According to artist Brad Walker, the Aquaman Rebirth series very nearly drew inspiration from Jason Momoa’s interpretation of the character from Justice League.
When Walker helped to launch the current series alongside writer Dan Abnett, he created designs for Arthur Curry that combined the traditional color scheme of Aquaman with Momoa’s more warrior-like depictionThe proposed tribal tattoos and intricate battle armor resulted in a design that looks rather similar to the character’s look in the 1990s.
Don't think I ever posted these. Early round of #aquaman designs when we thought we would need to lean into the movie look. Ended up going more classic though, which I probably like better, anyway. pic.twitter.com/Rwv8DRIxDP
— Brad Brad Walker (@IAmBradWalker) November 8, 2017
While DC ultimately decided to go with a more traditional depiction of Aquaman, things took a turn following issue #25 of Aquaman. Cast out as King of Atlantis, Arthur now resembles Walker’s original designs more closely, though it’s currently artist Stjepan Šejić who is providing the series’ interior artwork.
Momoa’s Aquaman can be seen in Justice League, which hits theaters on Nov. 17 and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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