December is going to be a wild month for comic book fans. Two of the most anticipated CBMs of 2018 are heading to theaters, and it's nearly impossible to say which one has more fans excited. Aquaman will finally give the King of the Seven Seas the solo outing he's always deserved. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will redefine comic book movies altogether, opening the door to multi-universe storylines in CBMs. Well, we at ScreenRant certainly can't pick a favorite, so we had an idea: Why not make a list combining the two? So, to keep you as excited as possible without choosing a side, here's into the Aqua-Verse: the 10 coolest alternate versions of Aquaman.
10. Aquaman Of The 853rd Century (DC One Million)
In 1998, DC Comics asked themselves, "What will Earth be like when we release our one-millionth issue of a comic?" The answer was DC One Million, a reimagining of their characters in the far, far future. Along with Wonder Woman and Batman, Aquaman's character got a couple millennia's worth of upgrade. This resulted in Aquaman (One Million). This character is king of an entirely oceanic planet: Neptune. Like our modern Aquaman, he's an Atlantean. However, he's a lot more merman in appearance. Now, we'll probably never see the future Aquaman in a movie, but it's not impossible. After all, the cinematic moment for hot fish people is definitely happening.
9. Aquaduck (Earth-C-Minus)
Spider-Verse is introducing us to multiverse travel, which is awesome, but there might be an even more important aspect of comic book storytelling introduced in this film. Of course, I'm talking about the much-loved "Cartoon Animal Version of a Superhero." John Mulaney's Spider-Ham will definitely come out of Spider-Verse as a fan favorite, but don't think that Spidey's the only hero with an animated anthropomorph in his history.
Aquaduck is a member of the Just'a Lotta Animals, a Looney Tunes version of the Justice League. Other members include Green Lambkin (a Green Lantern that's a lamb) and The Crash (a Flash that's a turtle). And you thought that new Sonic was weird...
8. King Arthur Of Atlantis (Kingdom Come)
Aquaman's (kind of) secret identity, Arthur Curry, obviously took inspiration from the legendary King Arthur. Well, in the classic comic arc Kingdom Come, DC decided to really lean on that inspiration. Costumed by comic legend Alex Ross, this older Arthur bears a striking resemblance to the legendary monarch. And it's not just in his costume, either; it's in his job description. In this timeline, Arthur's time as a superhero is over. He's King of Atlantis now, 24/7. While he did elect a successor to the "Aquaman" mantle in his nephew (the former Aqualad), his priorities changed. The world of the Justice League takes a back seat to the affairs of Atlantis. The world of Kingdom Come is an especially dangerous one, so that's very good for Atlanteans.
7. Aquadus (Tangent Comics)
As you'll see in this entry, not every version of Aquaman was exactly a hero. In fact, characters like Dr. Aquadus of Earth-9 are downright evil. Aquadus comes from DC's Tangent Comics, a reimagining of DC characters based solely on their names. An evil being made of water, Aquadus sought to wipe out humanity and rule the Earth as the supreme being. Thankfully, he was stopped by Earth's heroes with different interpretations of familiar names like Manhunter, Atom, and...the Joker? That's right, DC's Tangent Comics blurred a lot of lines between DC's heroes and villains; and an evil Aquaman wasn't even the weirdest change. That weirdest change was probably the haunted suit of armor calling itself Batman. Don't believe me? Well, in the words of LEGO Batman's Joker, it's "probably worth a Google."
6. Aquawoman (Earth-11)
Out of every character on this list, the Aquawoman of Earth-11 is most likely to make an appearance in a hypothetical Aqua-verse. She was first introduced in a reality-hopping storyline, DC's Multiversity, and went to join a cross-reality team of heroes. Aquawoman is from a gender-reversed version of our Earth, where she teams up with heroes like Superwoman and Batwoman (no, not that Batwoman). From her character's storyline in Multiversity, Anna Curry is definitely the most experienced with alternate timelines, making her a noteworthy addition to this list.
