It goes without saying that the DC Extended Universe is pretty much in shambles right now and things went from bad to worse after it was announced earlier this year that the franchise is being rebooted completely.
Over 10 years after it was first launched, the DCEU, as we know it is coming to an end, and the final project that will conclude the franchise for good is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Speaking of the sequel to the billion-dollar film series, Aquaman 2 also fell victim to several setbacks that were caused by the pandemic as well as the changing of the guard behind the scenes. Turns out, the film we'll get in December is a far cry from what it once was and reports have indicated that the sequel underwent massive changes over the course of its production.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom: Willem Dafoe Reportedly Removed from Sequel
According to X (formerly Twitter) scooper MyTimeToShineHello, Willem Dafoe, who played Arthur Curry's Atlantean mentor Vulko won't be part of the sequel. The tipster claims that the original draft of the film featured a subplot where Atlantis was plagued with a virus and Vulko was one of the casualties.
Interestingly, the rumor also added that the most recent cut of the film removed any mention of the said subplot as well as the character. As it stands, it's still best to take this one with a huge grain of salt although prior to this, reports have stated that Dafoe wasn't involved in Aquaman 2 due to scheduling conflicts.
Now, whether or not Vulko is actually alive doesn't really matter as the film isn't guaranteed to get its potential threequel with the DC Universe reboot just around the corner.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom hits cinemas on December 20.