Let's start with the premise that you, if you have Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. In the streets of LA (where he was when we talked) or in a cafe in San Francisco (near where he grew up ), or down in Atlanta (where he filmed), you would not necessarily know his face, but you would probably think: What will I have for dinner? That does not mean that he makes no impression (on the contrary), but he is not the most famous man on the street. 32-year-old New Orleans native Abdul-Mateen is pretty normal. He goes to the gym, wears a backpack and has a weakness for Apple Jacks.
But Abdul-Mateen is just becoming famous. This month, he will be the embodiment of Black Manta, Supervillain, who will compete against Jason Momoa in the latest DC Comics Spectacle Aquaman (December 21). He's not exactly a Hollywood newcomer, but in almost record time he has played a disco-dance sociopath in the Baz-Luhrmann-Netflix series of 2016 The Get Down – – his first role – and Aquaman given a big wet punch face.