There have been a lot of rumors about the future of the DC Universe on the big screen. To say that the franchise, overall, has had a few missteps might be a bit of an understatement. Things haven’t gotten any better in the lead up to Aquaman with reports that both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, who play Superman and Batman respectively, are looking to move on from the franchise. No one is really confirming much of anything at this point and it seems that even one of their co-stars doesn’t know exactly what’s going on. The Huffington Post got the chance to speak to Aquaman star Jason Momoa and asked him about the reports that his Justice League co-stars wanted out. While Momoa couldn’t confirm or deny anything he did understand why they might want out.
“If they’re both out, then listen: It’s just the place they’re at in their careers. I mean, how many has Henry done? He’s done three?” Momoa said. “Yeah, I mean, like, you want to move on. I think if I did… shit, I have done three.”
That’s in no way a confirmation but it’s good to hear that Momoa understands why his colleagues might want to move on. Momoa cites expanding one’s career or age as possibilities for why they might want out.
“I mean, Henry wants to just expand on something,” he said. “Ben is an amazing director that is of age, and probably he’s done enough. I don’t know how to speak on behalf of them, but I had the time of my life [on ‘Justice League’].”
Momoa had nothing but nice things to say about his two co-stars that he might not get a chance to work with again. He spoke about how Cavill would remind him that kids are going to be watching him now and he’d have to behave a little differently.
“Henry is the gentlemen who taught me when I came on not knowing anything. I’m like the ruffian hooligan, and he’s just like, ‘There’s kids watching,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah. My bad.’ He is totally 100 percent the Superman for me.”
As for Affleck, it’s clear that Momoa has a lot of respect for Affleck not just as an actor but a director as well.
“Ben is just a phenomenal director. I just love picking his brain because he’s what I want to be as a director. I love filmmaking and that process, and I enjoyed Ben’s company because when I see him in pain, putting that cowl on, he’s in pain. That makes me happy, and a joy to get through. We all have to put these suits on and get through grueling times. When he’s in pain, and I can see it happening, it just tickles my heart.”
There is a good chance that Warner Bros. and DC won’t confirm Affleck or Cavill leaving for some time but it’s nice to hear that they have support from one of their co-stars if they do decide to leave. It’s clear the DC Universe is heading in a new direction and maybe that direction doesn’t have to include Batman and Superman.
Summary: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.
Aquaman is directed by James Wan, stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, and will hit theaters on Decem