REPORT: "Aquaman" Movie's Villain Is Black Manta

Black Manta will reportedly be the villain in the upcoming "Aquaman" film. Often considered the ultimate villain, Black Manta has appeared in many animated DC Comics adaptations, though has yet to appear in live-action.

According to TheWrap, the classic Aquaman foe will be the main antagonist opposite Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry/Aquaman, who first made his debut in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Black Manta's casting has yet to be announced.

Warner Bros. declined comment when reached by CBR News.

Created for 1967's "Aquaman" #35 by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, Black Manta is famous for killing Arthur Curry Jr., Aquaman's son, in classic DC Comics continuity. In the New 52, it was established that Aquaman killed Manta's father when he was a boy. Manta was eventually imprisoned at Belle Reve Prison, and propositioned by Amanda Waller to join Task Force X, ultimately turning down the offer. Apart from enhanced strength, Manta traditionally doesn't have any superpowers.

Directed by James Wan ("The Conjuring"), and written by "Gangster Squad's" Will Beall, Wan and Geoff Johns, "Aquaman" hits theaters on July 27, 2018.

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