Critics haven’t been enjoying ‘Justice League’ and Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, is emerging to try and save the film. While the movie may not have suffered the same level of complaints as every other DCEU film prior to ‘Wonder Woman’, it still ended up having the lowest box office opening of any of the franchise’s films. This didn’t bode well for a film that was originally meant to be their version of ‘The Avengers’. While there are many factors that could be brought up on why it has underperformed in the first weekend, Momoa is staying positive.
The way he is doing that? Pretty easy:
“I try to stay the f— away from what people say. Some of my friends said, ‘Justice League isn’t doing well’ and it kind of bummed me out. But I didn’t want to look it up. I don’t want to look up the bad and the negativity. I don’t think that’s useful; it doesn’t help.”
To be fair to Momoa, many of the complaints of the film aren’t leveled at him. Aquaman was finally made into a character which could be fun in a cinematic take, and the parts where he suffered was the cutting of his backstory due to time constraints. His acting and action sequences? All enjoyable. However, just as we’ve seen almost ever DCEU film get a director’s cut which had the movie make more sense, it looks like once again that could be one of the major complaints here.
To address that he stated:
“The challenging part is [the Justice League story] is only about a weekend in Author Curry’s life. [Fans] might be like, ‘Why is he that grumpy? Why’s he hiding up there?’ We had it all planned out. A lot of things got cut. But it’s not my movie. It’s a huge movie introducing three new characters, and for myself and The Flash and Cyborg, there was a lot that was there we just couldn’t get in. It could have been two movies. We had some stuff with William Dafoe. The whole Atlantean part, about me being this reluctant king. There was no need for it because you’re going to see it in Aquaman. It’s not an Aquaman movie, it’s a Justice League movie.”
Honestly, it is true that the film could only run so long, but that doesn’t make the complaint any less valid. I’m sure between a director’s cut and ‘Aquaman’ that we’ll all be satisfied with how the DCEU is bringing Curry to the big screen but how many of these delays in giving us a full story is going to be too many cases of the same problem for even the most diehard of fans?
As to how we know Momoa has enjoyed it?
“I’ve seen [Justice League] twice. I loved it the second time even more. I’m actually going to watch it again with my kids and my godchild. I’m going to see it with the perfect crowd of people — a regular crowd instead of at a premiere. So I’m excited. You can’t get into the whole ‘why this, why that.’ I went to [Wizard World Austin fan convention] this weekend and got great praise. Now obviously, that’s a positive place, and I’m not only interested in the positive. But if people love what we did with Aquaman, it’s all [director Zack Snyder] — it’s his brainchild. He came in with, ‘I’m going to make Aquaman a badass and I’m going to change stuff, and change the myths about this guy.’ And I busted my ass.”
We’re all so glad that the changes were made!
Did you enjoy Momoa’s performance in ‘Justice League’? Do you feel that the DCEU once again dropped the ball on putting out a fully cohesive film or was it enjoyable enough for you to overlook any issues? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly