved to be a success for everyone, including Filmation studios as it cemented their reputation as a leading provider of Saturday morning programming, the CBS television network - where it was a top rated show making CBS the leading network on Saturday mornings, and of course it was a hit with the viewers, briefly making Aquaman a household name among kids at the time, as well as comic-book fans who consider it a superior showcase for the character than the better known Super Friends series that followed 5 years later. The series featured Mera, Aqualad, a pet walrus named Tusky for comic relief, and Aquaman's and Aqualad's large seahorses, named Storm and Imp respectively. In addition to his usual array of abilities, this version of Aquaman had the power to throw "water balls," which had considerable concussive impact. Aquaman's character voice was provided by Marvin Miller, who was then better known as the voice of Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet.

Super Friends

Frame taken from the title sequence of Super Friends with the show's title at the bottom of the screen. This acts as a shelf on which the characters from the show are standing. From left to right the characters are: Wonder Dog, Aquaman, Robin, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Wendy, and Marvin.
Aquaman along with the other prominent characters from Super Friends

He was also a major character in the original season of the animated television series Super Friends (1973). In this series, Aquaman was shown to display superstrength—hefting a bulldozer blade over his head, for example, and using it to help stop a tidal wave.[1] He also had encyclopedic knowledge of oceanography and oceanology, in addition to his more familiar water-breathing power and aquatic telepathy. However, this series has been blamed for making Aquaman unpopular, and even laughable, by reinforcing a weak image of the character.[2] In the first two seasons of Super Friends, he was voiced by Norman Alden, and for the rest of the series he was voiced by Bill Callaway.

The Aquaman & Friends Action Hour

The Aquaman & Friends Action Hour aired on Cartoon Network Latin America in 2003 and was produced by Wild Hare Studios of Atlanta, GA.[3] The show, which lasted 7 episodes, was a parody of Aquaman's appearances on the Super Friends animated series. In this series, Aquaman is now the host of a children's television series. He is being pursued by the Legion of Doom, who had spent their entire operating budget on attempts to conquer the world and now have to rent out parts of the Hall of Doom as apartments to generate income.[4] Aquaman was chosen as the lead character in this parody series because the producers were not allowed to use the full cast of the Super Friends due to Justice League airing in the United States.[5] The series is separate from the Cartoon Network commercials that aired in the United States that featured Aquaman and Wonder Woman being saved from the Legion of Doom by The Powerpuff Girls and the Aquaman Dance Party commercials that aired during Adult Swim. Also aired on Tooncast since 2008.

DC animated universe

Superman: The Animated Series

The character made an appearance in one episode of the 1990s animated television series Superman: The Animated Series, where he was voiced by Miguel Ferrer. He was drawn in the "classic" Aquaman appearance as having an orange shirt, green gloves, green pants with green boots, a gold belt with gold "A" insignia belt buckle, short hair, and a clean-shaven face. In the episode, Aquaman, regarded as an urban legend, comes into conflict with Lex Luthor when one of Luthor's undersea construction plans starts causing damage to Aquaman's home, Atlantis. As King of Atlantis, he tries to stop the tests peacefully but his "peaceful" attempts are "met with violence and capture." Lois Lane finds him a prisoner of LexCorp's institute, and she is in turn captured and taken to be killed with him, but Aquaman manages to escape with Lois and returns to stop the tests under the ocean. He almost attacks the surface world with his army, but Superman dissuades him from doing so. When Aquaman tries to leave peacefully, one of Luthor's men tries to shoot him in the back, unsuccessfully, and Aquaman's army in turn destroys Luthor's vessel. Aquaman advises Superman to make sure the "surface dwellers" show more respect to the oceans in the future before disappearing.

Batman Beyond

As seen in the Batman Beyond episodes "The Call: Part 1" (airdate November 11, 2000) and "The Call: Part 2" (airdate November 18, 2000), Aquaman's daughter Aquagirl is a member of a future Justice League. During the episode, Terry McGinnis/Batman goes over profiles of the current Justice League members. According to Aquagirl's profile, Aquaman is currently missing.

