Two prominent Black Actors are campaigning to be the lead villain, Black Manta in the upcoming DCEU Aquaman film.
Michael Jai White (right) and Michael K Williams (left) have already taken to social media to reveal their intent on being cast in the role. What makes things especially interesting, though, is that they’re both great choices for the part, too, which means that a big online push from the internet masses could put either of them in good stead to actually land it.
Both took to Twitter to re-tweet messages that endorsed them for the role. Michael K. Williams was the first to do just that, taking to Twitter at the ungodly hour of 3:35 am to write, “Let’s go!!,” after a fan had posted to him, “Dear god please make it so that @BKMG (Williams’ Twitter handle) as Black Manta in the Aquaman movie.”
Because of his eclectic CV, Williams would be a popular choice for the role of Black Manta, but it would mean that he’d have to bulk up substantially to impose himself on Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. But once he’d done just that, there’s no denying that he’d bring a unique, but still striking menace to the blockbuster.
But Williams can expect some competition from Michael Jai White who on Thursday night simply responded, “I accept your nomination,” after he received the Tweet,“@MichaelJaiWhite for Black Manta.”
We can expect a decision regarding who will portray Black Manta in Aquaman to be announced before the turn of the year, as Aquaman will begin shooting in early 2017 ahead of its July 27, 2018, release date.