Since making his feature film debut in 1980's Heaven's Gate, Willem Dafoe has found steady work throughout the decades with a healthy mix of big-budget and independent roles. Though for many of us, his most memorable performance was in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2000), playing Norman Osborn, the founder, owner, and CEO of Oscorp who goes through a Jekyll and Hyde-like transformation that turns him into the Green Goblin.
This weekend, at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Dafoe received a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema and during his press conference he was asked if he believed his Spider-Man role gave his career a boost.
"I think Spider-Man helped terrifically in that respect," Dafoe said (via The Playlist). "Y'know, my struggle is I try to make a certain type of a movie and some of those movies don't get distributed widely. And if people don't see you for a while it's hard to follow your career. And as distribution gets kind of less creative the big movie takes all the interest of the people. So when you do a movie that's widely distributed, popular and a good movie and what you do with it is regarded well that has to be good for your career."
As many of you know by now, Dafoe will make his return to the land of comic book movies with Justice League. He's playing Vulko, an Atlantean politician and longtime adviser to Aquaman. He was also asked about that film and its leading lady, Gal Gadot, during the press conference.
"She looks good," he said before chuckling. "I don't want to talk about that. I've got so many movies to talk about. I'll let them orchestrate the publicity on that movie. I'm happy to be a part of it and when it comes out I'll be talking about it ad nausea. I shot part of it and I'll go back and shoot some more. This is a DC Comics Justice League movie. Which is shooting now. Too soon to talk about."
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
The film is being directed by Zack Snyder, based on a screenplay by Chris Terrio. The cast features Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, and Amber Heard as Mera.
Justice League will open in theaters on November 17, 2017.