Jim Lee Draws Aquaman Movie’s Black Manta

Black Manta in Aquaman

Co-Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics Jim Lee has released his own sketch of Aquaman villain Black Manta.

The sketch, which Lee posted to Twitter, shows Black Manta in black and white and is inspired by the character's appearance in James Wan's Aquaman film. In text accompanying the image, Lee wrote, "Down and dirty sketch of Black Manta from the #aquaman movie #twitch #dccomics #blackmanta."

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Lee is famous for his work on such comics as Batman: Hush, Uncanny X-Men and, of course, X-Men, in which he helped pioneer the look that many still imagine when thinking of the team. His style was later used for X-Men: The Animated Series, and several of the characters he helped co-create remain around to this day. Along with Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino and Rob Liefeld, Lee is one of the founders of Image Comics.

Aquaman has made over $1.098 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing DC superhero film ever. A lot of the film's box office success has been due to its stellar performance overseas, and the movie has been especially successful in China, where it has earned over $297 million. Director James Wan is currently in talks to helm the sequel.

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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.

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