AQUAMAN Director Sinks BLACK MANTA Casting Rumors

Black Manta
Black Manta
Credit: DC Comics
Black Manta
Black Manta
Credit: DC Comics

Updated September 6, 2016: Aquaman director James Wan has taken to Twitter to refute rumors that Michael K Williams had been cast as Black Manta for the film. Williams previously tweeted his interest in the role, an idea that was quickly latched onto by fans. Over the weekend, the GOAT Movie Podcast reported that Williams had indeed been cast.

Wan responded to a fan's request to confirm the rumor by saying simply "Nah, not real," though this doesn't rule out the possibility that Williams is in negotiations or is being considered for the part. Wan did later say that The Wire alum was "a terrific actor."
 

Original Story: Jason Momoa's Aquaman solo film is still two full years away, but it's apparently already shaping up with the latest addition to the film reportedly being its villain - none other than Black Manta, according to The Wrap.

Introduced in 1967, Black Manta has had several origins over the years, with the latest version being that Black Manta seeks vengeance against Aquaman for killing his father. Interestingly, Black Manta has been a part of Task Force X, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad, several times.

No actor has been announced for the character. Harry Lennix, who voiced Black Manta in the animated Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, has already appeared in the DC Cinematic Universe as U.S. Secretary of Defense Calvin Swanwick. Interestlingly, Khary Payton - who voiced Black Manta in Young Justice - is currently scheduled to play King Ezekiel in the upcoming season of The Walking Dead.

Jason Momoa will portray Aquaman in 2017's Justice League as well as his solo film, while he's joined by Amber Heard as Mera and Willem Dafoe as Vulko.

Aquaman is due out in theaters July 27, 2018.

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