Aquaman: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Confirms He's Playing Black Manta

Black Manta Comic Villain Explained

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been reportedly involved with Aquaman for months, but he has now confirmed his role as Black Manta. Pre-production is well underway on Jason Momoa's solo film, and has resulted in the cast making their way to Australia for the start of filming. With the summer start rapidly approaching, cast members not yet confirmed to appear have begun to confirm their involvement. So far, only Momoa, Amber Heard (Mera), Patrick Wilson (Ocean Master), and Willem DaFoe (Vulko) had been confirmed members of the cast.

Recently, Nicole Kidman confirmed her role as Aquaman's mother, plus it was revealed that Dolph Lundgren has a role as King Nereus. It has been months since Abdul-Mateen was first reported to be in talks for Black Manta, and he has finally confirmed his next villainous role.

The actor took to Twitter to finally reply to Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's previous congratulatory tweet. Not only are both men now involved with the DCEU - The Rock is set to play Black Adam eventually - but they also are co-stars in Baywatch this summer. Abdul-Mateen's long-awaited response calls back a joke from the Baywatch marketing, but more importantly confirms that his talks have closed.

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