Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been in theaters for two weeks, and while the movie has done decently financially, overall it’s been a critical letdown. The second installment of the DC Extended Universe has earned polarizing reactions from both fans and critics, with criticism being at elements like it being too dark or too overstuffed. However, for Jason Momoa, who cameoed as Aquaman, he doesn’t understand understand why there’s so much backlash and instead looking to the future of this franchise.
Speaking about is soon-to-be-expanded role as DC’s half-Atlantean powerhouse, Momoa mentioned to ET Online that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s negative reception isn’t bothering him, but he’s looking forward to Justice League: Part One, which begins production next week. The actor said:
There's been some things here and there, but I'm stoked. There's a lot of support from fans. There's a big beautiful world. There's a lot -- a lot -- of stuff. I feel really privileged to know that there's a lot of big, beautiful stuff that's going to happen. I'm excited too, for people to see the final product. And now it's our turn -- it's Justice League time! I've been waiting for four years that I've known about it that I've had to keep my mouth shut. I'm super pumped to shoot it! Some people liked it, some people didn't, it is what it is. I don't get it, but I don't really listen to what anyone says… You can't win 'em all. And I had a ball. I loved it.
This is the latest opportunity Jason Momoa has taken to speak up on behalf of his DCEU debut. He’s posted several memes on his Instagram account defending Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he also posed with Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg, to voice their support. Rather than let the critics get him down, Momoa is choosing to empower himself with the fan support that the movie has received. As for Justice League: Part One, Momoa also hasn’t been shy about expressing his excitement for that flick either, taking a behind-the-scenes picture with director Zack Snyder in one of the workshops back in February.
Warning: spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are ahead!
After months of rumors and Jason Momoa playing coy during interviews, the former Game of Thrones star was confirmed to play Aquaman in the DCEU back in October 2014. Following his Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cameo (which was security footage of him destroying an underwater camera with his trident and swimming away at supersonic speed), the character will appear in both Justice League movies and lead his own 2018 solo adventure, which is being directed by James Wan and co-stars Amber Heard as Mera.
Jason Momoa’s Aquaman will swim fully into action when Justice League: Part One is released on November 17, 2017, and Aquaman arrives on July 27, 2018.