First “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” Teaser Reveals Black Manta’s Revenge Plan

The first teaser for director James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom gives us a glimpse at one of the chief antagonists looking to take out Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa). That would be David Kane (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), better known as Black Manta, the former rogue special forces officer who Aquaman left for dead—after killing his father, no less—in the first Aquaman. Black Manta survived his encounter with Aquaman, barely, and has been building himself and his high-tech suit into ferocious fighting form ever since. He’s got a new weapon to help him on his quest for vengeance, the Black Trident, which will make him an even more formidable adversary.

“I’m going to kill Aquaman and destroy everything he holds dear,” Manta promises in the new teaser. The man certainly means what he says. The Lost Kingdom will find Aquaman looking for help from another powerful individual who was determined to kill him, his brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), who ended the first film imprisoned after his failed attempt to crush Aquaman and claim the throne of Atlantis. The two brothers will have to join forces to take on Black Mantha and the terrific force that the Black Trident unleashes.

Joining Momoa, Abdul-Mateen II, and Wilson are Amber Heard as Mera, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Jani Zhao as Stingray, Vincent Regan as Atlan, and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin. 

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be the last film to bow for DC Studios that doesn’t carry the direct imprimatur of new bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran.

Check out the teaser here. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits theaters on December 20.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father’s death, will stop at nothing to take Aquaman down once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever before, wielding the power of the mythic Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to forge an unlikely alliance. Together, they must set aside their differences in order to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman’s family, and the world, from irreversible destruction.

All returning to the roles they originated, Jason Momoa plays Arthur Curry/Aquaman, now balancing his duties as both the King of Atlantis and a new father; Patrick Wilson is Orm, Aquaman’s half-brother and his nemesis, who must now step into a new role as his brother’s reluctant ally; Amber Heard is Mera, Atlantis’ Queen and mother of the heir to the throne; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is Black Manta, committed more than ever to avenge his father’s death by destroying Aquaman, his family and Atlantis; and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, a fierce leader and mother with the heart of a warrior. Also reprising their roles are Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus and Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin.

For more on Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, check out these stories:

“Aquaman 2” Has Officially Wrapped Production

“Aquaman 2” Adds “Game of Thrones” Villain Pilou Asbaek

Jason Momoa Reveals New Stealth Suit For “Aquaman 2”

New Image of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Getting Jacked For “Aquaman 2”

Featured image: Caption: YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II as Black Manta in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy Warner Bros Pictures/ ™ & © DC Comics


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