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Jason Momoa Not Listening to JUSTICE LEAGUE Criticism

Jason Momoa Not Listening to JUSTICE LEAGUE Criticism

Despite tepid critical reception for his film, Justice League, and perhaps somewhat disappointing box office results, star Jason Momoa (who plays Aquaman in the film and is known from Game of Thrones) is happy with how the film looks and is not listening to critics.

In a recent interview with EW Momoa said: “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.”

Momoa plays the enigmatic Arthur Curry, who is really Aquaman, but little is shown about the character’s back story in this installment. This makes sense, at least according to Momoa. “The challenging part is [the Justice League story] is only about a weekend in Author Curry’s life,” he said in the EW interview. “[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.”

Indeed, that movie is in production and will be seen in 2018 starting William Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, and Patrick Wilson, and will be directed by James Wan.

Momoa also talks about how much he likes the film and how hard he worked for it: “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.”

Of course Momoa is going to defend the movie, but I think it is fair to say that critics have been unduly harsh with these films, particularly in comparison to how solicitous they are to Marvel films.

What do you think folks?

About The Author

J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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