Aquman: Character’s Origins and Evolution

Warner Bros. released Friday a five minute footage reel for Aquaman, directed by James Wan.

The extended look gives viewers a glimpse at the first cinematic adaptation of DC’s most underrated hero.

The footage opens on a snowglobe, resting on top of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. While it may seem like simple set dressing, the two objects hint at the film’s tone and influences, suggesting both otherworldly fantasy and beauty, alongside extradimensional horror with far-reaching consequences.

It establishes the love story between Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and lighthouse keeper Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison).

Over the decades, Aquaman’s origins have gone through numerous iterations.

When the character debuted in More Fun Comics No. 73 (1941), he was the son of human parents, whose widowed father, a scientist, taught him how to survive underwater while studying Atlantis.

In the late 1950s, Aquaman became the son of a lighthouse keeper and an outcast from Atlantis.

In 1989, The Legend of Aquaman Special rewrote his Aquaman’s origins yet again, making him the son of Queen Atlanna and the wizard Atlan who was abandoned and then found by the aging lighthouse keeper Arthur Curry, who gave the child his name.

The new movie has blended these origins together: Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) is “a product of love that never should have been.

He is a man of two worlds and one who feels abandoned by a mother and kingdom he never truly got to know.

The opening scenes stress that Aquaman’s story is one of abandonment and inheritance and the reconciliation of the two.

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