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Aquaman is a superhero character from DC Comics known for his underwater abilities, command over sea life, and being the king of the mythical city of Atlantis. His character, initially introduced in 1941, has evolved over the decades from a secondary character into a central figure in the DC universe, recently gaining a significant surge in popularity through his portrayal by Jason Momoa in the DC Extended Universe films.

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"Aquaman" is a fictional superhero character who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the character first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941. Known as Arthur Curry in his civilian life and as the king of the underwater city of Atlantis, Aquaman is one of DC's most enduring characters. He has the ability to breathe underwater, possesses superhuman strength, and has the power to command marine life. His unique traits and abilities make him a vital member of the Justice League, DC's premier superhero team.

Aquaman's story has evolved significantly over the years. He was initially depicted as a supporting character with his own feature in DC's anthology titles, but he later grew in popularity and received his own standalone comic series. Over time, he became more complex as a character. In some iterations of his story, Arthur Curry is the son of a lighthouse keeper and an Atlantean queen, which makes him a bridge between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds. As a hybrid of human and Atlantean, Aquaman often finds himself torn between his responsibilities towards his kingdom and his duties as a superhero on land.

In recent years, Aquaman has gained prominence beyond the comic book realm. Jason Momoa portrayed the character in the DC Extended Universe films, starting with a cameo in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016), followed by a more substantial role in "Justice League" (2017), and then starring in the titular "Aquaman" (2018). The film version of Aquaman has been praised for its epic storytelling, special effects, and Momoa's charismatic performance, and it has helped to elevate the character's status as a key figure within the superhero genre.