Aquaman's days as the garishly clad laughingstock of DC are over, ushered out by several disturbing stories likely to disappear from DC's Aquaman film. It's not because they aren't exceptional - they're too brutal for PG-13 entertainment. The most notorious foes of this superhero committed horrendous atrocities against the King of Atlantis, but even Aquaman himself is guilty of extreme violence.
The dark Aquaman comics of the modern age assisted in making the King of Atlantis genuinely great - intriguing material is abundant. However, Director James Wan and his crew will inevitably omit the most barbaric scenes. Based on the level of gruesomeness, it's pretty easy to guess which stories from the Aquaman comics won't appear in the film (plus, the Justice League Easter eggs gave us a few solid clues).
Aquaman Lances Darkseid's Face With His Trident
If the DC Extended Universe survives long enough, we'll definitely see a showdown with the Justice League and Darkseid, but we won't see this in the Aquaman film. Even if Darkseid somehow showed up in the movie, though, there's no way they would recreate the first time Aquaman squares up against Darkseid in The New 52. In this particular fight, Aquaman stabs Darkseid through the eyes with his trident, an insanely violent attack within the King of Atlantis's norm.
He Feeds An Enemy To The Same Piranhas That Chewed Off His Hand
During a fight, Charybdis subdues Aquaman long enough to shove his hand into a river full of piranhas. The vicious creatures eat the flesh off Aquaman's hand. Later in the fight, however, Aquaman gets immediate and brutal retribution.
The showdown ends as Aquaman trips Charybdis into the river, morbidly telling the "little monsters" to feast. The water blooms with blood, which quickly begins to dissipate as it flows downstream. To really sell the grisly nature of the issue, Aquaman then reveals his piranha-eaten hand to Dolphin.
Piranhas Chew His Hand Off
In the mid-'90s, Aquaman got a harpoon for a hand. One of Aquaman's foes, Charybdis, strips him of his ability to speak to marine life. The villain forces Aquaman's hand into a river full of piranhas, which completely eat off the flesh. Aquaman actually loses his hand in numerous stories, but this is arguably the most gruesome.
Aquababy's Death Drives Mera Insane
Mera becomes insane due to the loss of her son. After Black Manta kills Aquababy, Mera blames Aquaman and frequently tells him so. Eventually, Aquaman leaves her, and Mera enters a psychiatric hospital. However, she escapes to hunt down Aquaman, attacking him while he engages in battle with a giant jellyfish. Aquaman fights off Mera, but accidentally impales her on a jagged piece of metal.
Believing she's dead, a devastated Aquaman prepares a funeral for her. However, thanks to her Xebelian physiology, Mera survives. Awakened in a rage, Mera is furious about her husband deeming her dead, and leaves him.