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Justice League casts former Spider-Man baddie Willem Dafoe in mystery role

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 Warner Bros. has snagged another actor from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise for its burgeoning superhero universe, as THR (opens in new tab) reports that Willem Dafoe has signed onto the cast of Justice League (opens in new tab). The former Green Goblin joins fellow webslinger alum JK Simmons, who famously tackled the part of J. Jonah Jameson in Raimi's trilogy and now plays Commissioner Gordon. 

This initial report says that Dafoe is poised to appear in both parts of the superhero team-up flick as one of the "good guys." We just don't know who specifically he's playing yet. Is he a regular joe or another gifted metahuman? With a role spread over both movies it could be any number of iconic characters from the comics. Then again, as Zack Snyder proved in Batman v Superman, that doesn't guarantee safe passage (*sniff* Jimmy Olsen), so Dafoe might be an entirely new creation a la Holly Hunter's Senator Finch. 

Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amber Heard, J.K. Simmons and Willem Dafoe, Justice League: Part 1 is currently scheduled for a November 17, 2017 release.

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Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.