Black Manta, the most famous and lethal of the various foes of DC Comics underwater hero Aquaman, will serve as the main antagonist of the James Wan-directed “Aquaman” solo film at Warner Bros. Pictures says The Wrap. Jason Momoa will reprise the role of the King of Atlantis which he’s currently playing in the in-production “Justice League” film.
First introduced in 1967 and having undergone several revisions, each version of Black Manta essentially has him vowing revenge on Aquaman for a perceived slight be it the accidental death of a father to the not intervening when he was kidnapped and sexually abused. Manta is a violent human with a battle-suit capable of functioning in any oceanic environment.
There was a rumor last year that Common might play the role but that’s no longer the case it seems. Will Beal is writing the screenplay based off a treament by Geoff Johns and James Wan. The film is currently targeting a July 27th 2018 release.