“Aquaman” director James Wan has shot down reports that the DC Comics inspired film will try to juggle equal time for three separate villains in Jason Momoa’s underwater hero to vanquish.
Three of Aquaman’s antagonists from the comics are confirmed to be in the film with Patrick Wilson playing Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, and Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus. All could potentially function as antagonists.
However Wan was asked by EW how many proper villains the movie will contain, and as he explains it there’s really only one:
“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.”
Production on the film wrapped in Australia a while back with a Christmas 2018 release targeted. It will be the sole DC Comics-inspired film hitting next year.