Willem Dafoe is joining his Spider-Man co-star, J.K. Simmons, in director Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dafoe has been cast as one of the “good guys” in the superhero ensemble movie. It’s a bit of a departure for the actor, who’s used to playing villains: Dafoe played Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in all three of director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.
Although details of his character are being kept under wraps by the studio, THR reports that Dafoe’s character will appear in both parts of the Justice League movies. There’s also no mention of Dafoe playing a superhero, so who he is at this point is anyone's guess. He could either be playing a well-established DC Comics character or a brand-new one.
Production on the Warner Bros. comic-book movie started last week and will see the return of Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. J.K. Simmons — who starred as Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man — will play Gotham City's Commissioner Gordon.
This isn’t the first time we see some sort of “cross-pollination” between DC and Marvel movies. Former Batman Michael Keaton is currently in talks to star as the villain in Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, while Ben Affleck played the Man Without Fear in 2003’s Daredevil before starring as the Caped Crusader in this year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Penned by Chris Terrio (Batman v Superman), Justice League Part One will open in theaters on Nov. 17, 2017.
Any theories as to which character Willem Dafoe could be playing in Justice League? Are you excited about the actor joining the cast?