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Zack Snyder sort of intervened in a radio show stating the following:

[...] The cool thing is, with Aquaman his trident (people don't realize this) that could cut the flesh of Superman, if they come in contact. That's a thing that's in the canon. He's super strong. [...]

Is this true? And if so, how come?

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It's a magical weapon. Superman has no defence against magic.


Here he gets cut by magic teeth!

Superman Poor Defence Against Magic 1 Superman Poor Defence Against Magic 2 Superman Poor Defence Against Magic 3 Superman Poor Defence Against Magic 4

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You may wish to edit this down to just the important panels. –  Richard Aug 9 at 14:57
Or even elaborate a little bit more. –  Thecafremo Aug 9 at 15:46
In the first panel note what Cyborg says to Superman : "I'm anxious. Always am around magic. If you're not you should be" and that's in reference to his vulnerability to magic. –  Nullbreaker Aug 9 at 22:48

The closest Aquaman seems to have gotten to stabbing someone with Superman-like abilities is in Justice League #6 where he uses his adamantium trident (the Trident of Neptune) to poke Darkseid in the eye and chest.

Darkseid is regularly shown to have a similar level of durability to Superman so he's a pretty reasonable analogue in terms of sheer physical resistance.

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Superman is known to be especially vulnerable to magic weapons, especially when that magic relates to the "essence" of one of the Gods:

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