Justice League/Justice League Unlimited

Aquaman has guest starred in several episodes of the animated television series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, where he was voiced by Scott Rummell. This version was based closely on the hot-headed anti-hero persona (the producers were aiming for "Conan underwater") of the 1994 and 2001 Aquaman comic book series, with the Viking-like appearance and hook. Here, he sacrificed his hand to save his infant son from being killed in a plot against his life by his evil brother Orm; Aquaman and his son were chained to a rock that was falling towards an underwater magma flow, and Aquaman only had time to free his right arm from his chains before cutting off his left hand to escape his remaining bonds. In the season two episode, "Hereafter", he is listed as a member of the Justice League on the Watchtower database after Superman was sent into the future. He later appeared in an homage episode alongside Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman that pitted them against the Ultimen, modern pastiches of Samurai, Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, and the Wonder Twins from the Super Friends (Wind Dragon, Longshadow, Juice, Downpour, and Shifter, respectively). According to the website Television Without Pity, producers created Devil Ray and removed Aquaman and Black Manta from the series before the episode "To Another Shore" because the rights to Aquaman were no longer available due to an embargo on the characters because of the proposed and unaired Aquaman series.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Aquaman is a regular supporting character on the television series Batman: The Brave and the Bold and has been featured in eighteen episodes. He is voiced by John DiMaggio.[6] As always, Aquaman is king of Atlantis and protector of all the seas. He is described by Batman as a friendly, happy-go-lucky adventurer with a "larger-than-life" personality; he has habits of giving his exploits titles such as "The Mystery of The Stolen Statue" and "The Secret of the Mechanical Sea Monster", and telling these tales to anyone within distance of his voice. He uses the phrase "Outrageous!" whenever he is shocked and peppers his speech with sea-based references. As always, he can breathe underwater, has super strength and the ability to communicate telepathically with sea life. Like other televised versions of Aquaman, he could manipulate the water around him; creating balls, swords, and shields. His character design is based primarily on his classic character design, but with a beard.

Young Justice

Aquaman appears as a member of the JLA in the Young Justice series voiced by Phil LaMarr[7] making it the second time Aquaman has been voiced by a Futurama voice actor. He resembles his bearded appearance, but wears a type of footwear that exposes the heel and toe areas. In "Independence Day," he and Aqualad end up defeating Killer Frost in Hawaii. He and the other adult mentors of the sidekicks end up called away to help Zatara and the other Justice League members prevent Wotan from blotting out the sun. In "Fireworks," he and the other Justice League members arrive at the ruined Cadmus building following Aqualad, Kid Flash, Robin, and Superboy's fight with Blockbuster. When the sidekicks and Superboy wanted some involvement with the Justice League, Aquaman ends up agreeing with Batman and Green Arrow resulting in the formation of Young Justice. In "Downtime," Aquaman tells Aqualad that he had learned what happened following the team's fight with Clayface from Batman (who deduced that Aqualad's homesickness for Atlantis is why the team was defeated). Aquaman ends up called away to help the Justice League with a fire breakout in California. In "Auld Acquaintace" Aquaman is controlled by Klarion and briefly fights Aqualad, but is defeated by his sidekick.

In Season 2, Aquaman is now partners with Lagoon Boy, and is crushed upon discovering that Kaldur'am has been corrupted and joined forces with his father Black Manta. Kaldur'am claims he could not trust Aquaman as he had kept the identity of Black Manta a secret from Kaldur'am. Aquaman states that it was a mistake, and tries to convince him that no one need suffer for it, but Aqualad angrily attacks his teacher. It is later revealed that Aqualad's corruption is truly a facade created so that he may infiltrate the supercriminal organization, the Light.


In a skit for the Mad series, Aquaman tries to appeal to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman about being called "Super Friends." He also appears on a skit called "Aquaman vs. Wild" reprised by John DiMaggio.

Teen Titans Go!

In the Teen Titans Go! episode, "Matched", Cyborg creates a computer program that can tell a person who their romantic match is and when Starfire goes first, her perfect match turns out to be Aquaman. Starfire at first doesn't warm up to the idea of being with Aquaman, but then begins to fall for Aquaman after reading a magazine article about him and stares at a poster of him. Robin though tries to impress her by swimming 200 laps in the pool and then flexing his muscles to Starfire while in his bathing suit. He then creates a costume out of rotten fish like Aquaman, but it does not go so well due to the awful smell from the costume. Later, at Beast Boy and Raven's wedding, Starfire is seen sitting in the audience with Aquaman while Robin sits beside them, moping. Then, Cyborg shows up and tells them that there was a glitch in his match-making program and it turns out that Starfire and Beast Boy's perfect match is a scratching post. Starfire and Beast Boy then battle over the scratching post while Robin and Aquaman cry together after both being rejected by Starfire.



