Monday, September 04, 2017

Real Name: David Hyde
First Appearance: Aquaman #35 (September, 1967)
Fight Club Ranking: #DNR

Featured Fights:
- Yet To Be Featured on Secret Wars on Infinite Earths.

With so many battles, yet so little time; there are still a few major characters who haven't quite found their way into the Secret Wars on Infinite Earths fight club rankings! Which was one of the reasons Hero of the Week comes in handy, because there are a lot of awesome characters worth noting!

Black Manta originally appeared in Injustice 2 as an interactive background threat in Aquaman's Atlantis stage, but in a very rare case of exquisite taste; players demanded full control of the underwater villain as a playable character. Developers heard fans' cries and last week released the first trailer for their latest downloadable addition!

I love the sheer absurdity of Black Manta's classic bug-eyed helmet, and I love that NetherRealm Studios haven't tried to fix what isn't broken! There's the usual textured irrelevant in the body, but for the most part this is the Black Manta we all know and love!

With the DC fighting game roster climbing deep into the thirties (and beyond), a good visual is all the more important. It looks like he plays pretty well. Special moves include a lot of tech-suit based missiles and flight. Eye-beam lasers will be a favourite. He has a pretty neat harpoon, too.

Aquaman is heading to the big screen in a few months in Justice League, but in 2018 he'll star in his own solo film adventure! As one of the Atlantean's deadliest enemies, I'll be hoping Black Manta not only makes it to the big screen -- but also retains his look as gloriously as he has in Injustice 2.

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