With Wonder Woman and Justice League both hitting the silver screen this year for Warner Brothers’ DC Extended Universe, one could say it’s a pretty good time to be a fan of DC comics.
While Dolph Lundgren has been cast as King Nereus — the anticipated primary antagonist of the film — Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down) will serve as Aquaman’s arch-nemesis Black Manta, who will serve as a secondary villain in the movie this time around.
Abdul-Mateen II isn’t taking the role lightly, that’s for sure. One of the stars of the popular Netflix original The Get Down — a show showing the rise of hip-hop and disco music in The Bronx through the vantage point of a group of teenagers — has been busy brushing up on Aquaman lore, and he wants his fans to know it.
The actor took to Instagram today to post a selfie while holding up a wide variety of Aquaman comics, including a few from the latest Rebirth run as well as 2011’s post-Flashpoint New 52 run. All smack dab in the middle is an issue of Suicide Squad featuring both Black Manta and Deathstroke.
The Instagram post comes on the heels of a very interactive Q&A the actor held on Twitter, answering many questions fans
“Thanks a bunch to everyone who tuned
Thanks a bunch to everyone who tuned in to my impromptu twitter Q&A yesterday! My favourite thing about social media is that it puts me directly in touch with you CRAZY HILARIOUS PEOPLE!! Can't wait to do it again! And thanks for the Black Manta Suggestions!!! Looks like I've got some reading to do! #Thankyou ✌🏾✌🏾
Outside of the Instagram post, Abdul-Mateen also shared on Twitter that he had previously been reading Black Manta Rising.
@a_stabelli I have!! Right now I'm reading Black Manta Rising!! That dude is a beast! He was pretty dope in The Others too!— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) April 25, 2017
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Aquaman is slated for release on December 21, 2018.