Willem Dafoe left a memorable impact on the superhero movie genre in 2002 when he portrayed Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin, in the first Spider-Man movie, but now he's made the jump from Marvel to DC to play Nudis Vulko in the DC Extended Universe. Dafoe's Vulko will debut later this year in Justice League, and over the last few months, the actor has been reprising the Atlantean advisor in Aquaman under the direction of James Wan. Spider-Man and Aquaman are two very different kinds of superhero movies, but Dafoe has noticed during his time on the latter that Wan has been able to make the movie feel very personal, just like Sam Raimi was able to do with Spider-Man. Dafoe explained:
Aquaman has been filming in Australia since May, and as Willem Dafoe made clear to Collider in the above comment, he's had a blast working with James Wan. Dafoe isn't the first actor to make the jump from one comic book movie universe to another, and he's fortunate that he's had such a great time participating in a DC production as he did while on a Marvel one. But Dafoe's praise for Wan didn't end with the comparisons to Sam Raimi on Spider-Man. He continued:
Rather than antagonize Aquaman like he did as Norman Osborn in Spider-Man, Willem Dafoe will instead contribute to the King of the Seven Seas' solo movie as an ally (though that may be subject to change, depending on how much they take from Vulko's history from the comics). Dafoe is certainly on the money when he says that Aquaman is technologically complicated, but with James Wan leading the charge, the process of making a superhero blockbuster has been a fun experience for him rather than a frustrating one, just like Spider-Man was all those years ago.
Aquaman swims into theaters on December 21, 2018, but you can meet Willem Dafoe's Vulko when Justice League is released on November 17.
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