– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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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  • Kronx

    He carried one of my favorite scenes, Arthur sitting on the Lasso.

  • TheOct8pus

    Can’t help but feel bad for all the actors and crew in this film. They obviously worked very hard, but somewhere along the line (probably very early on – like during the script writing) something went wrong. Most likely after the negative press from BvS they tried to do everything to make it better, but they missed the mark….

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I missed you more than Zach Snyder missed the mark
      When he made Man of Steel
      I missed you more than that movie missed the point,
      And that’s an awful lot, girl, and
      Now, now you’ve gone away… and all I’m trying to say, is
      Batman vs Superman sucked, and I miss you

      I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school (school school).
      He was terrible in that film.
      I need you like Jeremy Irons needed a bigger part (part part).
      He’s way better than Ben Affleck.
      And now, all I can think about is your smile, and that shitty movie, too.
      Justice League sucked, and I miss you

      Why does Zach Snyder get to keep on making movies?
      I guess Justice League sucked…
      Just a little bit more than I miss you

      • Victor Roa

        these songs are too much fun

    • Nattown

      I think sometimes actors are to blame by accepting certain things. He knew Aquaman was going to suck in this movie by this alleged ‘vision’ Zack had of him and he took it.

      • TheOct8pus

        As an up and coming actor it’s hard to say no to this type of movie- huge budget, huge audience, big paycheck. The only really big name in this movie with a substantial role is Affleck. Everyone else is just trying to make it to that level.

        • Nattown

          I can’t disagree on what you’ve said because I don’t have the experience to do so but as a novice screenwriter I turn down ideas or requests when I know that I don’t have what it takes – be it experience in a specific topic or whatever – to make it great. There’s no way he thought this movie was going to perform well based not only off the last three flicks before him but also his character which he had to have read or been told about prior. The Flash kid had to have watched enough movies to know his character wouldn’t stand out. Affleck, Gadot and Cavill are exempt from this because I believe they do a great job at their characters and part of that is because they know they would.

    • Victor Roa

      that’s how important editing is, In animation it’s so important because sometimes the translation from Korean on the story board could be slightly off and then all the sudden the monster is walking all funny. Go into digital editing, add a few more lines and sound effects and you saved it a week before airing on television.

  • Victor Roa

    that’s optimistic enough, and it’s still a struggling actor trying to break it into Hollywood story. His solo film will do much much much much much much better.

    • oh_riginal

      I hope so. The movie isn’t going to make my own personal top 10 of the year or anything, but I enjoyed it enough, and that is mostly because of the cast. Momoa was definitely a highlight for me, and I can honestly say I never thought I’d appreciate Aquaman as a character in a live action film.

  • Ryan Johnson

    The actors did their part. They were let down by a wack script, director, effects. This has to be one of the ugliest looking comic book movies ever made.

    • Victor Roa

      “stand on this mark and we will make you fight a massive neon spider tank.” There was a worry I had like 3 years ago that we only saw like costume shots, the leaked footage or Instagram photos focus a lot on costumes. It made no sense a underwater guy has battle armor instead of maybe holding onto a great white shark. And what’s weird is these designs were made to be filmed a certain way, and then they recolored it to the point where it looks even weirder….. I honestly do wonder about Momoa’s build compared to Olympic swimmer, but I’d be happier to see him fight giant laser crabs that’s where he got those muscles.

  • Games

    It had a worldwide opening of $279 million, the 24th best of all time.

    • Aaron James

      Way to focus on the positive!

      (It’s still likely to lose money and be considered a flop and a disaster for WB.)

    • Victor Roa

      that is true, and yes that’s the insanity of fallowing numbers and the logic behind this.

  • Food4Thought

    Should’ve gone to marvel

  • Momitchell

    We thoroughly enjoyed JL… a lot of fun and I thought the story worked out, just fine. Like most have said, I couldn’t believe how bad the CGI (face) effects of Steppenwolf were, but overlooking that minor aspect, this movie was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to seeing it again (in the theater)!

  • syambo87

    I liked Justice League… its not perfect but it was enjoyable… and definitely worth watching again… although do wish they changed certain things… mainly the CGI moustache… if they could reshoot… i’d have something less to hate about the movie.. overall it was nice…

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.