Warning: minor SPOILERS for Justice League are forward!
Justice League has a stacked solid stuffed with acquainted faces and new characters, however not everybody who was introduced to look within the superhero team-up film made the ultimate reduce. One of many “casualties” was Willem Dafoe, who’s taking part in Atlantean advisor Nuidis Vulko within the DC Prolonged Universe. Vulko’s introduction was one of many methods Aquaman’s nook of the the DCEU can be explored in Justice League, and whereas Dafoe’s character will nonetheless be seen subsequent 12 months within the Aquaman movie, Jason Momoa revealed that Vulko needed to be faraway from this newest DC blockbuster attributable to time points. Recalling how Vulko match into the film, Momoa mentioned:
There’s a spot the place [Aquaman] goes all the way down to, and it bought reduce out of the film. He is aware of spots the place he can go and he can see these statues, the remnants of [Atlantis]. There’s Vulko–obviously we’ll have far more scenes with Vulko, Willem Dafoe–in [the 2018 standalone] Aquaman. There simply wasn’t sufficient time on this film.
Ah, time constraints. A standard downside that pops up when placing collectively a film, and sadly for Willem Dafoe, he was one of many of us who needed to be excised from Justice League in order that it might hit that two-hour operating time. Maybe Dafoe’s deleted scenes might be included on the Justice League house media launch, however we’ll have to attend greater than a 12 months for Vulko’s official introduction.
Nuidis Vulko has been a mainstay of the Aquaman mythos since 1967, although it was throughout Geoff Johns’ Aquaman run in the course of the New 52 that the character turned extra necessary. As Jason Momoa informed GameSpot, Vulko will stay a key determine in Arthur Curry’s life within the DCEU, and through Justice League, Vulko was meant to function the hero’s main connection to his Atlantean heritage. Momoa continued:
Vulko’s his connection to Atlantis. I believe what Zack [Snyder] and I did, we had been form of making an attempt to ascertain that he was taken down there as a boy, and he was an outcast, he was a half-breed, and he was constructed up as a younger boy, as a result of he was fed all these concepts by Vulko–that he was the rightful king. And he will get down there, and he is a half breed, he is impure, and I am simply made to really feel like I am this illness. So after that, I used to be like, ‘fyou, f you, I am alone.’
Though Vulko is one in every of Aquaman’s largest supporters within the comics, he has additionally take sure actions to assist his king that Arthur Curry would not condone, making him a considerably villainous character. It stays to be seen if Willem Dafoe’s iteration of Vulko will following in these footsteps (particularly given how typically Dafoe performs unhealthy guys), however judging by Jason Momoa‘s feedback, it sounds just like the DCEU’s Vulko thinks simply as extremely concerning the cinematic Aquaman and is decided to see him take the throne, regardless of others within the underwater kingdom believing in any other case.
Justice League is now taking part in in theaters, whereas Aquaman might be launched on December 21, 2018. Take a look at our 2018 premiere guide to see what else comes out subsequent 12 months.