As of this writing, Justice League isn’t doing too hot. While I enjoyed the film quite a bit (and I think it even holds up on second viewings quite well), most critics weren’t fans, and at the end of the day, that had a very negative effect on the box office total for the past weekend.
It made less than $94 million in its opening weekend, and while that would be good for almost every other movie, they were certainly hoping this would pull numbers closer to The Avengers. This obviously can’t be good for morale, and speaking with EW, actor Jason Momoa shared his strategy for coping:
“I try to stay the f**k 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.”
In regards to the actual quality of the movie, you can count him as a fan.
“I’ve seen [Justice League] twice. 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.”
Well, that aspect certainly shows. One part of the film that seems to be universally praised is the portrayal of the heroes themselves. So when all said and done, we don’t think any of the actors should carry the burden of this failure. It’s very clear they all did the best they could with the material they had.
Justice League is out in theaters now!
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