We finally got a look at him, but audiences still don’t know that much about Aquaman villain David Kane, aka Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The character, whose name has been changed from Hyde to Kane in the movie, is described as a “cunning high-seas pirate and mercenary.” Entertainment Weekly spoke to director James Wan, who had a few details to spare about the villain.
“He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space,” Wan teases.
His helmet, which is seen in the picture above, can shoot plasma beams. He’s not the main villain though, more of a secondary one. He gets roped into the story of King Orn, played by Patrick Wilson, the half brother of Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman).
“Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about Jason and Patrick,” Wan says.
This could make fans of Black Manta a little uneasy, since no one wants to see one of the most iconic Aquaman villains relegated to some henchman. We can hope that the movie doesn’t decide to kill him off halfway through for dramatic purposes. This is a character worth exploring in future movies.
Summary: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Aquaman will be directed by James Wan and stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, and Willem Dafoe. It will be released December 21st.