The King of Atlantis is going to have his hands full in his first solo DC Films movie. Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, will square off against his arch-nemesis Black Manta in the upcoming Warner Bros. tentpole, currently slated for a 2018 release.
Black Manta was created in the pages of DC Comics’ Aquaman in 1967. The character has gone through several revamps in terms of origin and continuity. The most recent version, introduced as part of DC’s “New 52,” presents Black Manta as an assassin who holds a grudge for the death of his father against Aquaman. Aquaman did, in fact, accidentally murder Black Manta’s father while seeking retribution for a murder that Manta committed.
Momoa had a brief cameo as Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year. He’ll next appear in Justice League and can be seen in the footage from the film released at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016.
For Aquaman, Momoa will be joined by Amber Heard as Arthur Curry’s Atlantean love, Mera. The film is being written by Will Beal (Gangster Squad) from a treatment by DC Comics Chief Creative Officer and President of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns. Johns himself wrote the first 25 issues of the New 52 Aquaman series. Aquaman will be directed by James Wan (Furious 7, The Conjuring).
Aquaman is scheduled to be released on July 27, 2018.
Is this a good move bringing in Black Manta in already, or would it have served the franchise better by bringing in someone other than Aquaman’s arch-nemesis? Who do you think would be a good actor to play Black Manta, and which version of Black Manta would you like to see? The “New 52” character, or the one that is pre-Flashpoint?
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