Say hello to the new Aquaman. With Young Justice: Outsiders weeks away from premiering, the third season of Young Justice show will have some big changes.
Specifically, Kaldur’ahm, the Young Justice leader formerly known as Aqualad, will take on the superhero mantle that once belonged to Arthur Curry to become Aquaman.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series producer Greg Weisman explained that the choice was obvious. The first season of the show established that Aquaman had too much on his plate as a superhero in the Justice League and as the King of Atlantis. Kaldur was always going to take over as Aquaman to give Arthur Curry more time to rule.
"After everything that’s happened in season one and season two," Weisman said, "and the leadership qualities that Kaldur has shown, Orin looks at Kaldur and says, ‘You’re ready.’ It’s a pretty momentous year for him.”
While he eventually found his way into the DC Universe, this Aqualad was created specifically for Young Justice. Kaldur was one of the founding members of the team that first found Superboy.
Five years after the events of Young Justice's season one, he seemingly defected to join his father Black Manta, who was simply operating as Manta, but was later revealed to be a double agent. After defeating his father and helping to stop the Reach invasion, Kaldur resumed his duties as team leader while Nightwing took a leave of absence from the team.
Young Justice: Outsiders arrives on DC Universe on Jan. 4.