Black Manta

Black Manta is one of the antagonists in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

He is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.


One day, a criminal became Black Manta. Black Manta desired to crave out a kingdom of his own. Besides some level of above average strength, Black Manta possess the ability to quickly master and create technology. He commands a submersible fashioned after his namesake as well as a legion of henchmen. Black Manta's endeavors to create a kingdom of his own, often draws him into conflict with Aquaman whom he always attempts to destroy and steal from. Black Manta was the first supervillain Batman and Aquaman teamed up to fight against.

On one occassion, Black Manta allied himself with Ocean Master to assassinate Aquaman in order to take over Atlantis. Under the agreement, Ocean Master was misled into thinking Black Manta's motives were to plunder the vast treasury of Atlantis. Instead, Black Manta wanted to destroy Atlantis with a series of destabilizers placed on the Continental Shelf. He played along and created implants capable of blocking Aquaman's telepathy and giving Ocean Master exclusive control of the sea life. Once Aquaman was captured, Black Manta betrayed Ocean Master and continued with his plans. Batman's unexpected intervention prevented the coup. Batman personally escorted Black Manta to Iron Heights.

Black Manta soon escaped Iron Heights and robbed a bank in broad daylight aboard his Manta Ship. He was defeated by Batman and B'Wana Beast. He later teamed up Owlman to kill the world's heroes but was defeated. Manta was incarcerated at Blackgate Prison. Months later, Manta escaped and teamed up with Gorilla Grodd and Clock King to steal a UN communications satellite and create global chaos. The trio had to face off against Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary. Out of no where, Black Manta began to break out in song. The Music Meister revealed himself and hijacked the satellite for his own purpose. The villains were knocked out and incarcerated at Iron Heights. Black Manta was imprisoned in a special spherical cell filled with water that was similar to a fish bowl.


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