Aquaman 2 Images Show Black Manta’s Silver Age-Inspired Helmet & Ship

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom director James Wan has shared a closer look at Black Manta's helmet and ship, inspired by the Silver Age era of DC Comics. The film is due to splash into theaters on December 17, 2022. Jason Momoa is confirmed to return as Aquaman alongside Patrick Wilson as Orm, Amber Heard as Mera, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Jani Zhao as Stingray, Indya Moore as Karshon, and Vincent Regan replacing Graham McTavish as King Atlan.

In the original film, Aquaman is menaced by Black Manta, but doesn't manage to defeat him. The first glimpse at Black Manta's return in Aquaman 2 was revealed this weekend at the global live stream event, DC FanDome 2021. DC shared a behind-the-scenes video from the set of the film, revealing its epic globe-trotting scope and a closer look at the new comic-accurate costume donned by Manta.

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On his Instagram, James Wan shared another glimpse at Black Manta's helmet with close-ups of the instrument panel on his ship. A few of the photos are from the original batch shared for DC FanDome, but Wan has added closer looks at further details. The design for this film is inspired by the Silver Age of DC Comics, which is typically viewed as the period that ran between 1956 and 1975. Check out the post below:

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Aquaman 2 is set after Aquaman has assumed the throne of Atlantis. Not too much else is known about the plot at this time, though the FanDome video confirmed that Black Manta's reckless pursuit of Aquaman remains unchanged. He is seeking revenge for the death of his father, the pirate Jesse Kane, whom Aquaman refused to save in the first movie. His battle suit is a modified form of the Atlantean technology provided to him by the traitor Orm.

If any film has a license to dive deeper into the classic era of Silver Age comics, it's Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The film is not only following the first DCEU film to pass $1 billion in the worldwide box office, which means it can do whatever it wants, it's meant to be a bigger and better sequel to a movie that was already chock full of pulpy comic book fun. If the first film had the sense of humor to cast Julie Andrews as a gargantuan sea monster, the second is well prepared to step into the world of embracing the bright colors and lurid plots of the classic comics.

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