Shakespeare wrote “heavy lies the crown,” snd this certainly applies to Aquaman. Despite having held a prominent position on the team he helped found decades ago, Arthur is also the King of Atlantis, and it’s with this underwater kingdom that his true allegiance ultimately lies.
Sure, Aquaman is happy
to help us surface dwellers out whenever an invading alien armada comes a-callin’ – despite the way we’ve polluted his realm over the years – but when push comes to shove, he will inevitably desert humanity (and the Justice League) in favor of his people.
Need proof? Consider the recent Throne of Atlantis storyline, which explored the Atlantean monarch’s inability to side against his own people – at the expense of supporting the Justice League!