Dolph Lundgren Is Announced as New 'Aquaman' Villain

Thursday, 13 April 2017 - 10:55AM
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Thursday, 13 April 2017 - 10:55AM
Dolph Lundgren Is Announced as New 'Aquaman' Villain
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You can say whatever you want about DC's superhero universe, but it's hard to argue that their casting isn't completely on point. Adding to the already stellar list of actors who are appearing in the studios' various movies, Aquaman director James Wan has announced that none other than Ivan Drago himself, Dolph Lundgren, will be appearing in a villainous role in the upcoming movie.

There's no word yet on whether Jason Momoa will face off against Lundgren in an underwater Rocky-style boxing match, but if it doesn't happen, it's probably the biggest missed opportunity in superhero cinema since Hugh Jackman announced he wouldn't team up with Ryan Reynolds for a Deadpool-Wolverine crossover. 

Lundgren will be playing King Nereus, a leader of a rival deep-sea kingdom who challenges not only Momoa's royal status, but who also forms part of a love triangle with Amber Heard's Mera. This won't be a gushy romance, though, as Nereus believes he has a legitimate claim to Mera's hand in marriage for political reasons, so expect a Game of Thrones-style situation, but with more seaweed.

Lundgren isn't the only villain that'll be appearing in the movie, though. We'll also be seeing Yahya Abdul-Mateen as Black Manta and Patrick Wilson as the Ocean Master, suggesting that DC is really taking the kitchen-sink approach with this movie by including as many noteworthy characters as possible.



This makes sense when taken in the context of recent remarks from Dwayne Johnson, who stated that with Aquaman, DC is focusing on "worldbuilding" in order to create a full, believable cinematic universe. This will be fine as long as the movie doesn't end up rushed—films that have tried to do too much of this worldbuilding in a short space of time (like Amazing Spider-Man) end up feeling overstuffed and bloated, and it's always to the detriment of the final movie. While James Wan certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt at this stage, the director will have to work hard to justify all these villains floating around in Aquaman's undersea plot.
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