Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom director James Wan recently confirmed the absence of Willem Dafoe’s Vulko from the DC Universe sequel. A new rumor reveals exactly what happened to Atlantis’ royal advisor.
After five long years, Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom is set to take fans back to the world of Atlantis. While plenty of familiar faces like Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry and Patrick Wilson’s Orm are set to return, it seems as though not everyone is, with James Wan revealing Willem Dafoe won’t be returning as Vulko for the sequel. A new rumor by insider MyTimeToShineHello reveals that the DC Universe film originally contained a subplot about a virus that killed the advisor off-screen which has currently been cut:
Given Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom started production before the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no shock that recent drafts of the sequel have scrapped the subplot. While it’s a shame fans won’t be able to see Willem Dafoe return as Vulko in the DC Universe, there’s certainly plenty of under-the-sea fun to be had with the movie being described as a romance between Arthur Curry and Orm.
The future of the DC Universe
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room, and a unified storyline across film, television, animation, and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and Blue Beetle have all been released following the announcement of the new DC Universe, with Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom still slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
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