We were originally teased that Willem Dafoe‘s take on Nuidis Vulko was going to be introduced in ‘Justice League‘ prior to the 2018 release of ‘Aquaman‘ but the star never surfaced. We’ve already heard from Jason Momoa and others that scenes were cut from the film and now the future ruler of Atlantis shares a bit of why things changed. As we were getting origins for half of the main cast we were also supposed to initially meet some of their supporting characters but much like Kiersey Clemons’ Iris West, Dafoe’s screen time was cut. It is unclear how much screen time Clemons was going to have but apparently, Dafoe was initially going to be featured quite a bit in the Arthur Curry scenes.
The main culprit that caused these shots to be cut was the runtime as Momoa explains:
“There’s a place where [Aquaman] goes down to, and it got cut out of the movie. He knows spots where he can go and he can see these statues, the remnants of [Atlantis]. There’s Vulko–obviously we’ll have way more scenes with Vulko, Willem Dafoe–in Aquaman. There just wasn’t enough time in this movie.”
While we don’t get to see Atlantis in detail as one would have hoped, cutting Dafoe also meant cutting how poorly received Aquaman is by his own peopl0:
“Vulko’s his connection to Atlantis. I think what Zack [Snyder] and I did, we were kind of trying to establish that he was taken down there as a boy, and he was an outcast, he was a half-breed, and he was built up as a young boy, because he was fed all these ideas by Vulko — that he was the rightful king. And he gets down there, and he’s a half breed, he’s impure, and I’m just made to feel like I’m this disease. So after that, I was like, ‘fuck you, fuck you, I’m on my own.’”
While adding the scenes would have really fleshed out Momoa’s character perhaps they’ll end up being included in the director’s cut. You know, the version that every DCEU film has needed outside of ‘Wonder Woman’ so far to really understand what was going on and feel that you’ve seen a complete movie.
At least we’re only just over a year until ‘Aquaman’ graces the big screen and hopefully, we’ll be getting more of an insight into who he is and how he is a man of two worlds but shunned by both.
Are you annoyed that ‘Justice League’ cut Dafoe’s character from the film? Do you think that this hurt the audience’s enjoyment of Aquaman or lowered their expectations of the character by not including his backstory? Share your thoughts below!
‘Aquaman’ is set to emerge in your local theaters on December 21st, 2018!
Source: Game Spot