Justice League doesn’t have a lot of defenders right now but one of them has come out of the woodwork and his name is Jason Momoa. Momoa turned to Entertainment Weekly to defend the movie from a bunch of mean old critics.
“I try to stay the f— away from what people say,” the Aquaman actor tells EW. “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.”
Criticism is not a bad thing though. You have no way to improve if you aren’t told where the weaknesses are. One of the reasons Wonder Woman worked as well as it did is because it looked at a lot of the negative criticism of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and made an attempt to be better. Harsh criticism is hard to hear but you don’t improve unless listen. You might not agree with all of it but to just disregard it seems to imply there is no room for improvement when there always is.
“I’ve seen [Justice League] twice,” Momoa says. “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.”
Some fans were unhappy because the movie seems to have cut a lot of Aquaman’s backstory but Momoa believes all of that can be set aside for his solo movie coming out next year.
“The challenging part is [the Justice League story] is only about a weekend in Author Curry’s life,” he says. “[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.”
He’s not wrong but this blatant disregard for anything negative is not how you take mediocre art, learn from it, to make great art. We can hope that some of the people at DC and Warner Bros are listening because the Justice League deserved better than the mediocre movie in theaters now.
Summary: 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.
Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder, stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Henry Cavill. It’s out now.
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