'Batman v Superman' Art Reveals Aquaman's High Tech Trident

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in DC's Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

Thanks to artist Rob McKinnon, fans can now see some of the original concept artwork from Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, including alternate versions of the League’s weapons.

We reached out to McKinnon, who is, of course, bound by some strict Non-Disclosure Agreements. However, he was able to tell us he collaborated with Batman v Superman Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulos on the designs, while Snyder had the final say in the matters.

McKinnon, who also worked on films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, put up his BvS concept work on his personal website recently. Aquaman’s trident in particular went through an interesting series of prototypes, and many of those have a decidedly futuristic look.

Compare those to the various sword concepts for Wonder Woman, which by contrast look more aged and battle-worn. Snyder apparently wanted to also include a Greek inscription which translates a quote from Joseph Campbell’s Goddess: Mystery of the Feminine Divine:

“Life is kill all the time and so the goddess kills herself in the sacrifice of her own animal.”

Designs for Aquaman's trident from Batman v Superman
Aquaman Trident Designs

McKinnon and the design team needed to create cinematic weapons that felt new and never-before-seen while keeping true to the source material. McKinnon said he was able to bring in a little bit of his experience working on 300: Rise of an Empire for Wonder Woman’s Greek- and Spartan-inspired designs.

Designs for Wonder Woman's Sword in Batman v Superman
Wonder Woman Sword Designs

Wonder Woman’s antique weapon is a reference to her long life and ancient civilization, so it’s interesting to see Aquaman’s weapons favor a more technological look. Perhaps Aquaman is more interested in keeping up with the latest, futurist design trends from the surface world, while Wonder Woman prefers a more rustic aesthetic?

Designs for Wonder Woman's Sword from Batman v Superman
Wonder Woman Sword Designs

Though we don’t know much about Snyder’s Aquaman yet, the Comic-Con footage released this summer suggests he’s super into liquor and supporting the inhabitants of a rural fishing town. That characterization doesn’t necessarily suggest he’d own a tech-heavy trident, so maybe Bruce Wayne made these for him?

All will be confirmed on November 17, 2017 when Justice League premieres.