Justice League redesigns, part 4 of 12.
Having asked you all pick your favourite Justice League members from a selective list, Aquaman placed second last. Out of 90 votes, he only received three.
The illegitimate child of a fisherman and the Queen of Atlantis, Arthur Curry was spirited away from his home as a baby and given to his father in fear that the child would be assassinated for his impure blood. Arthur was raised in a Lighthouse and learned to love the sea, slowly honing his abilities as he grew older. He eventually learned of his true heritage and returned home to find it in the midst of a political upheaval. He was appointed as their ruler and soon after fell in love with the enigmatic Princess Mera of Xebel. Though he was dedicated to his post in Atlantis, Arthur felt the pull to return to land. After adopting the mantle of Aquaman and fighting villains as a hero on-land, Arthur and Mera were deposed for their apparent 'treachery.' Having to find a new purpose in life outside of being a hero, Arthur founded his own company utilizing Atlantean technology to better the environment. He's also become a founding member of the Justice League and is finding himself tempted by the presence of the beautiful Princess Diana, also known as Wonder Woman, with whom he shares the battlefield.
Aquaman is probably my favourite male member of the Justice League. He's a strong and aggressive man who wears his passion on his sleeve like Wonder Woman wears her heart on hers. He's incredibly transparent but he's also self-referential. He's aware of what others say but as he says in Aquaman v3 #9 "Oh, the fish man. Easy pickin's. The superhero fall guy. Well go on thinking that while I stack your bodies in a pile twenty leagues deep." In my opinion, he's the second most badass League member (with Wonder Woman obviously coming in first). He's a survivor who has been hunted and haunted his entire life but he fights back with tremendous tenacity. Of course, it helps that he has Mera to keep him on his toes. I don't think there's ever been a love interest quite as fierce as Mera in any comic book.
For his look, I pared it down. I did away with the orange scales but referenced it beneath one of his gauntlets. I gave him a more simplistic look but definitely wanted him to come across as a warrior so I gave him a gold spiked shoulder piece and golden gauntlets. The green pants were a must but I kept them muted so as not to have it look too cartoony. The choice to show his feet was moreso to try something different with my designs and it works since Arthur can stub his toe and cause more damage to whatever he's hit it on than to himself. More generally, I wanted him to look like a cross between a handsome prince and a biker. As such, he's got this slightly rugged vibe going on but at the same time is incredibly dashing. The piercings say he's not your average hero for sure. The trident and fishnet were chosen as 'weapons' for him. Obviously, the trident is more crooked and imperfect and this is meant to reference Arthur as someone torn between worlds. He's not the perfect ruler so that is reflected in his weapon. Oddly enough, his finished look kind of looks reminiscent of a Predator. If they can be badass in a fishnet top, so can Aquaman.
The other Leaguers can be found in my gallery.
**Please note - much of the character content here is altered from their biography in comic continuities and is intended to be my personal interpretation in a series independent from the comics**