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Whenever we discover that a certain comic book film is said to have a certain comic book villain in the film, it’s usually only a matter of seconds before the rumor mill begins churning. Such is the case with Aquaman, one of the several upcoming films in the DC Extended Universe.

The character in question this time around is the big bad Black Manta. Ever since the character was first rumored to be taking on the King of Atlantis in the film, actor Michael Kenneth Williams has been one of the top contenders to supposedly be in the running. That position as a top contender seemed to be solidified when the Daily Telegraph reported that he was cast in the role.

When asked by a fan if he could confirm or deny the rumors, director of the flick, James Wan, flat-out denied them in a short sentence:

Wan didn’t elaborate on his position. He didn’t state if the role was cast at all at this point, so far all we know, the role could be up for grabs. but Wan did go on to agree that Williams was a good actor.

Can one make this out to be a hint that Wiliams could be cast eventually? Probably not. I’d say for the time being, we should let the rumor mill shut down on this one. The film supposedly doesn’t start pre-production until Christmas, and we don’t even know when actual production begins, so it’s not as though they’re up against the wall in terms of a deadline.

We’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.

Aquaman hits theaters on July 27, 2018.

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SOURCE: James Wan, Daily Telegraph (via Cosmic Book News)