Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Willem Dafoe is joining the DCEU with a mysterious role in Justice League, which was later confirmed to be the Atlantean character Nuidis Vulko. Most fans assumed that, like Amber Heard's Mera, Vulko will be introduced in Justice League to set up a role in the stand alone Aquaman movie. As it turns out, that's exactly what's happening, according to Willem Dafoe himself.
The Guardian caught up with Willem Dafoe who was promoting his new movie Dog Eat Dog. The talk eventually shifted to his role in the growing DCEU as Nuidis Vulko. Here's what he had to say about this character below.
"Well, Justice League is very particular because it's an ensemble movie and my character is being introduced here in order to be a principal role in Aquaman. These films are a different experience. They have different responsibilities, different resources and different intentions. It's nice to go between those worlds if you can. They serve different impulses."
Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice writer Chris Terrio revealed earlier this year that both the Aquaman movie and The Flash movie will continue the Justice Leauge story. Both of those films will hit theaters in 2018, directly between Justice League and Justice League Part 2, which is slated for release on June 14, 2019. Willem Dafoe is no stranger to the superhero genre, starring as The Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's 2002 blockbuster Spider-Man, but the actor revealed how different an experience Justice League was, when compared to Spider-Man.
"That was interesting because, as big as that film was, Sam Raimi didn't have a formula. And I think with Justice League I think they're trying to play around with the formula. Zack Snyder certainly has a heavy stamp on it. But Spider-Man was a very personal film to Sam. He really believed in the story. It was dear to him. It was fun to see a big studio film like that be so personal. I mean, nothing's perfect, but it's a good film."
James Wan will direct Aquaman from a script by Will Beall, based on a story the director concocted with Geoff Johns, with production starting in the summer of 2017. We also recently reported that the villain for this Aquaman movie will be Black Manta, although the character has not yet been cast. Justice League is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2017, with Aquaman set to debut on July 27, 2018.