About a month ago, we reported that Willem Dafoe would be joining DC’s fledgling movie universe in the upcoming Justice League. Who would he be playing? How much would he be involved in the picture? We didn’t know! And we still don’t, in fact, but now we at least know in what context he’ll be showing up.
Willem Dafoe will be playing an atlantean according to Birth.Movies.Death. Which atlantean, his sources wouldn’t say (though, per the earlier report, we know Dafoe will be playing a ‘good guy’), but either way, Mr. Dafoe will need to start practicing holding his breath.
Or, perhaps not. The other bit of info from the report is that Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder are rethinking their approach to the underwater sequences involved in Justice League. You may remember in Batman v Superman that Jason Momoa was very clearly (and awkwardly) holding his breath in the Aquaman cameo, and it’d be fantstically silly to have that going for a full movie. Sadly, we won’t be getting a two-hour feature of puffy-cheeked Jason Momoa floating around in a water tank. Instead, they’ve developed a spiffy new rig in which the actor is suspended on a mechanical arm in front of a green screen while a camera on a second arm is programmed to move in sync with the actor’s movements. That’s silly too, but it’ll probably end up looking much better when the film is finished.
Beyond the underwater stuff, Birth.Movies.Death. is reporting that the majority of Justice League will be using the same background replacement technology that Snyder used to give 300 it’s distinctive, hyper-stylized look. Whether or not that’s a good thing, I’ll let you decide.
So what do you think? Any guesses on who Willem Dafoe might be playing? I must admit, I’m not terribly familiar with the atlantean corner of the DC universe, so your guess is probably better than mine!
Justice League – Part 1 hits theaters in November of 2017. We’ll presumably find out which fish man Willem Dafoe is playing sometime before then.