Why Does Aquaman Suck?
After revealing Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, and even Shazam, (the new moniker of Captain Marvel) Aquaman finally has been confirmed to appear in “Injustice: Gods Among Us”. You would think that a founding and current member of the Justice League would be one of the first announced. Sadly Aquaman very often gets the short end of the stick, and is the butt of many jokes. From Family Guy to The Big Bang Theory it seems no one takes Aquaman seriously. So why does everyone think Aquaman sucks? The answer lies in Hanna-Barbera Productions’ “Super Friends”. “Super Friends” first aired in 1973 and featured a team composed of Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and three original characters that don’t matter at all. In this series Aquaman was rarely seen doing anything useful out of water, and when he was in water he solved just about every problem by calling fish to do his work. Thus most viewers came to two conclusions;
1. Aquaman is useless out of water
2. Aquaman can’t do anything but talk to fish.
These two conclusions are absolute crap, and i’ll tell you why.
1. The Body
Because of his Atlantean genes Aquaman’s body is designed to survive in the depths of the ocean. This makes him strong enough to swim as easily as a human walks, and makes his skin tough enough to withstand point-blank bullet fire.
2. The Trident
Aquaman is a skilled fighter with his trident, which can create water pulses that can be used for high jumps an devastating attacks.
3. The Lovecraft Reference
Once a year Aquaman goes into the depths of the sea and fights a Cthulhu-inspired creature. If he loses The creature will unleash hell upon the Earth. Aquaman has never lost.
4. The Authority
Aquaman is the son of an Atlantean princess who mated with a human. Thus Aquaman is the rightful King of Atlantis and by extension the whole ocean. And considering that the Earth is about 75 percent water that makes Aquaman king of almost the whole Earth. I know that in the new52 Aquaman relinquished his title to his younger brother Orm, but most media portrays him as king, and with the way the “Throne of Atlantis” arc is going we will probably see Aquaman back on the throne soon.
So there you have it; all the reasons why Aquaman does not suck. Perhaps one day mainstream audiences will learn to appreciate Aquaman the same way they appreciate Superman and Batman. Though to be honest I would be happy if the Big Bang Theory just stopped making jokes about “Super Friends”.
- Kyle Lawrence