Yahya Abdul-Mateen II confessed his role as DC antagonist Black Manta is set to gain momentum in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Aquaman was one of the first good signs post-Justice League, the disaster which condemned the DCEU to semi-reset. With its insane visuals, XXL adventure and constant excess, James Wan’s film was a little light in the dark for Warner, who had much to despair with his stillborn superheroic universe. But all is not perfect, so far.
The film may well have been mostly popular for its production and garnered 1.1 billion dollars at the global box office, certain points of the scenario, rather lazy and sewn with white thread, were underlined. Among the admonitions is the uselessness of Black Manta. The vendetta of the young pirate of the seas, yet Aquaman’s nemesis, is only the pretext for a few action scenes with the hero before he is dismissed as a mess of the plot. A clumsiness that should be corrected in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom, according to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Don’t blink, you might miss it
As a reminder, Black Manta is a criminal alias of the Kane family, pirate of the seas from father to son. During the looting of a submarine, David Kane and his father are taken aback by Aquaman. At the end of their little battle, David’s father is trapped under heavy rubble, and the son calls on the superhero to show mercy, by bringing him out before the damaged submarine sinks in the depths of the ocean. Aquaman refuses to help a murderer and leaves.
David is forced to abandon his father, with his blessing. The new and last of the Black Manta has only one goal: to avenge his progenitor by killing Aquaman. He then allies himself with the latter’s half-brother, Orm, who also seeks to kill the superhero. The villainous Atlantean therefore offers his local technology to Black Manta, so that he becomes a killing machine … or a pretext to make boom-boom five minutes before being thrown and retrieved in the post-credits scene.
The building = the development of Black Manta
The canceled spin-off The Trench, with Black Manta as protagonist, probably should have made up for it, but the bet turned out to be unsuccessful. At the microphone of Collider, Abdul-Mateen II returned to his under-exploited character. When asked if he can say something about his role in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the actor was quick to talk about the substance of his character:
“This is a new and exciting adventure. In this one, we will have the opportunity to see Black Manta more in charge of the film, moreover to impose itself on it. His personality, his torments and his aspirations are explored there. it’s more muscular, and has more impact. I’m excited to show this development to the world. “
“As long as the final cut doesn’t take everything away.” Yahya said to himself
From there to knowing where this thickness is, the mystery could find a beginning of answer via a new intriguing synopsis revealing that Aquaman will have to “forge a difficult alliance with an unlikely ally”. We immediately think of an antagonist, and therefore of Black Manta as a potential candidate. However, it seems more plausible that it is Orm, since the latter does not have much reason to be intimately angry with his half-brother, following the conclusion of the first film.
What’s more, it would give additional motivation to Black Manta, who might see the superhero and Orm’s collaboration as a betrayal of his former partner. In any case, we hope that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will this time have the opportunity to make his character shine at the height of talent. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is scheduled in French theaters for December 14, 2022 (and Aquaman has been on Netflix since December 19, 2021).