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Aquaman Director Shoots Down 'Ridiculous' Villains Rumor

No, Aquaman won't face three villains in his first solo movie. At least, that's what James Wan said.

The director of the upcoming Aquaman told Entertainment Weekly the rumor about an expanded lineup of bad guys is untrue. Fans have figured Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) could potentially face off against Aquaman's half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), and King Nereus (Dolph Lundgren).

"This is what I'll say: I don't have three villains," Wan said. "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."

But it sure seems like there will be at least two threats to Aquaman.

"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," Wan said. "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."

This is good news for anyone worried about Spider-Man 3 overkill.

Meanwhile, Momoa said Aquaman will dive much deeper into the character's backstory than Justice League did. "Justice League was only a weekend in Arthur Curry's life," Momoa said. "This is a totally different beast. In Aquaman, you see when his parents met and what happened to hem. Then the little boy being raised and finding his powers and going through that and never being accepted on either side. And then becoming this man who puts up all these walls. You just slowly see this man harden up and be completely reluctant wanting to be king and not knowing what to do with these powers he has. I think James Wan just killed it."

Aquaman will hit theaters Dec. 21, 2018.