Black Manta is Aquamans long serving arch-nemis, who’s dark origin story would certainly suit Wan’s style
By Beth McConnell – After a bumpy entrance into the world of cinema, DC are attempting to reinvigorate their expanded universe. The newly released Wonder Woman and Justice League trailers, along with comic book legend Geoff Johns serving as a consultant for the movies has many people positive for the future.
As we previously reported, Aquaman may be a a dark horse for the DCEU, early signs are promising and director James Wan (The Conjuring) has a lot of belief in his vision for the character. Details about his stand alone movie have been scarce, however reports suggest the movies villain may be none other than Black Manta.
Black Manta had no definitive origin story until #6 of the 1993 Aquaman series. In this origin, the boy who would become Black Manta grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and loved to play by the Chesapeake Bay. As a youth he was kidnapped and forced to work on a ship for an unspecified amount of time, where he was sexually abused by his captors. At one point, he saw Aquaman with his dolphin friends and tried to signal him for help but was not seen. Finally, he was forced to defend himself, killing one of his tormentors on the ship with a knife. Hating the emotionless sea and Aquaman, whom he saw as its representative, the boy was determined to become its master.
His dark origin story would certainly suit Wan’s style, whom is no stranger to horror and being Aquaman’s arch enemy would make him a safe bet for the studios. Early rumours suggest Michael K Williams (The Wire) is in talks to play Black Manta.
Suicide Squad is in cinemas now. Wonder Woman opens June 2nd, 2017; Justice League November 17th, 2017; Aquaman July 27th, 2018; the Batman solo movie is rumoured to be released October 5th, 2018; Shazam April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 June 14th, 2019, 2019; Cyborg April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps July 24th, 2020.
Source – The Wrap