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David Kane was a pirate like his father, Jesse Kane. Their gang took over a submarine, but they are foiled by Aquaman. After a brief battle, Aquaman deflects a rocket from Jesse, that caused a torpedo to topple over, trapping him as the submarine became flooded. David begged Aquaman for help, but was told that they kill innocents and should not expect mercy from the ocean. David was forced to flee and started to bear a deep grudge against Aquaman.
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Powers and Abilities
David Kane does not possess any innate powers. Instead, he uses Atlantean technology supplied by Ocean Master to provide him with superhuman strength, endurance, durability, and a variety of weapons.
- Superhuman Strenght:
- Superhuman Reflexes:
- Aquatic Breathing:
- Superhuman Durability: Manta's suit grants him superhuman levels of durability, allowing him to function in depths usually unexplorable by other humans.
- Optical Blasts: The helmet of Black Manta's suit is able of firing thick beams of energy from its eyes.
- Master Martial Artist:
- Skilled Swordsman:
- Black Manta suit: David Kane, with the help of Ocean Master, created a specialized armored suit that allows him to operate underwater. The suit is outfitted with Atlantean technology, giving it energy projection abilities as well as facilitating use against pressures faced in deeper environments. The suit possesses a distinctive manta-shaped helmet with two large eyes that allow for powerful optic blasts capable of injuring Atlanteans and is connected to an oxygen system that allows him to breathe underwater indefinitely. The suit also has a rocket jet pack system that allows him to fly and a blade within a forearm.
- In the comics, David Hyde was a mercenary whose father was killed by Aquaman. Swearing revenge, Hyde created a specialized suit that allowed him to survive underwater to combat his foe. David Hyde was later revealed to be the father of Jackson Hyde, the Titan known as Aqualad.