Aquaman, the upcoming DC Extended Universe film directed by horror master James Wan has supposedly already revealed the merman's (Jason Mamoa) big bad as Black Manta. Although there has been no official confirmation from Warner Bros., a recent report claimed that the King of the Seven Seas will be going up against his long-time foe Black Manta on the big screen.
We first met the DCEU's cinematic version of Aquaman briefly in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which featured a brief video of him swimming out of an underwater ship wreck, holding his trident. He'll be making his official debut in the upcoming Justice League film, in which Batman (Ben Affleck) seeks to unify the metahumans discovered by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenburg) to form the ultimate superhero team. As we've already seen in the first Justice League trailer, the movie version of Aquaman is pretty menacing. In fact, James Wan recently said that Aquaman is the "Wolverine of the Justice League," and is not someone to be taken lightly.
With the announcement of Black Manta possibly going head-to-head with Aquaman, one actor in particular is already vying for the role. Michael K. Williams (Omar Little in HBO's The Wire) took to Twitter to show his interest in playing Manta, the Baltimore treasure hunter who became a little too angry with the King of the Seven Seas
— Michael K Williams (@BKBMG) August 11, 2016
In the comics, Black Manta first appeared in 1967 in Aquaman #35 as a treasure hunter who was hired to collect a sample of Aquaman's blood. The altercation that took place next spawned years of personal vengeance between the two characters. As he sailed off on his oceanic mission to collect the blood sample, Manta encountered a young Aquaman alongside his father. A violent battle ensued, resulting in the death of Aquaman's father.
In hopes of seeking revenge, Aquaman then hunted down Black Manta (who had adapted a suit that allowed him to survive and fight in the sea) but his actions led to him accidentally killing Black Manta's father. Eventually, Black Manta even murdered Aquaman's own son. With all of this murdering going on, you can see how years and years of built-up anger turned into the ocean's biggest blood bath as the two constantly sought revenge against each other.
Williams would make an impressive Black Manta, especially with his experience playing the toughest, baddest criminal on The Wire, though it may take more than an enthusiastic tweet to land him the role. Either way, Aquaman versus Black Manta would make for a great on-screen fight.
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, the Batman solo movie and Man of Steel 2 are currently without release dates.
Source: Michael K. Williams