Fabien Cousteau vs. Aquaman: Who's the True King of the Sea?

August 30, 2012

On the latest edition of All Access Weekly, our host Katie Linendoll will be joined by Fabien Cousteau. Cousteau is a famed filmmaker, explorer, and grandson of the legendary Jacques Cousteau.

He'll be on the show to discuss his life as an explorer, deep sea tech, and the latest advances in underwater exploration. Through his work and advocacy, Cousteau has continued the quest of his father and grandfather to raise awareness of oceanic life and the plight of conservation.

Given his work and pedigree, one could make the assertion that Cousteau is the King of the Seas. Yet there another who also lays claim to that title: DC Comics' Aquaman, known as The Dweller in the Depths, the Aquatic Ace, and derisively as "the guy who talks to fish."

But despite the numerous claims, there is only one crown. Let's make a comparison and see who measures up.


Fabien Cousteau: The Cousteaus, a famous family of scientists, explorers, and advocates that have raised awareness about aquatic environments and conservation for three generations.

Aquaman: The Justice League.

ADVANTAGE: AQUAMAN, but only because Batman is not a Cousteau. Or is he?


Fabien Cousteau: Corporations that put profits over environmental and health concerns, ignorance, apathy, and the conundrum of balancing social and technological advancement with environmental conservation.

Aquaman: The Fisherman, literally a guy in a mask with a fishing pole, and Black Manta.

ADVANTAGE: FABIEN COUSTEAU, whose rogues prove far more daunting.


Fabien Cousteau: Uses the latest in deep sea tech, much of which you'll learn about this week on All Access Weekly, to explore and educate. In 2003 he spent over 100 hours in "Troy," a $100,000 custom submarine constructed to give the appearance of a great white shark. It was so effective in fooling the sharks that he was able to get footage of behaviors never before captured on film.

Aquaman: Has an octopus friend named Topo and rides a seahorse.

ADVANTAGE: FABIEN COUSTEAU by a landslide, because a seahorse? Aquaman's supposed to lord it over all the creatures of the sea. Why not ride a shark? That'd be MUCH cooler.


Fabien Cousteau: Helps to train and educate children about aquatic wildlife and gives them an active role in conserving and protecting the environment. His work as an educator through programs, documentaries, and advocacy is immeasurable.

Aquaman: Has a sidekick named Aqualad whose superpower, as far as I can tell, is the ability to get trapped in a cage by pirates.

ADVANTAGE: FABIEN COUSTEAU. Your children are much safer with him.


Fabien Cousteau:
Fabien has served as a co-host for PBS's "Ocean Adventures Series" and filmed various National Geographic Specials, including "Sharks: The Troy Project," where (and I cannot emphasize this enough) HE RODE AROUND IN A ROBOT SHARK.

Aquaman: Had a subplot in a season of "Entourage" where his film was being pitched as a vehicle for Vincent Chase.

ADVANTAGE: FABIEN COUSTEAU. He's been far more successful in his live-action ventures. Oh, and did I mention the ROBOT SHARK?


Fabien Cousteau:
Has worked with various organizations and along with his father and sister launched "Plant a Fish," a non-profit that helps mobilize local communities and especially children to maintain and protect aquatic environments by repatriating and replenishing native aquatic wildlife.

Aquaman: Made his sea friends perform a circus to raise money for fishermen and their families (World's Finest Comics #126, June 1962).ADVANTAGE: FABIEN COUSTEAU. Circuses are cruel and exploitive, Aquaman. For shame!


Fabien Cousteau is way cooler than Aquaman. Despite efforts by many throughout the years to revamp and rejuvenate Aquaman, Cousteau has done more work and has garnered more respect than DC Comics' resident sea-faring adventurer. His tireless passion for his work is a true testament to his character and a proud mark on the legendary Cousteau name.

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Source: FabienCousteau.org