Like Rodney Dangerfield, Aquaman gets no respect. Oddly, his rotten reputation began in shows like Super Friends and the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. Both series were campy in the extreme and purposely misunderstood and simplifying the character and his powers. Indeed, we’ll probably never quite get over seeing him riding a pink seahorse.

In recent years, his exclusion from the Justice League animated series most likely confirmed to some that Aquaman was a zilch of a character, and his gritty reboot in the ’90s was as transparent in its desperation to prove something as it was tedious to read.

However, Aquaman’s reputation in the mainstream isn’t one ...

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