Warning: Spoilers for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special #1
- Black Manta’s redesigned suit in the Aquaman comic special offers a refreshing take on one of the most classic villain costumes in comic-book history, generating anticipation for its potential appearance in the upcoming Aquaman sequel.
- The updated look introduces a modern twist to Black Manta’s iconic armor, trading the bulk of his original helmet for a more streamlined, contemporary design.
- The potential costume variations of Black Manta present another exciting element for Aquaman fans to look forward to as they eagerly await the release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
In anticipation of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, DC has unveiled a captivating redesign of Black Manta’s iconic suit in an Aquaman comic special. Should this costume transition from the pages of the comic to the cinema screen, it will undoubtedly be welcomed by fans, given its refreshing take on one of the most classic villain costumes in comic-book history.
The Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special #1 is a 64-page comic prelude to the highly anticipated movie sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. This special delivers three thrilling interconnected stories that tie into the movie’s forthcoming events, including the Black Manta-focused story “Afterimage” by Joey Esposito, Ray-Anthony Height, Enrica Eren Angiolini, and Josh Reed.
This Black Manta story offers fans an enticing glimpse of the character’s updated armor redesign, which features a new and slimmer version of his manta-themed mask. This refreshed look will captivate audiences, generating anticipation for Black Manta’s pivotal role in the Aquaman movie sequel.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is scheduled for release on December 22nd, 2023.
Comparing Black Manta’s Original Suit with His Updated Look
In Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special #1, the second tale unveils the update to Black Manta’s iconic armor, revealing a departure from his traditional mega-helmet appearance. This new rendition introduces a modern twist to the villain’s look, trading the bulk of his classic helmet for a more streamlined, contemporary design. It replaces the large helmet with a goggle-like apparatus, retaining the trademark large red eyes while shedding the excessive size, resulting in an impressive and sleek armor redesign. Despite the absence of energy blasts in the showcased comic, the goggles are likely still capable of this function.
Not only is the new design undeniably cool, it also presents a more practical and portable version of the traditional Black Manta costume, marked by its reduced size and enhanced convenience for storage and mobility. This is something that the original helmet has always lacked. The reveal of this updated appearance will certainly incite curiosity, setting the stage for discussions on whether this fresh rendition surpasses the appeal of the original suit. As this distinctive new look makes its way through the fandom, it remains an exciting prospect to witness fans’ reception and preferences for this contemporary take on Black Manta’s armor.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to be the final DCEU movie before the universe is rebooted by James Gunn and Peter Safran in 2025.
Black Manta’s Redesign Deserves to Be Seen in the Aquaman Movie
Before a fair assessment can be made on whether the new appearance is an improvement, fans must witness it in its full glory on the grand scale of the movie screen. With this updated design showcased in the prequel comic, hopefully this fresh look will appear in the upcoming film. Seeing this rendition brought to life on screen and observing how it measures up against the classic Manta helm in action is an exciting prospect. Black Manta’s potential costume variations stand as yet another enticing element for Aquaman fans to anticipate while eagerly awaiting the release of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Special #1 is available now from DC Comics.
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