New look for Black Manta and Aquaman costumes

New images from this year’s Licensing Expo have revealed new looks at two of the main costumes from the Aquaman sequel.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will not only return Jason Momoa as the titular king of Atlantis, but also the original film’s villain, Black Manta, among others. Black Manta’s role in the hit 2018 movie sequel, in turn played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, is still mostly a mystery, but thanks to images from this year’s Licensing Expo we have a better look at the new Black Manta- Costume. While we’re still waiting to see an official trailer for the film, this is a nice look at the Black Manta suit that was on display at the event alongside Jason Momoa’s Aquaman suit.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was recently dubbed a buddy film between Momoa’s Atlantean King and Patrick Wilson’s returning Orm, with many others reprising their roles in the sequel, including Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren and of course Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, whose Black Manta costume can be seen in the below images shared on Twitter.


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Black Manta gets more personality in Aquaman 2

Abdul Mateen II had previously spoken to him about his return, and revealed that he was excited to return to the role of Black Manta and wanted to make sure audiences learned more about the character’s personality and his role in the film. He said:

“I think for the next Aquaman I really wanted to give the character more personality so we could get to know him in some more private moments. wanted to see it [Black Manta] to struggle with some things to then see a bit more of his personality and character. Also to see what it looks like for him to be responsible for something. So in this case we see a little bit more of his leadership style, a little bit more of his personality. And he’s back, no doubt, in a big way. Anywhere he has a device or plan to return to Aquaman, he will use it. So he can show up anywhere, but when he does I hope we see more of his wit and more of the comedic parts of Black Manta and see more of the things that make him who he is [the Black Manta] I know and the person that fans and the people of this universe have come to love over the years.”

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was originally scheduled to premiere this December, but in the recent schedule change, the film was replaced with Shazam! wrath of the gods and will now arrive in March 2023 instead. While there were no specific reasons for the film’s delay, rumors apparently suggested that the ongoing defamation lawsuit between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp may have played some role in the decision, with Warner Bros. wanting to delay release as much as possible the process and its outcome as best as possible. Of course, there were also a number of Covid delays, meaning more time was also needed to complete all post-production work on the film.

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