Aquaman villain – Black Manta who is going to debut in the upcoming DCEU film is not just a villain who appears in one movie and gets tossed away. Peter Safran, an Aquaman Producer, revealed that the villain would continue to play a significant role in DC films even after Aquaman. The antagonist, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, was rumoured to be set up for a more significant part of DCEU Films moving forward which Safran confirmed.
In an interview, Peter said, “We certainly have every intention that Manta plays a huge role in the DC universe, we give him his origin story in this movie. We do show how Manta that we see in the comic books became that character. And we’re so fortunate to have this guy, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, to play him.”
Writer Bob Haney created black Manta and artist Nick Cardy in 1967; Black Manta went on to become one of Aquaman’s most recognisable and personal enemies. Safran’s comments indicate Manta will indeed continue to be seen against Aquaman in future films.
“From the early days of developing the screenplay, he’s just such a great antagonist, and he’s such a fan favourite and the response every time people hear that he’s in the movie or that it’s confirmed that he’s in the movie, they’re thrilled about it,” continued Safran. “We always wanted to give him his storyline and, if Orm is the primary antagonist, then Manta is certainly is a very strong secondary antagonist. There is a connection between Orm and Manta that will be revealed that helps make him a more integral part of the story.”
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 and is directed by James Wan. The film is scheduled to be released in theatres on December 21.