We’re on the heels of Suicide Squad’s amazing opening weekend and yet the DC Cinematic Universe isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The ensemble movies both Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad have been great. But we’re just as interested in the solo films, especially Aquaman. And we’ve got more Aquaman related news for you. We finally have confirmation about the movie’s villain.
Vengeance will be his
The Wrap has exclusively revealed that the villain Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry will be facing is Black Manta. However, Warner Brothers had not confirmed this speculation. Fans of the Aquaman comics will remember that Black Manta is one of Aquaman’s greatest foes. Black Manta first appeared back in 1967 during Aquaman #35, created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy. His origins have changed many times since his first appearance. In the latest description via DC Comics, the New 52, he’s on a quest for vengeance after Aquaman killed his father:
“Hired to bring back a sample of Arthur Curry’s blood, Black Manta encountered the young Aquaman and his father while the two were out at sea. In the ensuing struggle, Aquaman’s father suffered a heart attack that ultimately led to his death. Seeking revenge, Aquaman hunted down Black Manta—and accidentally killed his father in retaliation. Thus began a circle of vengeance that forever bonded hero and villain.
Fueled by hate and utilizing a powerful suit of armor that allows him to breathe underwater, survive the incredible pressures of the ocean depths and fire deadly energy blasts through his mask, Black Manta seeks to destroy Aquaman and everything he holds dear.” (x)
This will be the first time Black Manta appears in live action. The role has not been cast yet. Currently, we know that James Wan will direct with Will Beall writing the screenplay. Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Vulko hits theaters July 27th, 2018.
Who do you think should play Black Manta?