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Warning: mild Justice League spoilers ahead!
With the release of Justice League this weekend, DC fans have officially been treated to the first-ever silver screen Aquaman in the form of Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry. The character has a long history of adventures in the comics, and some genuinely outlandish abilities. However, Justice League takes careful aim at some of the long running Aquaman cliches by joking that he can "talk to fish." However, is that something he's actually capable of? Momoa recently addressed this, and explained that he could understand them, but he's not quite strong enough to talk to them yet. Momoa explained:
I think he can hear them and they can hear him. On a larger level, when he was a kid, he knew he had something special, because he could hear them, and they could hear him.
Jason Momoa's comments to Gamespot tie into a remark made by Arthur Curry during an exchange with Bruce Wayne towards Justice League's third act. When asked (by an earnestly befuddled Batman) if he indeed can talk to fish, Aquaman retorts merely that "the water does the talking." Viewed through this lens, it feels less like he is having a conversation with the aquatic creatures, and more like an instinctual understanding that allows him to work with them in a symbiotic fashion. Much of Aquaman's backstory was cut from the theatrical release of Justice League, but the original intention was to possibly lay the groundwork for him to develop this ability as he progresses as a hero.
We don't know what this fully-formed ability will look like in the Aquaman solo movie, but something tells us that it won't resemble this classic cutaway joke from Family Guy.
We don't get to see much of Aquaman's fish communication during the events of Justice League (likely because much of it actually takes place on land), but it sounds like that's going to change in a major way when his solo movie debuts. Early reports related to the film have even suggested that we will see human characters riding sharks (in what can only be described as the most badass sequence imaginable), which means the Atlanteans will put that power on full display.
For now, DC fans can enjoy some more land-locked adventures with Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is currently in theaters. Make sure to check out CinemaBlend's comprehensive review of the latest DC film, and check out our handy To 3D guide to make sure that you buy the right Justice League ticket. Jason Momoa will return to the role of Arthur Curry next year when Aquaman premieres in theaters on December 21, 2018. Here's everything that we currently know about the upcoming DC solo film!