Willem Dafoe, who formerly played the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, is making a comeback to the realm of superheroes as the Atlantean scientist Nuidis Vulko in both Justice League and Aquaman. He noted that James Wan’s direction on the latter reminds him a lot of the direction he received under Raimi over a decade ago.
Collider spoke to Willem Dafoe ahead of the release of his recent movie Death Note about his role in Aquaman. Dafoe noted that he’s incredibly happy to work with Wan and that he’s looking forward to wrapping up the movie:
“I think I may have even signed on before James Wan was on board, but he’s great. I agree, his enthusiasm is fantastic. In fact, his enthusiasm reminds me, very much, of Sam Raimi’s enthusiasm, to make a connection there. When I made Spider-Man with Sam Raimi, one of the most impressive things was that it didn’t feel like an industry film. It felt like a personal film. It felt like Sam Raimi was getting to fulfill a fantasy of his. He was so connected to that Spider-Man mythology that he really infused it with great love and great playfulness, and I love that. James Wan is very similar. The other thing about James Wan that’s so impressive, and I think you can see it in his movies, is that he’s very precise. He really knows exactly what he wants, which is particularly a great asset when you’re making a movie that’s so technologically complicated. He can be very clear, and it’s fun to play the game of having him give you an ask and trying to satisfy that ask. He gives you some things to play with and a good story. I’m on a little break right now, but I go back to Australia tonight (August 18th) to finish the movie, and I’ll work for another month.”
As it stands, Aquaman is looking to be the breakout character of Justice League, and since the movie will serve as a gateway for the character’s mythology, it will likely amp up excitement for the project. Hopefully, Willem Dafoe brought his A-game for Justice League before we get a closer look at Vulko in Aquaman.
Aquaman will make a splash on December 21, 2018. Its cast includes Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Patrick Wilson as Prince Orm Marius (Ocean Master), and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.