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Aquaman Redesign Profile by Femmes-Fatales Aquaman Redesign Profile by Femmes-Fatales
This is the sixteenth in a series of character redesigns for an imagined Wonder Woman live-action television series as produced by myself initially based off George Perez's iconic run on the Post-Crisis title. Here we have the King of Atlantis -- Arthur Curry AKA Aquaman!

I really like the idea of the Justice League playing a recurring role in a series for Wonder Woman. While she wouldn't be a member herself, Diana would forge close bonds with those who are part of the League. In my mind, the League would consist of the roster present in the Year One limited series and the person who would serve as their leader would be Aquaman. In addition to that, I wanted Aquaman to be a potential love interest. Since I wanted to keep Superman and Batman far from the series (to prove that Diana doesn't need either to bolster her popularity) I needed someone to fulfil that "first superhero crush" role for Diana. Aquaman fits that so well. The two have a brilliant chemistry in the comics and I like how Diana sees right through him. More generally, they also have similar power sets and both are of royal descent. As such, I thought it would be fun to explore the romantic tension that has been underlying between both of them in the comics within my imagined series.

Visually, Aquaman needed a makeover to work in my series. He needed something that would be more practical and realistic but would still reference his comic look. As such, I went straight for the wetsuit look. He's got a basic bodysuit with detailing that references the letter "A" and completes the look with custom water shoes and a pair of gold gauntlets. In case you're curious, the scales are mostly meant to be flat and non-realistic. It's a flat design across the wetsuit fabric rather than an actual overlaying of orange fish scales. I've also outfitted him with a trident since I figured it would look badass to have him carting it around with him. After all, when Hal gets out of line Arthur needs something sharp to poke him in the ass with.

Stay tuned for the rest of the League!

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MadFacedkid Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Personally like this more than your topless Aquaman character design. Definitely like the idea of Athur/Diana team up. It balances like the other leaguers and theirs a bond that could easily be established and has been played with. Their also teaming up pretty soon to deal with Hercules.

Superman/Bataman: Day/Night 30's
Wonder Woman/Aquaman: Land/Sea 40's
Flash/Green lantern: Time/Space 50's 
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm no longer a fan of this design (hence why I redesigned it). The topless one is so much more appealing and timeless, as well as transforms him into a bit of a sex symbol. Forget about trying to get straight guys to like him, they're already lost causes as they're too busy wetting themselves over Batman. Aquaman would do well with a female and gay fan base. :)
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MadFacedkid Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Respect your art, just not big on the fish net top looking design it comes off with him looking like a male stripper. Same problem I have Classic Namors look or Hawkman which he's been shirtless for way to long.

I think Aquaman can be shown attractive and given a classic feel.

Ex:  static.comicvine.com/uploads/o…

just my thoughts not trying to bash your art.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The orange scales are very cheesy in my opinion. It's very..... The Little Merman. Haha.

If you take issue with Hawkman, Aquaman, and Namor supposedly looking like strippers then you should also maintain the opinion that 90% of all female characters in comic books need redesigns so they no longer look like street walkers. :P
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MadFacedkid Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I was ranting today about Wonder Woman in bikini bottoms, female over sexualzation buggs me to it makes sense for Catwoman though in my opinion. Like your battle skirt designs for Diana, which is probably my ideal thought of what she would wear.

I think almost any silly/goofy look could come off great with a great design, love how Jim Lee drew Aquaman and how they went on to say the scales weren't scales at all but armour.

If you see Future Ends that's a great Hawkman suit.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't make sense for Catwoman at all. She's a thief whose success depends upon remaining unseen. Of any comic characters, practicality should be at the forefront of her design. Unfortunately, she's been wearing a tight shiny latex outfit for the past decade and that's just not right. Lol.

Even as armor the orange looks silly. Aquaman is a character that doesn't need armor. His skin is naturally tough and wearing excessive clothing would not only increase his need for water, but it would limit his absorption of it. If you wore armor, you would sweat more (i.e. lose water) and your movement would be severely limited.
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MadFacedkid Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Her origin makes it more acceptable on what she wears then any other female character. She's a cat burglar not a spy.


