全球外汇比赛Jason Momoas Aquaman is the superhero the world needs right nowJason Momoas Aquaman is the superhero the world needs right now Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Panther. This has been my crew, my squad, my ultimate hero lineup for years. Whenever asked to choose Marvel or DC Comics, I proudly yelled Marvel. No contest. The Avengers, Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been the superheroes I needed -- complex, gritty and troubled, without a hint of comic book camp. But lately, I need a fan support group just to get through all the death and destruction facing the Avengers. As the real world feels darker and more dangerous with bomb threats, mass shootings, out-of-control wildfires and turbulent politics, I need a superhero who gives me hope and reminds me to not take everything so damn seriously. Enter Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, in the new film playing worldwide and making a splash at the box office.He saves submarines from being hijacked and is always up for adventure. Hes like an underwater Thor, complete with annoying power-hungry half-brother. But Aquaman also wants to be left alone. Hes not really into politics and superhero fame. Hes an antihero who drinks like a fish and would rather buy you a beer than try to save the world. But what made me really appreciate DC Comics Aquaman? Unlike Marvel superheroes who always seem to struggle with internal demons and tragic backstories, Aquaman is well-adjusted and jovial. Granted, since the gritty film reboots of the Batman and Superman franchises, DC Comics have their own versions of damaged and depressing superheroes. But since 2020s Wonder Woman film, DC movies now seem more cheerful and escapist. Warning: Minor movie spoilers ahead.Aquamans mother, Queen Atlanna, played by Nicole Kidman, is ripped away from him and his human father, Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison), when Aquamans young, but he doesnt dive into the ocean seeking revenge against the Atlantean royal family. He doesnt go on a bad-guy-killing spree. He smiles, jokes and shares pints with his dad at the local pub. Granted, much of Aquamans charm is due to Momoas built-in swagger. This isnt the uptight, blond-boy comic-book version of Aquaman. This is a superhero wed want to go drinking or surfing with. Hes approachable without having a Tony Stark ego. Momoa steals most of the Aquaman movie with his relaxed hang 10 surfer approach to dealing with both his insulting half-brother, Atlantean King Orm (Patrick Wilson), and new vengeance-driven villain Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). But its also how Aquaman treats the women in the movie that won me over. Mera (Amber Heard) might look like shes cosplaying a sexy Ariel the Little Mermaid with a tight green costume and red wig even RuPaul would scoff at, but shes not in the film as a love interest. She fights her own battles. Mera isnt about to be a pawn in yet another royal arranged marriage. And shes definitely not there to flutter her eyelashes at Aquaman. Most of the time, shes putting Aquaman in his place and teaching him about the underwater world she calls home. Queen Atlanna is also a warrior. When we see her at the beginning of the film, shes injured and vulnerable, but eventually trusts and falls in love with the lighthouse keeper Tom who nurses her back to health. Its clear the movies real love story isnt between Aquaman and Mera, but between his parents. Although Queen Atlanna is banished by her royal family, she fights for her survival. Shes a deep-sea Furiosa. What also makes director James Wans Aquaman great is its sense of wonderment about the underwater world of Atlantis. Ill never look at an octopus the same way again. Sure there are plenty of exciting battles where Aquaman shows off his power to command all sea creatures with his mighty trident in hand, but we also get to see the everyday Atlantis where whales and giant turtles are part of the underwater kingdoms public transportation system. We see a lot of world building that makes me long to reinvest in sea monkeys. The movie ignited my imagination more than the latest roster of Marvel movies. And even though it glosses over the problem of humans polluting the oceans with our never-ending supply of trash, there isnt a preachy moment. There isnt a depressing sequence where Aquaman gives up on himself or humanity. I didnt feel one second of pending doom and gloom in the two-and-a-half-hour movie. Aquamans a guy you can trust with the world, both land and sea. Hes optimistic, empathetic and ready to help with a huge smile on his face. Wans Aquaman movie has a sense of humor about itself that makes this the kind of superhero the world needs and deserves right now. So Im a DC Comics fangirl now... or at least until MarvelsCaptain Marveland DCsShazamcreate a new tug-of-war in 2019.First published Dec. 22, 5 a.m. PT.Correction, 10:20 a.m. PT: This post initially misstated the franchise that created Shazam. Shazam is a DC character.CNETs Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season. Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.