NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Black Manta from the DC Extended Universe film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Black Manta.
I'll show you the same mercy you showed my father. And gut you like the fish you are!
~ Black Manta expressing his hatred to Aquaman.

David Kane, also known as Black Manta, is the secondary antagonist of the 2018 epic superhero film Aquaman. He will appear in the 2022 sequel film, Aquaman 2, playing a more major role. He is a ruthless treasure hunter and a high-seas mercenary with a flair for creating deadly technological innovations who came into conflict with Aquaman.

He was portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who also portrayed Clarence "Cadillac" Caldwell in The Get Down.


David Kane was a pirate just like his father, Jesse Kane who helped him steal a military stealth sub. At some point, they were hired by King Orm Marius to take over a Russian nuclear submarine in order to help unite the kingdoms of Atlantis and declare war on the surface world, but they are foiled by Aquaman. After a brief battle, Aquaman deflects a rocket from Jesse, that caused a torpedo to topple over, trapping him as the submarine became flooded. David begged Aquaman for help but was told that they kill innocents and should not expect mercy from the ocean. David was forced to flee and started to bear a deep grudge against Aquaman.

David later targets Atlantis at the behest of Orm, who uses the attack as an excuse to declare war on the surface, which he was eventually paid for, but David instead he wants weapons in order to kill Aquaman. Orm later provides David with a high-tech prototype suit of Atlantean armor and plasma rifle, which David uses and modifies them into a high-tech suit. Using this suit and a squad of elite Men-of-War soldiers.

Now calling himself "Black Manta", Manta confronts Arthur and Mera in Sicily, Italy, with Murk and elite Men-of-War soldiers. Manta mostly manages to match and even dominate Arthur as Arthur not only has to contend with his new-found Atlantean weapons and superhuman armor but also has to protect the civilians. However, in the end, Manta was ultimately overpowered by Arthur's combat prowess and own tremendous superhuman physical abilities, as he was slammed away several feet with enough force to damage his jetpack after just having been stabbed by Black Manta's Atlantean blades and Aquaman proceeded to throw a pair of chained balls at him, successfully heavily damaging his armor by the reflection of his blast and the subsequent fall. Manta is rescued by Dr. Stephen Shin, a scientist obsessed with finding Atlantis, and agrees to lead Shin there in exchange for his help in his revenge on Aquaman.




  • Ocean Master - Employer and Benefactor
  • Men-of-War
  • Stephen Shin - Savior and Right-Hand Man


  • Russian Captain † - Victim
  • Aquaman - Archnemesis, Attempted Killer, and Attempted Victim
  • Mera


I waited a long time for this.
~ Black Manta first meeting Aquaman.
His death shall be my reward.
~ Black Manta sets his sight on Aquaman.
You can't run. You owe me blood!
~ Black Manta to Aguaman





  • Black Manta may return in the sequel, as the main antagonist.
  • In the comics, Black Manta was the primary archenemy to Aquaman and a member of Lex Luthor's supervillain teams. Unlike this version, however, he has no redeeming traits at all; being a Pure Evil sadist who even killed Aquman's infant son.


            DC-logo Extended Universe Villains

Man of Steel: Sword of Rao (Dru-Zod, Faora-Ul, Nam-Ek, Jax-Ur, Tor-An, Car-Vex, Nadira & Dev-Em II)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Dru-Zod | Steppenwolf
Suicide Squad: Eyes of the Adversary (Enchantress & Incubus) | Suicide Squad (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Slipknot & Amanda Waller) | Joker's Gang (Joker, Jonny Frost, Panda Man & Monster T) | Griggs
Wonder Woman: Ares | Erich Ludendorff | Dr. Poison
Justice League: Steppenwolf | Parademons | Lex Luthor | Deathstroke | Ares | Darkseid
Aquaman: Ocean Master | Black Manta | Murk | Jesse Kane | The Trench | Orvax Marius
Shazam!: Thaddeus Sivana | Seven Deadly Sins | Mr. Sivana | Sid Sivana | Brett and Burke Breyer | Robbers | Mister Mind

           Aquaman (2015) logo Villains

Awesome Threesome | Barbatos | Black Jack | Black Manta | Captain Demo | Creature King | Dark Knights | Dead Water | Fisherman | General Brak | Jaffar | King Iqula | King Shark | Krusivax | Kurin | Land-Masters | Leron | Marine Marauder | Nereus | NKVDemon | Nuliajuk | Ocean Master | OGRE | Quisp | Rhombus | Thanatos | The Drowned | The Thirst | The Trench | Typhoon

Ocean Master | Black Manta | Jesse Kane | Murk | The Trench | Orvax Marius

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