Look, all of you nerds have made Aquaman jokes in the past. We've all laughed at the Robot Chicken skits about Aquaman. Hell, there's even a Ranker list of Aquaman jokes. Aquaman, AKA Arthur Curry, is one of the most ridiculed superheroes of all time. Yet, the critics are wrong.
Aquaman is great. More to the point, he's one of the most badass heroes in all of DC Comics. If all you heard about Aquaman are fish jokes and the Aquaman movie coming out, then you don't know Arthur Curry. Here's why Aquaman deserves more respect and is one of the best heroes out there today.
Stop saying Aquaman "talks to fish." He doesn't. He telepathically makes fish to do his will. Aquaman can make octopi grab things, swordfish charge at enemies, or make a fleet of Great White sharks turn foes into chum. He can even control the primitive minds of plankton and other microscopic organisms from the sea and make them infiltrate the bodies of his opposition. If you're on his bad side, you can never safely set foot in an ocean, lake, pond, or puddle ever again.
Aquaman is the ruler of the legendary Atlantis and all bodies of water on Earth. It takes a strong leader to not only rule a kingdom of water-breathing people, but to hold dominion over the 71% of Earth's surface that is covered in water. Rest assured, the only reason you can go on a fishing trip or water-skiing is because he allows it.
Aquaman's body is durable enough to stay strong and fit over six miles deep underwater, according to DC's Wiki. With a body that tough, it's no surprise bullets bounce off the guy. While he's not all-powerful, Aquaman frequently takes hits from god-like beings that would otherwise pulverize a regular human into clam chowder.
Aquaman isn't just a rugged powerhouse. He has the ability to produce some Gandalf-level sorcery. Either through his Trident of Neptune or his blessings from the Lady of the Lake, Arthur can conjure up a number of different magic spells which include summoning lightning, opening portals, and even raising people from the dead. In short, Aquaman is both a physical and magical threat to anyone who stands in his way.