Yesterday, TheWrap broke the news that Aquaman's first movie would have him facing off against none other than Black Manta. The scoop, at this point, remains unconfirmed (WB had declined to comment to the outlet), but given Aquaman's history with the villain, he would be a good pick for this inaugural standalone film for the King of Atlantis. Given that Black Manta is the man responsible for killing Aquaman's son, it would be a great way to give Aquaman a strong arc right up front (not unlike the arc Black Panther had in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR against Baron Zemo).
So how true is this rumor? As mentioned above, Warner Bros. has yet to comment, and in a recent interview with Slash Film, AQUAMAN director James Wan wasn't so helpful in the matter.
“I want to know where Wrap got that piece of news from [laughs]. Come on, I can’t talk about this.
"I’m not saying anything. No comment is my comment.”
This hasn't stopped the speculation from getting underway from fans. One in particular tweeted that actor Michael K. Williams (THE WIRE, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, ASSASSIN'S CREED) would be a solid choice for the role, and the actor went so far as to retweet that post, along with the response, "Let's go!!"
Take a look at the tweet below:
What do you make of all this? Is Black Manta really the best way to go, and if so, is Williams the man to bring that character to life? Let us know in the comments down below!
AQUAMAN hits theaters on July 27, 2018.