Aquaman’s Black Manta actor just trolled his Twitter followers big-time with a fake costume reveal. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) is making the jump from the small screen to the big screen, most recently playing Sgt. Ellerbee in Baywatch. Abdul-Mateen gets his first big-budget comic book role in 2018’s Aquaman as Black Manta, the first time an actor will portray the villain in a live-action setting.
It’s known that Black Manta will be one of the main villains in Aquaman, but the character’s physical appearance has yet to be revealed. It seemed as though Abdul-Mateen was about to reveal the first look at himself as Black Manta when he alerted his fans on Twitter over the weekend, but it turns out that he was just trolling all along.
Abdul-Mateen first tweeted on Sunday night a photo of an unmasked Black Manta from the Aquaman comics, teasing followers with the message “Tomorrow AND Tomorrow AND TOMORROW!!!”
Tomorrow AND Tomorrow AND TOMORROW!!! pic.twitter.com/HqyHt8BGzN— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) July 24, 2017
But all that anticipation turned out to be for naught, as Abdul-Mateen then “revealed” Black Manta’s “costume” in a tweet on Monday night:
BLACK MANTA REVEAL!!! Hahahahahahaha Rule number 1... Never trust the Good Guys!!! pic.twitter.com/sv92w9cr8c— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) July 25, 2017
The first trolling tweet wasn’t enough, though. Abdul-Mateen followed it up minutes later with a video featuring him in the “costume”, quoting Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory while speaking through a voice-changer:
Now that I've sussed out the STRONG from the WEAK it is time to BEGIN. I warn you..BE PREPARED. I also warn... It won't make a difference. pic.twitter.com/1Y5yPhEHHg— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) July 25, 2017
The costume is just a bit off from what fans may be expecting for the real Black Manta, who has commonly been depicted wearing a distinctive black helmet with large red eyes. Abdul-Mateen’s version of the Black Manta “costume” more resembles the hapless “Black Knight” from a memorably hilarious scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Though it may not appear so based on his tweets, Abdul-Mateen is taking his performance as Black Manta very seriously. Leading up to the start of shooting for Aquaman in May, Abdul-Mateen stayed busy both training and doing intensive research for the role. If his performance is as impressive and engaging as his Twitter interactions, then Aquaman could end up with one of the DCEU’s most memorable villains.
Nonetheless, Aquaman star Jason Momoa recently confirmed that Ocean Master, not Black Manta, would be the movie’s main antagonist. Played by Patrick Wilson, Aquaman’s half-brother-turned-supervillain will apparently enlist the services of Black Manta as one of his top henchmen. Fans expecting Black Manta to lead the charge of the bad guys may be disappointed, but Abdul-Mateen’s costume tease should only get them more excited to see the real thing.
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