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FIRST LOOK: Here’s Aquaman villain Black Manta… plus Orm, Queen Atlanna and Vulko

June 14th, 2018 by Marc Comments

We reported yesterday that in James Wan’s Aquaman movie coming later this year, the characters would have a different way of communicating underwater than previously seen in Justice League. We also reported that the trailer would likely drop this week (here). Well, now Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue is revealing details on the movie, so we reckon the trailer will hit this week as the hype starts here.

While we anticipate more news will drop from the article later today, the big news right out of the gates is that we have our first look at Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as modern day pirate David Kane AKA Black Manta (below)!

It really looks like they are going full comic book look on the character, which is awesome!

Director Wan said of the character: “He’s part mercenary but full-time pirate who in his suit will look like some crazy alien from outer space… Black Manta is a really interesting character who is somehow factored into this story but our main story is about Jason and Patrick.”

On the movie itself, the director said: “The water world my movie takes place in is so separate and so far apart from previous DC movies it’s like I’m making my own sci-fi fantasy film. This is a whole new underwater world nobody has seen before in live action.”

Honestly, we’re so excited for the trailer that we almost feel embarrassed… are you?


Other images have also been released including the covers which show our first looks at Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), Vulko (Willem Dafoe) and King Orm (Patrick Wilson).

Check them out below:

Arthur Curry and Mera (Amber Heard) embark on a quest on the surface world.

James Wan directs Heard and Momoa inside a galleon as they encounter Aquaman’s mentor Vulko (Willem Dafoe)

Aquaman (Jason Momoa) storms a submarine under attack by pirates.

Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) protects a young Arthur Curry.

Aquaman faces off with his ambitious half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) who wants to declare war on the surface world.

Source: EW

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….