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First Look: Black Manta’s Suit Revealed in Aquaman Photo

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The seas will be filled with war and Black Manta

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Sean Wall

Warner Bros. has begun marketing for the upcoming Aquaman and it was covered during an EW cover story featuring the film. A part of that cover story was the first look at Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the arch-nemesis of Aquaman, Black Manta. The villainous character is portrayed in a different light than the comic book origin story as he’s a high-seas pirate and mercenary named David Kane. We don’t get too much from director James Wan, but it’s enough to see what may be happening with Mateen’s Black Manta.

It seems that Wan is going after a little bit of the comic book’s accuracy in the design of the Black Manta helmet. Many have been highly anticipating the first trailer which could drop any day now and there’s a brand new photo of Black Manta. The photo does provide a great look at what James Wan wants to tell about Manta as well as the helmet.


First look at Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and the Black Manta helmet | Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly ; Credit: Warner Bros.

Though the photo does feature the villainous Black Manta, it doesn’t actually showcase how much of a villain he truly is. That’s because Black Manta isn’t the villain of this film as Wan is looking to tell a different story but plant seeds of how much Manta will play in a future movie against Aquaman.

He’s part mercenary but a full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space… Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about Jason and Patrick.

Of course, many know that Patrick Wilson was cast in the movie had an undisclosed role, but many did speculate that Wilson‘s character would be the villain and indeed that is true. Now we know that Patrick Wilson‘s character is Aquaman‘s half-brother, Prince Orm also known as Orm the Ocean Master.


From left to right: Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) & Orm Marius/Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson) | Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly ; Credit: Warner Bros.

The latest rollout of information regarding the Aquaman movie has been rolling out from the EW‘s exclusive report on Tuesday. During the exclusive, Warner Bros. and DC executives gave their thoughts on Aquaman after seeing some of the film’s finished footage.

Directed by James Wan with Will Beall penning the script based on the story from James Wan and Geoff Johns, Aquaman will star Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman with Ludi Lin, Randall Park, and Michael Beach.

Aquaman will be in theatres on December 21st, 2018

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