Following it having learned that Aquaman 2 will film next year with Jason Momoa, now Yahya Abdul-Mateen II confirms he will be back as Black Manta, and also confirms the casting news surrounding The Matrix 4.
"Aquaman 2 is happening! It is happening, and we can look for that, I believe, in 2022," he told UpRoxx. "So I'm excited to be part of that. Black Manta will be back, and hopefully, he'll be causing a lot more trouble than he did in the first one."
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also comments on tweeting director James Gunn that he wants to be in The Suicide Squad, as Black Manta is a part of the team in the various comics, but that he was just joking.
"Yeah, I was just having fun. I’m a big, big fan of The Office, and I really loved Suicide Squad. I got into that when I was studying for Aquaman, following Black Manta. So that was just poking fun, a little, “I wanna be in the party, I wanna come over and play,” he said.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II stars in Aquaman 2, The Matrix 4, Candyman
Regarding The Matrix 4, it's thought Yahya Abdul-Mateen II may be playing a young Morpheus, but that has yet to be officially confirmed.
Jason Momoa recently revealed that WB loves his pitch for Aquaman 2 as a well, which he came up with while filming the first flick.
“I came in with a big pitch,” Momoa said. “I came in with the whole thing mapped out, and they loved it.”
Aquaman 2 gets released December 16, 2022 with James Wan returning to direct.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is also starring in Jordan Peele's Candyman which gets released June 12, 2020.