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?


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


Here he expresses caution of magic, and then gets cut by magic teeth!

superman admits magic makes him anxious superman cut  by teeth? not just any teeth, witch teeth!

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    You may wish to edit this down to just the important panels. – Valorum Aug 9 '14 at 14:57
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    Or even elaborate a little bit more. – Thecafremo Aug 9 '14 at 15:46
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    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 '14 at 22:48
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    i cut down the pages to just the relevant panels, i don't think this alters the content of this answer. – bharal Feb 21 '15 at 13:36

The closest Aquaman seems to have gotten to stabbing someone with Superman-like abilities is in Justice League #6 where he uses his adamantine 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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  • Adamantine not adamantium. Adamantine is not an element, it's a term used to describe a hard substance. Adamantium on the other hand does not exist in the DC universe, it's a metal alloy made of steel and the fictional metal vibranium. – Nullbreaker Oct 16 '14 at 22:30
  • @Nullbreaker - I've updated it, but don't forget that you can make edits to another user's posts if you see an inaccuracy. – Valorum Oct 17 '14 at 11:14
  • I didn't know! Noted. – Nullbreaker Oct 18 '14 at 12:07
  • Actually it's formed from Iron and vibranium not steel and vibranium. marvel.wikia.com/Adamantium – Nullbreaker Oct 20 '14 at 16:17
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    Superman is not "especially" vulnerable to magic. Magic just effects him as it would a normal person. ie. A magic sword doesn't cut Superman worse than a normal sword against a normal person... It cuts him as bad as a normal sword would a normal person. – Durakken Oct 22 '16 at 17:29

In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Ocean Master is able to hurt Superman with the Trident.

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I'm not sure if this would actually happen, considering the fact that the only thing that can hurt superman physically is a kryptonite spear. Basically saying, if the trident came in contact with his skin, it would have the same affect as any other metal.

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    Except that the trident isn't any metal thingy... – Jenayah Jan 26 '19 at 7:34

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