“Aquaman” To Change Up Nereus Backstory?

Even though filming wrapped months ago, there’s still nearly a year to go before James Wan’s “Aquaman” hits cinemas. Recently a rumor about the first trailer was shot down by Wan, and another has risen up – albeit this one tied to one of the project’s cast members.

In a new interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal (via Aquaman Shrine), actor Dolph Lundgren briefly spoke about his role of King Nereus in the film and seemingly let slip that the film includes a BIG change of one element of the comic’s canon. Lundgren says:

“It is good to be king. Basically, I try to keep the peace down there along with Amber Heard, who plays my daughter. She’s trying to convince me to join the right side. Then you have Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother. We’re trying to avoid war between the surface dwells and the people of Atlantis.”

In the comics, Nereus was part of an exiled group of Atlanteans known as the Xebels, and was the head of their military faction. As tradition dictated, he was set to marry the king’s royal daughter Mera after her father had passed. Mera, of course, fell for Aquaman/Arthur Curry after being sent on a mission to kill him, leading Nereus to plan a coup to take the throne of Atlantis with the help of Orm the Ocean Master.

That’s a very different take from what Lundgren describes, Nereus no longer being Mera’s betrothed but her father. Patrick Wilson’s Orm is said to the film’s main antagonist so it could well be that some of the original comic’s Nereus storyline is incorporated into his character. Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafore, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen also star in the film which opens in December.