Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has provided some insight on Black Manta's role in the upcoming DCEU film and how he will continue to haunt the undersea superhero.
With at least two villains confronting Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry in the film, there was concern whether the iconic Aquaman villain Black Manta (Abdul-Mateen II) would potentially get killed off in favor of a larger focus on Patrick Wilson's Orm. According to the actor, the villain not only survives but has his appearance serve as an introduction for a much more prominent role in the DCEU.
" I think my involvement in this film will definitely be one where we get an introduction to him, and it's not an extremely heavy dose, but it is one that's going to crack the door open and say, 'Oh, well there's a lot of different ways, a lot of different areas for him to go.'" explained Abdul-Mateen II in an interview with JoBlo. "He's definitely not a guy who's just here for a short time, and just going to disappear. I think we try to talk about him as a guy who has the potential to be a pretty big force within the world."
First created by writer Bob Haney and artist Nick Cardy in the pages of 1967's Aquaman #35, Black Manta has gone on to become one of the DC hero's most enduring and personal villains.
With the first trailer for the film expected to premiere this Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, hopefully the first look will offer a glimpse of the DC supervillain's live-action debut.
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. It is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 21.