– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Hey, guess what? An Aquaman movie is coming out later this year, and we still know a surprisingly little amount of information regarding it. In fact, we’ve been so devoid of any real information, I completely forgot that Black Manta was in it. If you’re in the same boat, then that’s about to change!

EW has released a new photo, and in it, we get our first look at actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who will be playing David Kane, who takes on the name Black Manta. Kane himself is a sea pirate and mercenary who actually doesn’t have any powers, but utilizes his iconic suit to help compensate for that. I guess you can say he’s something of an Iron Man of DC villains.


“He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space,” director James Wan told the outlet. Interestingly enough, despite the fact that Black Manta is a huge villain in the Aquaman canon, he won’t be the head baddie this time around — he just kind of made his way into the story:

“Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about [Jason Momoa’s Aquaman] and [Patrick Wilson’s King Orm].”

What do you think of this peek at Black Manta? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.