‘Aquaman’ exclusive: First look at Black Manta

‘Aquaman’ exclusive: First look at Black Manta

First Look at ‘Aquaman’s Black Manta; James Wan Distances Film from Previous DCEU Movies

Seeking revenge, Aquaman hunted down Black Manta-and accidentally killed his father in retaliation.

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DC is finally giving fans a deep dive into its upcoming standalone feature "Aquaman", revealing two new characters - and a brand new look for another character - in some first look photos.

Not much is yet known about the character in the film, and that's exactly how director James Wan wants it. Interestingly enough, despite the fact that Black Manta is a huge villain in the Aquaman canon, he won't be the head baddie this time around - he just kind of made his way into the story.

Directed by James Wan and written by Will Beall, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Patrick Wilson as Orm Marius/Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko.

Lead actor Jason Momoa, who portrays the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis himself, giving off a skin-splitting smolder as buckets of rain fall over his head in the primary EW cover is sure to spark the interests of a fair few readers, but it's the second cover that's the real attention-grabber. Unlike Arthur Curry, David Kane is not part Atlantean and is merely human, which means that he has to use his superior intellect to craft technological devices to keep up.

Aquaman is now scheduled to be released in theaters on December 21, 2018. This puts an incredible amount of pressure on a superhero that was once the butt of many jokes. But it'll be interesting to see just how distinct Aquaman is, and if it signals a new direction for the DCEU in the vein of last year's hit Wonder Woman.

What do you think of this peek at Black Manta?

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