Nuidis Vulko. A literal tease when it comes to his “time” spent in the DC Extended Universe, or lack thereof. Willem Dafoe’s Vulko was originally meant to make his debut in last year’s Justice League. Perhaps this could have been a tease to his character or set up his later appearance in Aquaman, but like so many things in Justice League prior to executive forces stepping in, Vulko was ultimately cut from the film. So it remains to be seen how, like Mera, his appearance in Justice League would have set up what we would see in James Wan’s Aquaman.
However, with the actual Aquaman film set to hit theaters in about two months, we will finally get to see Willem Dafoe’s Vulko make his grand debut in the DC Extended Universe when the film makes a splash in December. And don’t expect me to stop with these water-related puns anytime soon. And in a recent interview with Total Film, director James Wan discussed the role that Vulko will play as an adviser to King Orm and teacher figure to Arthur Curry. Not just that, but this being a very visual effects-heavy film, Wan discussed the production:
“He’s an advisor to King Orm, and he’s also a mentor to Aquaman. You could look at a monitor that was filming in a greenscreen room, with all these elements covered with green fabric and all these reference points, and then you could go to the monitor and see the completed set, but in a rendering that was laid over the live scene. So that was sometimes very helpful. So when you’re on this big object that’s moving around on the gimbal that’s supposed to be a shark – you could actually go to the monitor and see the size of the shark you’re on.”
And indeed, we did recently see an image of Vulko from the Aquaman film, so it’s not surprising, given this film taking place underwater, how effects-heavy his scenes could be, but it’s also worth noting how Vulko’s role in the film will play out, with him serving as a mentor to Arthur.
Are you looking forward to finally seeing Willem Dafoe as Vulko in Aquaman? And would you like to have seen him in Justice League? Let us know in the comments below.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman.
The film will swim into theaters on December 21, 2018.