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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays the villain Black Manta in Aquaman, and GQ Australia caught up with the actor to talk about next year’s big DC movie.

Abdul-Mateen II talks about the scale of Aquaman, what he thinks the fans will think, and bulking up to play Black Manta. Check out the Aquaman portion of the interview below.

Speaking of Aquaman, how’s it all going?

It’s going great. The scale is epic and this movie is going to be so good! I can’t say too much, but in the hands of [director] James Wan and with Jason Momoa at the helm, I think people are going to be really happy with it.

You play villain Black Manta. Have you had to bulk up?

Yeah. It’s been about five days a week in the gym and doing fight training, too. I have a love-hate relationship with working out. I do not enjoy the experience when I’m doing it, but I never regret it.

I think I’m in the best shape of my life.

SOURCE: GQ Australia