“Aquaman”: Redefining an unpopular hero

"Aquaman" Movie poster showing Aquaman, Mera, Ocean Master, Black Manta, and other supporting cast members. Photo Credit: Eric Morales

By Eric Morales ‘21

“Aquaman” is a movie with breathtaking visuals, redefined characters, and a phenomenal plot, which does not disappoint.

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) was the son of a fisherman and the queen of Atlantis. His parent’s love was forbidden. When Arthur’s half brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) declares war with the people from the surface world, it’s up to Arthur to become the Aquaman and unite both worlds of land and sea.

The majority of “Aquaman” takes place in the lost kingdom of Atlantis. CGI, Computer Generated Images, was used to make this mystical world into a reality. The visuals are simply breathtaking. The bright and different hues of purple, green, yellow and blue are a treat to the eyes. This version of Atlantis shows how evolved and intelligent the Atlanteans are from their surface counterparts through advanced technology, which really shows you that they are not a force to be reckoned with. One visual I would like to praise besides the setting itself  is the character Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Black Manta has never been seen on the big screen ever before, and everyone who worked on this movie did not disappoint to bring his big screen debut in and strong. His costume design, along with all the other characters in this movie, are as close to comic book perfect as is. His laser beams in which he shoots out of his suit is simply amazing, along with Atlantean weapons and technology as previously mentioned.

With Black Manta being already talked about, many of “Aquaman”s characters have been redefined from their previous interpretations. Aquaman himself used to be seen as a weak, useless character who’s only ability is to “talk to fish” but this movie proved that Aquaman is so much more. He’s brought down to a human state where he is relatable to those who watch the movie. He’s lost in the world and doesn’t know where he belongs, as he doesn’t know his place in it yet. He feels like an outsider and does not believe that he can do any good. Mera (Amber Heard) and even Ocean Master – or Orm – play a bigger role in shaping Aquaman to become who he is, with Mera coming to the surface role to convince and help show Arthur that he is so much more and to prove great potential he has, and Ocean Master pushed  Arthur to step up and save the world which fell into his own hands.

Some may not enjoy or want to watch “Aquaman” simply because it’s a DC movie but they fail to realize that not all DC movies are the same, and the same can be said about Marvel movies. They assume that all movies under a publisher are the same but that is not the reality of it.

  • James Wan directed movies like Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, and Furious 7
  • “Aquaman” has made over $1.1 billion worldwide; It’s the highest grossing DC movie to this date
  • It was released on December 21, 2018, and is a PG-13 movie