Justice League has been released, and a lot of fans are loving it, but, it has once again turned out to be a critical failure for the DCEU. Besides that, the film has also been apparently suffering because the DC film managed to make only $94 million over its opening weekend and that is way below the expectations. Therefore, what does Jason Momoa, the star of Aquaman movie feel about this criticism? He is keeping a distance from it all. This is what he said in an interview recently.
“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.”
Although finding out about the negativity might not be helpful for Jason Momoa, Warner Bros. is certainly going to pay great attention to it. As of now, Justice League’s approval rating is a dismal 40% on Rotten Tomatoes (from critics). However, the film has a very decent audience score of 85. This means there is a divide here. However, Justice League was supposed to be a blockbuster. Therefore, something is wrong. Momoa wishes to watch the film again and said that a lot of fans love it besides praising Zack Snyder’s take on Aquaman.
“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.”
It is true that before Justice League came out, Aquaman was subjected to a lot of DC jokes over the last few years. Even the film has that, “I hear you can talk to fish” joke, which refers to the cheesy adaptation of Aquaman that a lot of people recall. Although Justice League has been criticized, a lot of people have appreciated Jason Momoa’s work as Aquaman, and there is a lot more coming up.
“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 Willem 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.”
Aquaman has been successfully introduced in Justice League even if the movie has failed to live up to the expectations of fans and critics in many other ways. The James Wan directed solo Aquaman film which is scheduled to release on December 21 next year will now have a greater deal of pressure to handle in the aftermath of Justice League. Jason Momoa’s remarks to EW clarify that he is not much into what critics say and he will do what he can to make fans happy in the future.