If you’re going into Aquaman expecting to see Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry battling three villains in Patrick Wilson’s Orm (a.k.a. Ocean Master), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta, and Dolph Lundgren’s King Nereus, then think again as director James Wan has told Entertainment Weekly it’s “ridiculous” to cram so many bad guys into an origin movie.
“This is what I’ll say: I don’t have three villains,” said Wan. “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.”
In addition to the three characters mentioned above, a rumour back in May also suggested that Aquaman could find himself going up against The Trench, a race of carnivorous monsters introduced in The New 52. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen…
Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Ludi Lin as Murk, Michael Beach as Jesse Kane, Otis Dhanji as a young Arthur Curry and Graham McTavish in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on December 21st 2018.