Now, we’re getting a closer look at Black Manta’s render from NetherRealm artist Jessie Graybeal’s ArtStation page.
To be clear, this is the model for Black Manta when he shows up as an NPC during the Altantis stage transition. This is not a model for a playable version of Black Manta.
However, this Black Manta model definitely shares a striking resemblance to one of the DLC character silhouettes, especially in his spiky jet pack, his football-shaped helmet and his excessively meaty thighs.
That being said, if Black Manta is going to be a playable character with what we can assume will be a slightly different, more detailed character model, will he still be in the stage transition? Maybe it will be a Black Manta from another dimension. Heck, NetherRealm utilizes flimsier plot devices than that to shoehorn a few of its characters into the game.
We have to also take into account the recent kerfuffle over a supposed leak of a list detailing the remaining DLC characters. The leak—which did list Black Manta as one of the characters—was called “fake” by a prominent YouTuber in a tweet, which was then shared by Ed Boon, the creative director of NetherRealm Studios. This doesn’t mean that Black Manta is not going to be a DLC character, it just means that we’re not sure if Black Manta is not not a DLC character. Or not.
Anyway, take a look at Red Hood, who we do know is going to be a DLC character. At least, we think we know. We think.