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Willem Defoe was recently a guest on Variety’s podcast, Playback. The discussion was intended to be centered around The Florida Project, but it diverged in a way that allowed Defoe to talk about his experience working on comic book movies with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and the upcoming Aquaman film, directed by James Wan. Here’s what the actor said:

“James Wan and Sam Raimi are both personal filmmakers. They really have a strong personal stamp. They both have a good sense of play. They come from the handmade world and they come from the horror world, and the beautiful thing about horror movies is the film language is very rich, because you can get away with it. There’s a fantastical quality but you can also make a popular movie because it’s a very accessible genre.”

It’s interesting that Defoe notes the horror background of both directors. The genre hasn’t had much of a place within superhero films, but that trend could be flipped a bit with Aquaman. Although the movie shouldn’t be a full-blown horror movie, there is potential to sprinkle some elements from the genre into the film.

Aquaman hits theaters on December 21, 2018. Are you looking forward to it? Sound off in the comments below.

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