One of the big breakout characters in the DCEU film Aquaman has been secondary antagonist David Kane, better known to comic book readers as longtime Aquaman nemesis Black Manta.
In a new interview, prolific comic book creator and Aquaman co-screenwriter Geoff Johns expressed interest in a spinoff film for the iconic DC villain and revealed that the character nearly was cut from the film to avoid distracting from the film's primary antagonist Orm.
"There was a moment when the script was really going and [director James Wan] texted me or emailed me, and said Black Manta’s story may be too big for this movie," explained Johns in an interview with GeeksOfColor.co. "I just went to his office and I said, ‘Black Manta has to be in the movie.’ He was like, ‘I know!!!’"
Black Manta had prominently appeared in both Johns' comic book series Brightest Day and his acclaimed Aquaman run with artist Ivan Reis. When suggested that there should be a spinoff film focused on the character, Johns heartily agreed.
"There should be a Black Manta movie," Johns admitted. "That’d be a cool movie."
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, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.