‘Aquaman”s Black Manta, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Swims Over To HBO’s ‘Watchmen’

‘Aquaman’ villain, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays high tech pirate Black Manta, will continue swimming in the DC pool.  He has just been cast in HBO’s proposed drama based on the 1986-87 DC miniseries ‘Watchmen’.  Abdul-Mateen joins a large cast which includes Jeremy Irons, ‘Sleepy Hollow”s Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Regina King, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard.  All roles are under wraps, but it is believed that King is the show’s lead, while Irons’ character is described as “an aging and imperious lord of a British manor.”  Abdul-Mateen and Irons are both now veterans of DC’s current film universe, as Irons has now played Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth twice, in ‘Batman V Superman’ and ‘Justice League’.

The concept behind the HBO series is unclear, but it is not another adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s best-selling graphic novel.  Photographs of certain props appear to indicate that the series will follow in the aftermath of that story, which was adapted as a live action film directed by Zack Snyder in 2009.  Both the original comic books and the film ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, in that Rorschach (played by Jackie Earle Haley in the film) mailed his tell-all journal to a newspaper reporter.  The details in that book could blow wide the thick conspiracy masterminded by his one-time ally Ozymandias a.k.a. Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) and to an extent, the U.S. government.  At the end of the original story, only Nite Owl, Silk Specter, and the god-like Dr. Manhattan survived, but Manhattan left Earth, seemingly for good.

Damon Lindelof, c0-creator of HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’, is developing this series which at this time has only been ordered to pilot.  But with ‘Game of Thrones’ ending, and with ‘Westworld”s lengthy production time, HBO could use another big, buzzy hit.

Check back for more info as it becomes available.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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