Ever since it was first announced that Willem Dafoe would appear in Justice League, we all assumed it would be one of those introductory roles that will pay off further down the road. With the actor out promoting his role in the upcoming Dog Eat Dog, not to mention the fact that we're actually now less than a year away from seeing Justice League, Dafoe has confirmed what we assumed all along.
In a new interview with The Guardian, Willem spoke about his role as Vulko and how he exists in the Justice League mainly to introduce the character for an expanded role in Aquaman. When asked about his participation in the DCEU, Dafoe said, "Well, Justice League is very particular because it’s an ensemble movie and my character is being introduced here in order to be a principal role in Aquaman. These films are a different experience. They have different responsibilities, different resources and different intentions. It’s nice to go between those worlds if you can. They serve different impulses."
He also put some minds at ease over DC trying to blow up the formula and start all over again. When asked about his work on Spider-Man with a "strong director" like Sam Raimi, here's what he had to say... "And that was interesting because, as big as that film was, Sam Raimi didn’t have a formula. And I think with Justice League I think they’re trying to play around with the formula. Zack Snyder certainly has a heavy stamp on it. But Spider-Man was a very personal film to Sam. He really believed in the story. It was dear to him. It was fun to see a big studio film like that be so personal. I mean, nothing’s perfect, but it’s a good film."
What he's trying to say is, look, Justice League will attempt something new, but at the end of the day, it's a Zack Snyder movie. Gauge your expectations accordingly.