8 Things You Didn't Know About DC's Black Manta

A deep dive into one of DC's most mysterious villains.


Supervillains are an essential part of the hero story. Batman has The Joker, Spiderman has Peter Parker, and when it comes to the Atlantean king Aquaman, few villains hate Arthur Curry more than the mysterious Black Manta.

Black Manta has over five decades of history in the pages of DC Comics, with the character turning 50 in September 2017. To capitalize on this, DC and Netherrealm Studios have released Black Manta as a playable character in Injustice 2, making it his first appearance as a playable character in a fighting game.

Black Manta is a cold, and calculating mercenary, with little to no remorse, who, because of the lack of Aquaman media, is rarely is spoken about when people discuss the best of the baddies. This is unfortunate, as Manta has an interesting history, clear motivations, and a cut throat mentality that should put him “leagues” above the competition.

Fortunately, fans have an opportunity to be re-introduced to the sadistic scuba diver in the 2018 Aquaman film, where he will debut in all his murderous glory, and is set to be played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Until then, brush up on the Devil of the Sea, as we take a deep dive into Black Manta.

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