Aquaman's James Wan nixes three villain report, calls Ocean Master the 'main antagonist'

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Dec 14, 2017, 3:43 PM EST

Anyone thinking Aquaman's taking on multiple bad guys in his first standalone film can put a cork in it. Ever since Warner Bros. confirmed a trio of comic book characters will appear in the movie - Patrick Wilson as Aquaman's archenemy half-brother Orm, aka Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen as Manta – fans have been speculating that all three could pose a dire threat to Jason Mamoa's marine-loving hero.

However in a new interview, Aquaman helmer James Wan didn't need telepathy to let it be known that such talk is off the deep end.

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

Instead, the Furious 7 filmmaker hinted that he'll be using the screen time to give audiences a more complex portrait of the DC superhero than they're used to seeing.

"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 added. "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."

As for whether Aquaman will be utilizing any of those infamous "air bubbles" that popped up in Justice League as he and Mera conversed under the sea, the director  made it clear recently on Twitter what he thinks about such tricks!

Aquaman, which recently wrapped filming, is slated to hit theaters on Dec. 21, 2018.