Arthur Curry is a fictional male in the Justice League comic series who was portrayed on screen by Jason Mamoa. Contains Spoilers if you not seen the film.
In the films, Arthur Curry is introduced briefly in Batman Vs. Superman where we see a shot of Aquaman underwater. Aquaman didn't have a role to play in the previous film. On screen, his first appearance is in Justice League where the group of superheroes attempt to stop Steppenwolf, an alien from another world. Arthur Curry is the reluctant member of the group who needs to be convince to join.
Bruce Wayne has managed to track Arthur Curry to an Icelandic village where the legend has it a man comes bearing fish from the sea when all other food sources are scarce. Arthur Curry declines Bruce's request for help, instead Arthur just goes back into the water and swims away. When Steppenwolf steals the Mother Box, Aquaman joins the fight.
In the comics, Aquaman is a blonde man who can control water and talk to fish allegedly. His main weapon is a trident or five pronged fork as we see in the first outing of him in the movie. In the film, Arthur Curry is played by Jason Mamoa, a dark haired man with a little bit of blonde at the ends of his hair as a nod towards the blonde in the original comic series. Aquaman is heavily tattooed which is presumed another change from comic, not having read it myself tho.
In the comics, Aquaman is shown wearing orange and green and having blonde hair. For the Justice League films, the character is totally different, instead of being caucasian, the actor is of native Hawaiian descent. At the bottom of Jason's hair is blonde hairlight as a nod towards the blonde hair of the comic character.
The comic has him king of Atlantis, the city that sunk below the waves and wasn't seen again. Its not apparent as to his title in the film but its presumed not to be king. In the comics, his love interest is Mera. There is a brief view of Mera but she doesn't play too much of a part in Justice League. Mera and Aquaman are not an item in this film. To see more of Aquawoman, you will need to wait until the following year when Aquaman hits the cinemas. The main anagonist of Aquaman is Black Manta but for the movie, the main antagonist is Ocean Master.
In the first decade of the twenty first century, Warner Bros. tried to get a television series of Aquaman going. They chose the lead, Justin Heartly but beyond the pilot being made, nothing happened. The lead would go on to play Oliver Queen in the Smallville series instead.
The first appearance of Arthur Curry in an episode is in Aqua where he beats Clark Kent in saving Lois Lane from drowning. He would make a few guest appearances rather than become a regular guest character like Oliver Queen. Meta would make an appearance in the series also.
Alan Richtson who played Arthur on the series would then go on to play Hank Hall / Hawk in the DC Titans series premiering in 2018.
Black Mantra is the most well known of Aquaman's enemies. Mantra is a human from above who wears an oversized helmet to enable him to breathe. The only real name that has been given to the character is David. Black Mantra wants to destroy Aqauaman out of revenge.
In the original stories, Black Mantra holds Aquaman responsible for not saving him from pirates when he so needed it. In the updated verson of Aquaman, 2011 version, Mantra accidentally killed Aquaman's father which in turn resulted in Aquaman killing Black Mantra's father. Since those incidents, both have been sworn enemies of one another.
The hatred between the two characters resulted in Black Mantra being responsible for the death of Aquaman's son. Black Mantra once appeared albeit a short time in the Suicide Squad, the group of criminals that have been given a second chance at redeeming themselves and working for the government on impossible missions. Hollywood Reporter
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