James Wan is ready to debunk an online rumor about the villain character lineup for his stand alone Aquaman movie.
Fans thought the film could have a total of three villains – Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s half-brother Orm aka Ocean Master, Abdul-Mateen as Black Manta, and Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus. But Wan says that is way off.
This is what I’ll say: I don’t have three villains. I think that’s ridiculous! I would never go into an origin movie with three villains. We don’t even know the main character let alone the world and its antagonist. I believe in taking baby steps.
I want to introduce Arthur Curry in a much more emotional and powerful way, and introduce Mera, played by Amber Heard, and of course there’s Nicole Kidman and Temuera Morrison playing his parents. We know Black Manta is in there, but I will say this: Patrick Wilson is the main antagonist in this film. I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘villain,’ but he’s the antagonist.
Previously, Momoa said to expect to see a tale that spans details Curry’s difficult childhood as a half-human, half-Atlantean to eventually becoming king.
Justice League was only a weekend in Arthur Curry’s life. This is a totally different beast. In Aquaman, you see when his parents met and what happened to them. Then the little boy being raised and finding his powers and going through that and never being accepted on either side. And then becoming this man who puts up all these walls. You just slowly see this man harden up and be completely reluctant wanting to be king and not knowing what to do with these powers he has. I think James Wan just killed it.
Aquaman is slated for release Dec. 21, 2018.