Willem DaFoe who’s playing Nuidis Vulko in Justice League and Aquaman, spoke with The Guardian for his upcoming film Dog Eat Dog, co-starring Nicolas Cage and went on about his excitement in joining the DC Extended Universe and how the Superhero genre has changed since he played Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.
ON COMPLETING JUSTICE LEAGUE
Were you just in Iceland?
Yep. It was a good adventure, because we were filming just east of the western fjords (2). Beautiful, pure landscape. We had to make a little camp with our set trailers and work out of that. It was really nice.
HIS EXCITEMENT FOR HIS ROLE IN THE DC EXTENDED UNIVERSE
As much as you enjoy working on personal films by strong directors, you’re also making Justice League, which is presumably the opposite of that.
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.
ON HOW THE GENRE HAS CHANGED
You were present at the very start of the superhero renaissance, with Spider-Man. That had a strong director.
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. Zac 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.
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