Applying logic to Aquaman kinda doesn't work as well like a Half Human/ Half Atlantean being stronger then other Atlanteans.

They could play the top however they want for all purpose it could be Atlantean tech that asorbs water molecules in the air and asorbs moisturazation. Orange top is a classic look and he's a king to a advanced tech civilization. I'm sure it's possible that there suits could have perks to them. 

His Classic look appeals to more fans then any other whether it be hook hand, shirtless or water hand which is my personal fave. I don't see the orange top as silly.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Which origin? The hooker one? She's not simply a cat burglar. As a fan of Catwoman for well over 20 years and a voracious reader of her various appearances, I recognize that DC treats her as their premiere thief and specializes in the most high stakes capers. In essence, Selina is like a more ambiguous Sydney Bristow (albeit without having the CIA behind her). Spies and thieves have very much in common. After all, spies gather intelligence and often take part in missions that require them to steal technology or information.

That explanation for his suit doesn't make sense since the New 52 Atlanteans are characterized as extremists who hate surface dwellers. Why would they build a suit to allow them to be on land when they had no desire to do so prior to Ocean Master's invasion?

Personally, I like to look to Olympic athletes for inspiration for many designs. With the Flash and Kid Flash, I look at what runners wear to compete. There's no doubt that those athletes would wear what would make them fastest. The closest reference point for Aquaman would be swimmers. Hell, I'd bet that the Atlanteans probably wouldn't even bother with clothes in reality. It's a human concept and there would be zero need for clothes in their society.

Of course, we live in a world where we shame the human body to the extent where it gets sexualized by some whenever in gets exposed. Just look at your rhetoric, you say superheroes that go shirtless look like male strippers... So are you going to tell every swimmer they look like strippers? Every dancer? Every wrestler? It's sad that we live in a world where we shame the male body and make fun when people who spend time making themselves look great decide to show it off. Perhaps it speaks more to envy when people are incapable of appreciating the body. Life is way too short to be prudish.
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seanwiccan18 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
When deciding what to comment on next, I was viewing the pieces in my messages that I haven't comment on of yours and this Aquaman redesign stuck out to me. I had actually forgotten about this Wonder Woman television redesign series, which is a shame in and of itself. You were doing such fun things with this series and it sucks that you have seemed to have abandoned it, maybe just for now. I can see why you have strayed from it since the comments you received for Arthur, and I'm guessing the other pieces I have yet commented on from this series, were less than stellar. Way less. (That line about Hal was funny and no where in it do I see you hating on Hal.) It also sucks that we seem to have abandoned reading Wonder Woman, though you might have continued without me. I guess once I started working again, and then you got your internship, everything just kind of fell to the wayside. I miss reading Wonder Woman and talking to you about it. I also miss seeing the different wonderful ideas that you had for this very fun looking Wonder Woman television show. I'm hoping my renewed interest will maybe get you interested in it again as well. Lol. I am very sorry that I've become a bad friend since I started working. I do feel bad about that and it sucks that I let not commenting go on for so long.

Arthur is a character that has really been helped by the relaunch of the DC Universe. Before The New 52, no one really cared about Arthur, or Mera for that matter. But ever since his new solo book and his membership in the League, his popularity really has boosted. And we have Geoff Johns to thank for that. Lol. I have to admit that I really knew nothing about pre-New 52 Aquaman since I jumped on to the DC bandwagon late in the game. By the time I started reading DC, there was a new Aquaman in town. Lol. Of course that changed once Blackest Night happened and Arthur was brought back to life. That's when I got into him, once I was introduced to him. Lol. I read Blackest Night and read some of Brightest Day, before I stopped reading comics altogether. I actually liked his development in Brightest Day. After being a Black Lantern and doing the thins he had done, Arthur wasn't sure of himself. Mera was right beside him and trying to help him through his issues, but is there really much you can do to help someone that remembers being a zombie Lantern that killed people and ate them so that they would then become zombie Lanterns? Lol. It was nice that he was given a fresh new start in The New 52, once again with Mera by his side. Geoff Johns really has done a great job writing them in a such a way that you care for them right off the bat. Yes Arthur can be arrogant, but that's part of his charm. He's the ruler of Atlantis, his royal blood makes him arrogant. Lol. I think having Mera by his side really helps mellow Arthur out and she's able to help him better relate to the people. That's one of the things that makes his and Diana's friendship so interesting. Diana doesn't need help relating to the people, she does that easily, but Arthur has a more difficult time with it.

