Aquaman gives us the first look of the villainous Black Manta
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays the role of Black Manta aka David Kane, alongside Jason Momoa in the titular role, Amber Heard as Princess Mera and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.
Aquaman’s nemesis Black Manta has a face and he seems to have made quite the appearance for fans and followers hooked on to digging out facts about the upcoming movie.
First shared by Entertainment Weekly, the photo offers the first look at the much awaited sneak peak of the pirate of the high seas, David Kane, who also plays the role of a mercenary. The character will be played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and fans will finally meet the cunning pirate in DC's upcoming stand-alone movie on Aquaman, where Jason Momoa is playing the titular role.
The photo shared exclusively by the outlet shows Abdul-Mateen's Kane - whose name has been changed from the original comics' David Hyde - working on a prototype of his super-suit; its special powers being the blasts of red plasma that it shoots from the eyes.
Black Manta in #aquaman: “Part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space,” director James Wan teases https://t.co/qI870BenKC pic.twitter.com/b8Wv7qpcrU— James Hibberd (@JamesHibberd) June 14, 2018
While fans don't know much about the character or his role with regards to the film - as per director James Wan's wishes - but from what he had teased fans about it, “He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space,” Wan teases in his interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Despite all his seemingly sinister prospects, Manta is still not the prime antagonist of the film. The title of that goes to King Orm, played by Patrick Wilson. Wan Orm happens to be Aquaman's half-brother and the ambitious governor of Atlantis. “Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about Jason and Patrick,” Wan added.
Co-starring with Momoa will be Amber Heard as Princess Mera, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, and Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus. But for fans eagerly waiting for even the slightest bit of hint dropped about the movie, executive producer Peter Safran sure has some details.
“Rarely has a superhero character been married to the real-life actor as much as Aquaman and Jason Momoa," Safran told Entertainment Weekly. "He’s authentically from two worlds, he’s this real physical specimen, he’s got this humor which he’s never been allowed to play before — in every regard he is Aquaman."
But the ample amounts of humour isn't the only thing that's going to set the Aquaman movie apart from the regular DCEU movies. “The water world my movie takes place in is so separate and so far apart from previous DC movies it’s like I’m making my own sci-fi fantasy film," Wan spilled in the same interview. "This is a whole new underwater world nobody has seen before in live action."