Jason Momoa defends the poor reception to 'Justice League,' 'It could have been two movies'
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Admitting he was "bummed" to hear about "Justice League's" poor reviews, Jason Momoa is staying positive.
Critics didn't love the movie but fan response to Momoa's Arthur Curry seem to be overwhelmingly positive.
“I’ve seen [Justice League] twice,” Momoa tells Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Due to release Dec. 21, 2018, the Aquaman standalone film will help fill in a lot of the gaps we saw in "Justice League." Momoa explains that much of Aquaman's backstory, including some key scenes from a chief alley Nuidis Vulko, played by William Dafoe, were ultimately cut from the final film.
“The challenging part is [the Justice League story] is only about a weekend in Author Curry’s life,” Momoa 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.”