Willem Dafoe has opened up about his character Vulko in the DC Extended Universe film, Aquaman. Following the release of Justice League this November, there won’t be another DCEU movie arriving until Aquaman hits theaters in December of next year. The latter will mark the first time that Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, aka. Aquaman, headlines a movie of his own, following his supporting appearances in Justice League and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While Aquaman is still a ways off, production is already well-underway on the movie, under the direction of James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7). Dafoe has since revealed how the movie’s underwater sequences are being filmed, and it sounds like Wan is really pulling out all the stops. Now, Dafoe has revealed a bit more about his character in the DCEU film, offering some details that could be connected to some major plot points in the movie’s actual narrative.
IGN spoke with Dafoe about his role as Vulko in Aquaman, allowing the actor a chance to discuss the character’s heritage and how he will appear in the film:
“Vulko is 100% Atlantean. So that’s different, because [Aquaman] is half-Atlantean and half-human. So they’re quite different and I’m capable of being outside of the water, but mostly it’s underwater. And I’m a guy that’s been around for a while. I have a kind of… let’s call it an armor. It’s a good look, I like it a lot.”
While his Atlantean origin isn’t too shocking, Dafoe does confirm what was suggested by an Aquaman Vulko toy reveal. While Vulko has been known to wear surface world attire in the world of DC Comics, he’s also no stranger to armor. Still, the character is a scientist and not a warrior. Whether that will be changed in the film is unknown, but it looks as if Dafoe will come equipped for battle, either way.
Of course, there’s no telling what side he’ll be on. Given his Atlantean heritage, Vulko will be sworn to help Aquaman. That said, Ocean Master will be taking an evil turn in the film and may sway Vulko to his side. After all, Ocean Master is a full Atlantean like Vulko, and has spent his entirely life protecting his kingdom. Given Dafoe’s talk of being purely Atlantean, it’s safe to assume this point will factor into the film.
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