5. Sea King (Earth-3)
DC Comics' Earth-3 has no right to be as awesome as it is. The concept is essentially, "What if the good guys were bad and the bad guys were good?", but the result is just so cool. Owlman (evil Batman), Uberman (evil Superman), and the whole Crime Syndicate (evil Justice League) are some of the best villains DC has to offer. It's not even close to hackneyed "mirror villains" that we see in some franchises. Earth-3's evil Aquaman calls himself the Sea King, Sea King is presumably a brutal dictator of Earth-3's Atlantis, comparable to regular Earth's Ocean Master. At least, that's what we guess. Sea King dies just before we really get introduced to the New 52's Crime Syndicate in the Forever Evil storyline. Still, the concept and design are spectacular. Hopefully, DC will revisit them.
4. Mariner (Amalgam Comics)
If you're into Marvel and DC comics at all, you probably know about the time they were the same thing. Amalgam Comics was a product of the mid-90s, a time when DC & Marvel didn't have a film rivalry to keep their comics apart. The two publishers joined forces to make one epic universe, where popular DC & Marvel characters combined to form amalgam versions of both. Examples include The Iron Lantern (Iron Man & Green Lantern) and Bruce Wayne, while Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mariner is the combination of Aquaman and his closest Marvel relative, Namor the Submariner. For a '90s character, Mariner actually sported a pretty cool look, adapting the best part of both his fathers. Just don't expect it on screen anytime soon. DC's going to be keeping a tight lock on Aquaman, and from all reports, Marvel wants to do the same with Namor.
3. Stan Lee's Aquaman
Speaking of Marvel Comics, this version of Aquaman also shares some DNA with the House of Ideas. But this Aquaman isn't another amalgam. No, this character comes from one of Marvel's most influential parents: Stan Lee himself. In their limited series, Just Imagine..., DC invited Smilin' Stan to reinvent their most popular characters in a way only he could. Similar to the Tangent Comics universe, Lee's reinventions would be based on character names only. With this in mind, Lee told the story of Ramon Raymond. Originally a mild-mannered marine biologist, Raymond got superpowers from a mysterious glowing green substance on a dive. After that, he could turn his body into liquid, controlling its shape and density. Though this certainly isn't a new power in comics, it was the only example of a character with this power created by Stan Lee. Eat your heart out, Hydro-Man.
2. Golden Age Aquaman
Our current Aquaman is Arthur Curry (son of a lighthouse keeper), Tom, and Atlantean Queen, Atlanna. But when More Fun Comics first published the Aquaman character, he was almost unrecognizable. For example, Golden Oldie Aquaman's powers were taught to him by his scientific father. That's right, this character just learned how to breathe underwater, swim at impossible speeds, and talk to fish. He also just learned he had superhuman strength, an octopus sidekick named Topo, and friends that made up a proto-Justice League. Oh, and when he wasn't out Aquaman-ing, the character gave his identity as "Mr. Waterman." Mr. Waterman. Look, I can't wait to see Jason Momoa's take on Arthur Curry. But I really think this version of the character has film potential, too.
In the warped DC reality of Flashpoint, Aquaman never learned to love humanity. Taken from his father at a young age, Orin of Atlantis grew to be a powerful ruler of Atlantis, placing his kingdom above the land-dwellers in every way. When Atlantis's might is challenged by the Amazons and their ruler Diana, Orin becomes a War King, dedicated to wiping out the threat by any means necessary. This is the most morally-skewed Aquaman on here, as evidenced by Orin sinking all of Western Europe into the sea. However, there's an element of pity to this character as well. The Atlantean/Amazonian war began shortly after a doomed romance between, doomed by Orin's traitorous brother Orm. The Aquaman we're about to see on screen won't lack morality as this one does, but let's hope he's got all the strength, determination, and (*pun incoming*) depth that Flashpoint's does.
What's your favorite alternate-reality Aquaman? Do you think the DCEU will ever tap into the multiverse? Let us know in the comments section below!