Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Confirms His Black Manta Role In ‘Aquaman’

Black Manta

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has finally broken his silence about being cast as Black Manta in Aquaman. When the casting was announced, his Baywatch co-star and fellow DC Universe villain, Dwayne ‘Black Adam’ Johnson offered a warm welcome and after a long two months later Abdul-Mateen has officially responded. You can see his response in the tweet below.

Beating out a few other big names for the Black Manta role, such as Trevante Rhodes and Corey Hawkins, Abdul-Mateen joins an already amazing cast. Coming off of the raw and incredible The Get Down and this summers Baywatch, it’s interesting to see where his career takes him next.

James Wan’s Aquaman, starring Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry a.k.a. Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta and Patrick Wilson as Orm a.k.a. Ocean Master, 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.

Mamoa, Heard and Dafoe will also be seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League film, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Raymond Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielson, and J.K. Simmons, which opens in theaters on Friday, November 17.

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!

Nathaniel Brail

Nathaniel Brail

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