This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con featured some exciting new developments regarding the DC Extended Universe. Not only was a new look at Zack Snyder’s Justice League released but James Wan also shared a first look at his upcoming film Aquaman exclusively for Hall H attendees. Although Jason Momoa was there at the presentation, his director and co-stars that include Amber Heard (Mera), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta), Willem Dafoe (Vulko) and Patrick Wilson (Ocean Master) remained in Australia for principal photography.
Although Wan sent an exclusive look at the film for Hall H attendees, the official footage from the film did not include Abdul-Mateen’s Black Manta. In fact, there has yet to be an official hint at what Black Manta may look like in the new movie.
Recently, a fan on Twitter asked Abdul-Mateen about when he may tease about one of the most crucial elements of the character’s design: the head armor. Interestingly enough, Abdul-Mateen had an intriguing reply:
— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) July 24, 2017
Now let’s take this into perspective first. It is possible that Abdul-Mateen is joking about sharing a hint regarding Black Manta’s head armor. For all it’s worth, the actor may end up sharing an image of him wearing something else on his head that does not closely resemble the head armor in the slightest.
But either way, fans should not be surprised if either Abdul-Mateen or Wan unveil an image that features Black Manta in all of his glory. As someone who had the opportunity to see the exclusive Hall H first look, Wan was not lying at all when he stated that he aimed to make the film a swashbuckling adventure.
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.
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!