Is Aqualad going to be introduced to the DC Movie Universe? DC fans are buzzing with speculation that it’s happening after an Aqualad Emoji started appearing on social media in the last day or so. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman movie sequel – Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom – is currently in production, and the theory is that DC and Warner Bros. released this Aqualad Emoji in order to establish the character’s presence before his big debut in Aquaman 2 next year. Aqualad’s star has risen pretty high in the last few decades, and it seems like he’s long overdue for the big screen.
Check out what DC fans are saying about the possibility of Aqualad in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom:
#Aqualad emoji has been activated ?
Are we getting Aqualad in Aquaman 2 ?
— DC World Telugu (@DCWorldTelugu) October 8, 2021
The question “Who Is Aqualad?” actually has something of a complicated answer. There have multiple versions of the character in different formats that have each become popular. Aquaman 2 has some critical choices to make…
#Aqualad has a emoji which is the same as #Aquaman 2 emoji. Could this mean that he is in Aquaman 2 ?!?! Fingers crossed for Jackson Hyde. If he is in it then his origin has to be changed if you know. ? pic.twitter.com/0wZxQOxxnx
— Kevin Yu ? (@KevinYu1218) October 8, 2021
The modern Aqualad is Jackson Hyde, aka Kaldur’ahm. He’s gained mainstream fame thanks to DC Animated series Young Justice, his openly LGBTQ+ status, and has being upgraded to the title of Aquaman in the comics. Giving Jackson Hyde a movie adaptation seems a logical next step – and a smart one for the Aquaman movie franchise. Kaldur is both the son of Black Manta and connected to Mera, making him a perfect fit for the film series’ Shakespearean family drama.
— Francine ?️? Read The Flash (@franciscoaallen) October 8, 2021
The original Aqualad who debuted in 1960s DC Comics was “Garth.” Aquaman‘s original plucky sidekick later evolved in the hero Tempest, developing mystical abilities suited for his Atlantean world. While Jackson has the advantage of recent popularity, die-hard DC fans may be hoping Aquaman 2 honors the character’s history in proper order…
— Angel Beast??? (@Reggieasylum69P) October 8, 2021
The Young Justice story arc that saw (Spoilers) Jackson’s Aqualad go undercover as Black Manta’s (his father) protege was too good not to use in a live-action movie.
— jayannd’r ? (@KORYSCHANEL) October 8, 2021
— (INSERT BLACK CHARACTER) Deserves Better (@GL2814_3) October 8, 2021
No offense to Garth, but the momentum is clearly with Kaldur / Jackson right now.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be in theaters on December 16, 2022.