‘Aquaman’: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Shares Image Of Black Manta Research

Aquaman Black MantaProduction on the upcoming DC Comics film, Aquaman, is getting closer to kicking off production as Jason Momoa returns as Arthur Curry. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be portraying the villainous Black Manta in the film as he brings the iconic Aquaman villain to life.

Recently he shared on his Instagram page as he thanked the fans for a recent Q&A that he did on Twitter while showing off some of his research that he is doing for the Black Manta role. A lot of the material that you can see in the image is from the recent run of Aquaman titles.

“Thanks a bunch to everyone who tuned in to my impromptu twitter Q&A yesterday! My favourite thing about social media is that it puts me directly in touch with you CRAZY HILARIOUS PEOPLE!! Can’t wait to do it again! And thanks for the Black Manta Suggestions!!! Looks like I’ve got some reading to do! #Thankyou ✌🏾✌🏾”

James Wan’s Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa as the title character, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko and Patrick Wilson as Orm a.k.a. Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, with Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna and Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s father, is set to come out in theaters on December 21, 2018. The screenplay comes from Will Beall, with story by Wan and DC Films co-head Geoff Johns.

Momoa, Heard and Dafoe will also be seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League film,starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as  Barry Allen/The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, which opens in theaters on Friday, November 17.

Source: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

10 Reasons Behind The ‘Aquaman’ Hype

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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!

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Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.