Arthur "AC" Curry appeared in an episode of the television series Smallville titled "Aqua," which aired on October 20, 2005. The episode features Arthur investigating the devastating effects on marine life from a project Lex Luthor has been developing for the U.S. military. In the process he also manages to date Lois Lane before leaving to continue his fight for the ecosystem. Like his Filmation counterpart, this version of the character is shown to have the power to throw "water balls" having tremendous concussive impact; he could also swim faster than Clark Kent. It is also revealed that Arthur wears an orange and green costume because he attends the University of Miami, whose Miami Hurricanes team colors are green, orange, and white. Arthur was played by former American Idol contestant Alan Ritchson. In an allusion to the HBO program in which a successful Aquaman feature exists, when Arthur is asked which environmental group he is working for, he responds "I don't travel with an entourage." "Aqua" was Smallville's highest-rated episode that season.[8]

Ritchson reprised his role in the 2006 (season 6) episode "Justice", as a member of Green Arrow's unnamed superhero team. Along with Victor "Cyborg" Stone and Bart "Impulse" Allen, they fought to stop Lex Luthor from creating an army of superhumans which he has kidnapped. During this second appearance, he is now using the codename of "Aquaman", and wears a costume similar to his traditional one.

In episode one of season eight, Arthur, Black Canary, and Oliver are all searching for Clark who had disappeared after the finale of the previous season. They succeed in finding Clark though Arthur and Canary are eventually captured by Tess Mercer. In the end of the episode, Arthur severs ties to the other members of the team due to their identity being compromised. He returns in the season ten episode "Patriot" with his new wife Mera to help Clark save Oliver from Slade Wilson.


The CW Television Network had announced a live action Aquaman television series called Aquaman (also referred to as Mercy Reef), but on May 18, 2006, it was confirmed that The CW did not pick up the show for the 2006/2007 schedule. Reports (beginning after the upfronts) said The CW was still considering Aquaman for midseason due to interest piqued by the leaked promotional trailer. The pilot episode is available at Apple's iTunes Music Store and the Xbox Live Video Marketplace. It was also broadcast on Canada's YTV on June 9, 2007. It starred Justin Hartley as Arthur "A.C." Curry/Aquaman, with supporting roles by Ving Rhames and Lou Diamond Phillips. There have been no talks of picking up the series since June 2006.



Development of an Aquaman film

In 2007, Santiago Cabrera was cast as Aquaman in a Justice League film called Justice League: Mortal. However, the movie was shelved later in the year.[9] There have been plans to produce an Aquaman film since 2003. Sunrise Entertainment's Alan and Peter Riche planned to bring Aquaman to the big screen for Warner Bros. with Ben Grant, a first time writer, writing the screenplay. However, the film fell through. Years later, it was reported that an Aquaman film was in development at Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, though that film also was never created.[10][11]

He would be played by Jason Momoa.[12]

DC Extended Universe

Promotional image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman for the film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Following the release of Man of Steel, Geoff Johns told Variety that Aquaman was a priority character for the company.[13]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

The character made his live-action theatrical debut with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, released worldwide March 25, 2016, with Jason Momoa playing him. He is seen when Wonder Woman watches several video files of metahuman sightings.[14][15]

Suicide Squad (2016)

Aquaman appears in a photo in Suicide Squad.[16]

Justice League (2017)

In October, 2014, Momoa revealed that Aquaman will appear in Justice League in 2017. In an official special footage prepared by Warner Brothers for San Diego Comic-Con-2016, he is seen to be reluctant to fight alongside other Justice League members at first when Bruce Wayne went to his hometown to seek his support to fight against an extraterrestrial enemy.[17]

Aquaman (2018)

