The critics have not been kind to “Justice League”, which opened to a disappointing box office and even more disappointing reviews, with critics panning the superhero flick with such descriptives as “an embarrassment beyond saving” and “a collection of missed opportunities and flubbed ideas.”
But if you ask star Jason “Aquaman” Momoa about the scathing critical response, be prepared for an explosion of positivity and enthusiasm from a guy who doesn’t care what the critics think.
“I try to stay the f**k away from what people say,” Momoa tells Entertainment Weekly. “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 only critic who matters is him — and he thinks the movie is great.
“I’ve seen [‘Justice League’] twice,” he declares. “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.”
As EW notes, some fans weren’t thrilled that scenes exploring Aquaman’s backstory were cut from the final version, including Willem Dafoe’s performance as “a key supporting Atlantean character, Nuidis Vulko.” Momoa, however, offers an explanation.
“The challenging part is [the ‘Justice League’ story] is only about a weekend in Arthur 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.”