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David Hyde also known as Black Manta, was a former ally of Prince Orm. He is later arrested for his crimes and conscripted into Task Force X by Amanda Waller.



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Black Manta in Flashpoint

Black Manta in an alternative timeline was an enforcer in Aquaman's Atlantean army alongside Ocean Master during his war against Wonder Woman and the Amazons, as well as The United States of America. His notable moment was showcasing his fighting skills as he faced off against Deathstroke where in Black Manta presumably killed him with his optic blasts. He is later killed by the combined efforts of Grifter and Batman shooting him to death in the face.


Out of costume, Black Manta first appears observing Arthur Curry with Dr. Shin, a scientist with theories that Atlantis exists. While the doctor tries to approach Curry immediately after witnessing his strength, Black Manta advises him to talk to Arthur in the morning. Later, in Atlantis, he and Orm meet with Queen Atlanna, Orm's mother, to persuade her into starting a war with the surface world. After she rejects their idea to attack the humans, Black Manta uses missiles loaded into his submarine to attack Atlantis, framing the surface world. Orm and Black Manta then demand that the Queen starts a war for the alleged act of terrorism from the surface. However, Queen Atlanta still refuses to strike and tells Manta to arrange a meeting with the Justice League to discuss a peace treaty. Black Manta also orders his men to assassinate Dr. Shin and Curry when they meet.

After his men fail to kill Orm's half brother, Arthur Curry, Orm kills Queen Atlanta, and usurps the throne of Atlantis, once again framing the humans for killing his mother. After Orm becomes the "Ocean Master" and Arthur becomes "Aquaman", the Atlantean army wages war with the surface and the Justice League. Black Manta later faces off against Aquaman and has the upper hand until the end of their fight. Black Manta reveals to have manipulated Orm into starting a war with the surface, and plans to claim the treasures of Atlantis for himself when the time is right. Just as he is revealing his scheme, Aquaman summons a great white shark from the harbor to attack Black Manta, biting the villain and bringing him into the ocean.

Manta's return

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay[]

Black Manta resurfaces as a member of Task Force X for Amanda Waller. He briefly appears when he escorts the Suicide Squad to their mission through a custom submarine. His face is shown to be heavily scarred after his encounter with the great white shark.

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War[]

Two years after the Justice League's failed invasion of Apokolips and deaths of the Teen Titans, Black Manta is seen on Stryker's Island in Metropolis, now a member of the Suicide Squad which is led by Harley Quinn after the death of Amanda Waller. Black Manta, along with the rest of his team, join the remaining Justice League's efforts in destroying Apokolips, accompanying them to LexCorp to fight their way to the boom tube.


Black Manta shooting Laser Beams while being shot at by LexCorp's soldiers

After fighting through many of LexCorp's soldiers, the Suicide Squad, along with Lex Luthor and Lois Lane, remain by the boom tube as the remaining League members head to Apokolips, in order to prevent the Paradooms from returning to Apokolips. To fight off the Paradooms, genetic hybrids of Parademons and Doomsday, Black Manta is given new swords infused with Kryptonite, as the Parademons are vulnerable to Kryptonite due to possessing Superman's DNA.

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Black Manta, with the rest of Task Force X, ready for their final stand

Despite his valiant efforts, Black Manta is eventually outnumbered by the Paradooms and is violently torn in half by one of them.

Powers and Abilities[]

Black Manta Suit: Black Manta possessed an Atlantean armored suit that gave him a number of abilities:

Armor Durability: Black Manta's armor grants him incredible durability, allowing him to survive bullets

Energy beams: The helmet of Black Manta's suit fires thick beams of red laser energy from its eyes, similar to Kryptonian heat vision. When fighting the Paradooms at LexCorp Tower, he was given Kryptonite laser beams

Kyptonite Blade Gauntlet: When fighting the Paradooms, Manta wore two blade gauntlet on his arms made of Kryptonite