Justice League spoilers follow.
With a runtime coming in at approximately the two-hour mark, Justice League was bound to have left plenty cast aside on the cutting room floor. Interestingly, scenes from the League’s debut film weren’t all that was left out of the theatrical release. Whole characters were excised as well. One such character is Arthur Curry/Aquaman’s right-hand man, Nuidis Vulko.
Talking to GameSpot, Momoa offered a brief explanation as to why the character ultimately received the axe:
“There’s a place where [Aquaman] goes down to, and it got cut out of the movie. He knows spots where he can go and he can see these statues, the remnants of [Atlantis]. There’s Vulko–obviously we’ll have way more scenes with Vulko, Willem Dafoe–in Aquaman. There just wasn’t enough time in this movie.”
Based on Momoa’s description, it seems as though Vulko’s introduction in Justice League would have occurred prior to Aquaman’s joining the League. The character’s official debut, then, will have to wait until Aquaman’s December 2018 release, where he’ll feature in a prominent role. To tease Vulko’s eventual arrival to Warner Bros.’ DC slate, the Aquaman actor revealed the following:
“[Vulko is Aquaman’s] connection to Atlantis,” Momoa continued. “I think what Zack [Snyder] and I did, we were kind of trying to establish that he was taken down there as a boy, and he was an outcast, he was a half-breed, and he was built up as a young boy, because he was fed all these ideas by Vulko–that he was the rightful king. And he gets down there, and he’s a half breed, he’s impure, and I’m just made to feel like I’m this disease. So after that, I was like, ‘f*** you, f*** you, I’m on my own.'”
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