The latest promotional photo from James Wan’s Aquaman was released by USA Today, which features Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, as what looks like he’s being confronted of a dark shadowy figure that could very well be Aquaman’s biggest foe Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Justice League only dipped into the expansive undersea potential for Jason Momoa’s superhero, and director James Wan follows the epic ensemble with a solo film where Arthur Curry is caught between the surface and the watery kingdom of Atlantis. “He doesn’t quite fit in, but as the story progresses, he realizes he’s the best of both worlds,” says the filmmaker. “Circumstances allow him to grow as a human being and then realize the bigger picture of it all and what it means to have these abilities.” Designing Atlantis has given Wan a chance to “make something that is from our planet but at the same time, it’s a visual we’re not familiar with,” and he’s also unleashing some seriously bad guys. Chief among them: Aquaman’s archvillain Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), whose antagonism “is very primal, that classic revenge story,” Wan adds. “I love the simplicity of that human drive.”
Aquaman releases in theaters on December 21, 2018.