Word from the TheWrap is the King of Atlantis will go toe-to-toe with one of his oldest enemies in his upcoming solo film. Black Manta, an adversary of Aquaman since his comic debut in 1967, will apparently serve as a villain in the DC/Warner Bros. film, which is slated for 2018.
Created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, Black Manta has served as a staple villain in Aquaman lore for decades. It would not be until the 1990’s when Black Manta would be given a proper origin story, which would occasionally be re-imagined or retold in numerous ways and through an equal number of mediums as being: an abused child among a ship’s crew, the revenge-seeking son of a felled ship’s captain and an autistic orphan driven to villainy after being the subject of experimentation in Arkham Asylum.
Jason Mamoa (Game of Thrones) will serve as the titular King of the Seven Seas, after having made his official debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and after entering the fold of heroes in the Justice League film. Amber Heard will play Mera (Queen of Atlantis) and Willem Dafoe as his advisor Vulko.
James Wan will helm the solo Aquaman film as director, with a script penned by screenwriter Will Beall and acclaimed comic book writer and DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns.
Aquaman is set to hit theaters July 27, 2018.
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