Despite all of the jokes he has endured through over the years, Arthur Curry, a.k.a Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa), is a downright badass superhero. Sure, he can talk to fish, but he also carries around a giant trident and can summon a shark to tear you apart of you insult him like that. With such a an awesome member of the Justice League slated for his own solo movie in 2018, it's only fair that he gets the best possible bad guy to face off against. Ladies and gentlemen, we now have that villain in the form of Black Manta.

All that being said, Black Manta (much like Aquaman) hasn't had a great deal of exposure to mainstream audiences. In fact, some of you have probably never even heard of him. To help get you up to speed, we have assembled a list of the five most important things to know about Manta before Aquaman hits theaters on July 27, 2018. Now let's get started with one of the most important facets of the character: the nature of his relationship with Aquaman...

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His Feud With Aquaman Is Personal

The eternal battle between Aquaman and Black Manta has taken several dark turns over the years. These fights have resulted in significant collateral damage on both sides of the conflict, which has only further intensified the hatred that these two sea dwellers have for one another. During one particular battle with Manta, Aquaman's father suffered from a fatal heart attack, following which Aquaman hunted down the villain to seek revenge, but this action led to him accidentally killing Black Manta's own father. However, perhaps the most iconic and personal moment between these two characters came when Black Manta actually murdered Aquaman's infant son, leaving the aquatic hero with an eternal hatred and unquenchable thirst for revenge. Considering the dark places the DCEU has already allowed itself to go to, we're not ruling out any of these awesome story moments.

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