It was announced on August 12, 2014, that Warner Bros. had hired screenwriters Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad to pen two separate scripts for an upcoming Aquaman film. The film was being developed on dual tracks, meaning that two scripts will be written, one by Beall and one by Johnstad, but only the better version will move forward.[18] It was announced that Aquaman will be released in 2018 as the seventh installment of the DC Extended Universe, with Momoa starring.[19] The studio was looking at Jeff Nichols and Noam Murro to direct the film.[20] On April 10, 2015, The Hollywod Reporter announced that James Wan is being considered to direct the film.[21] On June 3, 2015, Deadline reported that Wan has signed on to direct the film and will oversee script duties with Johnstad.[22] On November 12, 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported that David Leslie Johnson will be writing the film's script.[23] In January 2016, Variety reported that Amber Heard is in talks for the role of Mera in this film and the two part Justice League film.[24] Months later, Heard was confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that she will be portraying Mera.[25] It was announced that the film will be set after Justice League and it won't be an origin story.[26][27] Wan also stated that he choose directing the film over The Flash.[28] On July 22, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Will Beall will be writing the film, based on the story treatment from James Wan and Geoff Johns.[29] On August 10, 2016, The Wrap reported that Black Manta will be the film's main antagonist.[30] In September 2016, it was announced that the film will be shot in Australia next year.[31] Wan stated in an interview that the film is a "swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story. A quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone and there will be a dynamic between Arthur and Mera start off as a love-hate relationship where they don't quite click and as time goes by and they try to work together they get closer and closer."[32][33] The film went into pre-production in Queensland, Australia in November 2016 [34] and will begin shooting in 2017.[35] On December 2, 2016, Warner Bros. announced a new release date of October 5, 2018.[36]


Animated theatrical films

The Lego Movie

Aquaman made a cameo appearance at the end of The Lego Movie.

The Lego Batman Movie

Aquaman will appear in The Lego Batman Movie.

Direct to DVD

Justice League: The New Frontier

Alan Ritchson reprised his role as Arthur Curry/Aquaman for a cameo appearance in the animated film: Justice League: The New Frontier, based on the graphic novel DC: The New Frontier. In this film, he is referred to as "Arthur of Atlantis". He and some Atlantean doctors were seen treating Superman's injuries.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths

Aquaman appears in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths voiced by Josh Keaton. He assists Batman in fighting off Superwoman on board the Justice League satellite. In a flashback of the Martian Manhunter, it is hinted that he was a member of the Justice League prior to the events in the movie.[37]

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Aquaman appears in the film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, voiced by Cary Elwes.[38][39] In the true present day, Aquaman helps save one of Flash's rogues from Reverse-Flash's bombs.

In a different present day created by Flash's going back in time to stop his mother's death, Aquaman is shown to be more ruthless and bulkier. He and Wonder Woman attempted to have an alliance between Atlantis and Themyscira, ending up having an affair; his wife saw them and ended up perishing in a fight with Wonder Woman to defend her claim on her husband. The resulting war caused chaos on a global scale, resulting in Aquaman's capture of Captain Atom; he had him used as the source of a bomb to take out the Amazons and himself as a last resort. At the end of the film, he does just that, forcing Flash to head back in time to avert the disaster and restore the true present day.
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time

Aquaman appears in the film JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, voiced by Liam O'Brien.[40]

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

Aquaman appears as the main protagonist in the animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, voiced by Matt Lanter.[41] In the film Arthur Curry starts off with no idea that he is half-Atlantian, due to his mother being the princess of Atlantis and promised to someone else; in the present she is the Queen, and trying to keep Arthur's half-brother Orm under control after Darkseid's attack in Justice League: War cost the King of Atlantis his life. At the time, Arthur has just lost his father and is being watched over by Mera, his mother's loyal right-hand woman. After Black Manta orders an assassination attempt on him, Arthur is brought to the royal armory by Mera; there, he dresses in what would become his costume. Arthur confronts Orm, with the help of the Justice League, but learns that Orm murdered their mother so he could wage war against the surface world. In the midst of the battle, Arthur learns Black Manta had manipulated Orm and summons a shark to swallow him. Thanks to Cyborg's technology, they are able to play Orm's confession of murder to the troops; Arthur takes his place as king, wanting to bridge the surface and Atlantian worlds in peace. Much to his annoyance, Arthur is given the codename Aquaman by Shazam.

Video games

The upper image, taken from the gane's "character shhet" screen, shows Aquaman face on, striking a heroic pose. Prominent is left hand made of water that the character had in the comics at the time the game was developed. The lower image is an "in game" power activation from above, the characters hand raised and a blue "foam" effect surrounding him.
Aquaman as seen in the Justice League Heroes game.

Lego Batman


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Aquaman is referenced in the book The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

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