Speaking of Diana, I really like what little you've layed out for us concerning where you would take Arthur in your Wonder Woman television show. I do like the idea of him being somewhat of a love interest for her, though I am a hard core Arthur/Mera shipper. Lol. I think seeing Diana as a foil would be interesting. Would it be just one sided on Diana's part, or would Arthur have some interest in her as well? I think that would be fun to see play out, as well as their interactions both when the other members of the League are around and when they are alone together. I do wonder what it would be like if Arthur and Diana were to become involved. They wouldn't have to worry about hurting each other since they both have super strength, so they could go as wild as they wanted. XD I think they would butt heads often too. I would imagine that they have different ideas about certain things and they are both strong willed, so you know those fights would happen often and some would be knock down drag outs. I also like the idea of Arthur leading the team. Not having Clark or Bruce on the team is a bold move, but a good one none the less. It really will show that Diana doesn't need them, and that the League doesn't need them to survive. DC's Trinity may be Clark, Bruce and Diana, but it mostly feels like a two-some. Diana doesn't get nearly as much as the other guys get and it's about time that she get her own show and move away from being the buffer between Clark and Bruce. Maybe then they'd finally pork and let go of all their built up sexual frustration. XD Anyways, I really love what you would do with Arthur in your show. It's something that I would enjoy watching, and something that I think you would have a lot of fun with when writing Diana and Arthur together.

One of the reasons I had chose to comment on this piece, out of the 27 (!?!) I had to choose from, was simply because of how striking this redesign is. I saw it and was instantly drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It's similar to his other looks, but yet it's also something new and refreshing. I like the idea of him not having real orange fish scales on his costume, but rather it being a design lain onto the wetsuit. Not only would that look better suit a television show costume, but it's also something that I could picture him sporting in the actual comics. You are always able to do that flawlessly, take a design of an established character and tweak it just enough to wear it's something new, wonderful and something that they NEED to be wearing in the comics. If you didn't want to be a writer/producer then I'd say you'd have a career in the fashion industry designing clothing. Lol. I'm always so in love with the designs you are able to come up with, as well as being completely jealous of the raw talent that you have. You automatically know who this character is and that's something that's very important when doing a costume for a superhero. You also didn't need to have him be shirtless, or have any silly trinkets or baubles. His gauntlets are slick and sexy and add to the overall look. I actually really love that you went with water shoes instead of regular boots. The custom water shoes really add something to this costume and makes it exciting. This is definitely not the same old Aquaman redesign. I'm really loving that trident too. It ties in wonderfully with his look and it looks completely badass too, which is what you were going for. Lol. I like the belt and how you broke up the long expanse of fabric with the touches on the knees.

Overall this is just a very solid redesign. I applaud you for coming up with it and for executing it brilliantly in this piece. It's a shame it didn't get more attention and that the comments on it were lackluster. I thank you for doing such a wonderful piece and I gladly add it to my favorites alongside your other wonderful pieces.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the lack lustre response in general contributed towards my Wonder Woman series but I think in general I just needed a break from it. It's hard to keep up a series when it's as large as ones like the Wonder Woman one. Obviously, my X-Men one I've taken breaks in but have eventually come close to finishing. It's all really just a matter of time.

In terms of what Aquaman and Wonder Woman's relationship would look like, it would definitely be reciprocal. There are a lot of great places to go with them as a couple and I think that they'd have a hard time trying to have a go at it because of their different views. Would they really be able to get together and maintain a relationship? I don't think so. I think Diana tends to be a very big picture kind of person while Arthur is more focused on the smaller things (i.e. the sea). That would put a wrench in their interactions.

I'm still very much happy with Arthur's costume that I came up with since I feel it works for him especially when put in the context of a live-action show. I'm glad you like the design as well. Obviously I toyed with the idea of having him be shirtless but ultimately I'm glad I settled on this wetsuit look.
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