Last month, we reported that Warner Bros.' upcoming superhero adventure Suicide Squad may have a connection to one of the studio's other DC Comics movies, Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa. Viola Davis' Amanda Waller reportedly keeps a trophy case full of items she has collected from superheroes, including Aquaman's trident. We also reported last week that Common has joined the cast in an unspecified role, but, according to JoBlo's Paul Shirey, the actor may actually be playing one of Aquaman's villains from the comic books, Black Manta.
Naturally, this has yet to be confirmed by the studio, but it would make sense to introduce the character here, possibly setting him up for returning in the standalone Aquaman, which has a July 27, 2018 release date already set. The Black Manta character first appeared in the DC Comics in 1967, and he has gone through a number of different reboots throughout the years, where he has been abandoned as a child. He was also subjected to experimental treatments which cured his autism but left him with a huge capacity for violence and his overwhelming desire to destroy Aquaman.
Now that Suicide Squad is already shooting, under the direction of David Ayer, perhaps we'll learn more about the Suicide Squad story and characters. Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jared Leto (The Joker), Jai Courtney (Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg) and Cara Delevingne (Enchantress) round out the main cast. Would you like to see Common playing Black Manta? Let us know what you think below.
Twitter grain-of-salt scoop per my source: Common may be playing Black Manta. #SuicideSquad— Paul Shirey (@arcticninja) April 25, 2015