‘Aquaman’ Actor Trolls Fans With Fake Black Manta Costume Reveal

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Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II recently suggested that he’d be revealing the Black Manta armor for a curious fan, but as it turns out, he was just pulling a prank. The actor released a picture of a makeshift “costume” and followed it up with a video proving his DC fan cred.

I’m not going to spoil what this costume looks like because you’re going to have to see it for yourself below to believe it:

Abdul-Mateen II quickly followed this picture up with video of his costume while he was at his desk, presumably preparing to read Aquaman and other comic books. But he also makes a priceless allusion to DC’s cartoons:

Abdul-Mateen II later clarified that he was referring to the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis movie adaptation (which is heavily based around the Aquaman mythology) and not to Young Justice. If it’s of any consolidation, it certainly seems like he has the “being evil” part of playing a supervillain down.

Aquaman will make a splash on December 21, 2018. Its cast includes Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Patrick Wilson as Prince Orm Marius (Ocean Master), and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.

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Reasons Behind The ‘Aquaman’ Hype

If I went back in time five or 10 years and told myself that Black Panther and Aquaman would be my most anticipated superhero movies of 2018, I would have said, “Ahhhh!” because time traveling is freaky. But I would also have been quite surprised about the movies, too. The former I knew only in passing and the latter by the frequent jokes made about him. We here at Heroic Hollywood previously talked about what got us most excited about Black Panther. But we haven’t yet talked about the positive developments behind-the-scenes of Aquaman that have turned the film into an unexpectedly-anticipated blockbuster.

Aquaman is the next DCEU ready for production, gearing up for filming to begin in April in Australia. Of course, the character played by Jason Momoa, a Hawaiian of mixed descent, has already debuted in video and photographs in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad respectively. The king of Atlantis gets his proper introduction in Justice League, coming this November. But its his solo feature, directed by James Wan, that has really grabbed my imagination. The superhero’s story intertwines many great comic book and genre tropes, from the Shakespearan family drama to civilizational clashes to the tragic origin stories. He’s is the first big-screen water superhero. As fascinating as space is, I can’t help but be as fascinated more by the mysterious blue depths.

Here are 10 reasons the growing hype behind Aquaman is real. Click Next to start!