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The Less-Famous Heroes in the Justice League Trailer

Sure, everybody knows Batman and Wonder Woman. And the Flash’s show has been lighting up TV. However, for a lot of people, Aquaman is just a joke from Entourage. And unless they’ve been cartoons lately, they most likely have no idea who Cyborg is. Names like “Mera” and “Parademon” carry even less recognition. So, if you were wowed by the latest Justice League movie trailer, but maybe not so familiar with every larger-than-life characters coming together, you might find this quick Who’s Who helpful.

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The newest Leaguer in this lot, Vic “Cyborg” Stone was originally a member of the Teen Titans–and he’s been a fixture of every animated series starring the team. His bio-mechanical nature is the result of experiments conducted by his father, Silas Stone (who briefly appears in this trailer, with a Parademon creeping up behind him). As Cyborg’s cameo in Batman vs. Superman revealed, his origin has been tweaked, and his robo-implants are now partly a product of a Motherbox from the alien planet, Apokolips.

A few shots show Vic in the middle of some scholastic games, too. These peaks actually address an interesting wrinkle of the hero’s personality. Since Silas is an overbearing father, priding scientific knowledge over athletic process, Vic’s form of youthful rebellion against him is actually to take up football.

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Aquaman has been an iconic part of the Justice League in the comics since the team’s first appearance. He wasn’t a principle member in the last animated show, and it’s been a real long time since Super Friends. Viewers today may know him more from that Entourage season where James Cameron directed a (fictitious) Aquaman movie.

Similar in some respects to Clark “Kal-El” Kent, the undersea hero has two names to reflect his dual heritage. Born to Atlantean royalty as “Orin,” he was abandoned in the oceanic wilderness and subsequently found by a human lighthouse keeper, Arthur Curry. We see a bit of his double-life here. “Arthur Jr.” protects the people of his adopted father’s seaside community in fisherman garb, at times, while donning the royal armor of his underwater kingdom at others.

Obviously, Aquaman is amphibious, and he can swim at startling speeds. His most notable super power, though, is a unique telepathy which lets him communicate with, and control, oceanic creatures. Or as Batman put it in a past trailer, he “can talk to fish.”

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Aquaman’s consort, Mera, pops up very briefly in this trailer. The specifics of her origins have changed with each universe-wide reboot at DC Comics, but she almost always comes from some different, undersea realm before entering Arthur’s life. Their romance is at turns loving and antagonistic, but their inevitable matrimony always leaves her crowned Queen of Atlantis. Mera has all the same amphibious abilities as Aquaman, along with an ability similar to Green Lantern. She can create “hard water” constructs with her mind.

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We already know that Steppenwolf–the uncle of that grey eminence Darkseid–will be the big bad of this origin story for the League. Accordingly, it looks like he’ll be served by a legion of Parademons from the planet Apokolips who’ve come to Earth via the same Mother Boxes that transform Cyborg. These insectile shock troopers were, of course, glimpsed throughout the ominous visions of the future in Batman vs. Superman. In their latest incarnation in the comics, it was revealed that the Parademons are actually reanimated corpses put through a factory-like process on Apokolips.

Which Leaguer were you most excited to see “coming together” in this trailer? Share your feelings in the talkback.

Image Credits: DC Comics

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