Justice League opened up last weekend to lots of negative reviews as well as a poor opening weekend. Most people would think of this as a downer for the people involved with the film, but Aquaman actor Jason Momoa is defending the poor reviews and is choosing to look at the positives.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jason Momoa was asked to comment on the negativity surrounding the film. He’s choosing to stay away from it.
“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.”
As far as Momoa is concerned, the film is great, and he loved what director Zack Snyder did with the character.
“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.”
A hot topic of debate that arose around the film was the amount of scenes cut from the film due to the studio mandated short runtime. Scenes that went into depth on Aquaman’s backstory were cut, including William Dafoe’s character Nuidis Vulko. Momoa doesn’t think this was an issue though.
“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.”
Despite all the negative press around Justice League, Aquaman was a fan favorite for many, so there is high anticipation for his solo film next year.
Source – Entertainment Weekly
Justice League is in theaters now.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Amy Adams.