Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's Black Manta won't be the primary antagonist in Warner Bros.' upcoming underwater superhero blockbuster Aquaman -- that distinction goes to Patrick Wilson's Orm, aka Ocean Master. Nevertheless, Abdul-Mateen II has been up to no good on social media in the lead-up to the film by trolling eager fans hoping to get a taste of what Black Manta's voice will sound like when he's decked out in his quintessential oversized helmet.
"We haven't figured that out yet," Abdul-Mateen II told JoBlo.com when asked about the sound of his voice in the film. "I mean, I do some things with it, but we're still working out what that's going to be. Which is funny, because I posted something on my Twitter, I'm not sure if anyone's seen, but my Instagram and my Twitter, I kind of tease all the fans, and said that I was leaking the suit, well, yesterday. So, like, all the fans were, 'Oh, okay! He's going to do it, he's going to do it, he's going to do it!' and I just, I troll them so hard. I put up something else. I mean, check it out on my Instagram or my Twitter. But that's kind of going crazy right now. And one of the things I did was I made a video, and I put on, like, a modulator or something like that. So, a lot of people were saying, 'Oh! Black Manta actor releases the voice!' And I'm like, 'No, I just went and found it, and I pressed that one. And it's on 'Darth Vader' or something.' But yeah, we're still figuring that out."
While the video Abdul-Mateen II was referring to, which was originally posted in July 2017, appears to have been deleted, he also posted a photo that same month of a "costume reveal" consisting on himself sporting a trash can over his head.
BLACK MANTA REVEAL!!! Hahahahahahaha Rule number 1... Never trust the Good Guys!!! 😈 pic.twitter.com/sv92w9cr8c— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) July 25, 2017
Geoff Johns, who co-wrote Aquaman with director James Wan and screenwriter Will Beall, had Black Manta factor heavily into his comic book run during the New 52 with artist Ivan Reis. In fact, the duo’s New 52 run reportedly served as a strong inspiration for the DCEU film, both in terms of visual design and backstories behind the characters. Last month, fans were given their first glimpse of the antagonist revealing a helmet that was faithful to the source material.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry and Dolph Lundgren as Nereus. The film is scheduled to make a big splash in theaters December 21.