For whatever reason, the snootier subset of cinema enthusiasts tend to look down their noses at the raft of superhero blockbusters that come to multiplexes on an annual basis, as if it’s a bad thing for crowds to enjoy spectacle-driven action designed to put a smile on their face. Admittedly, some of them are vapid and hollow as hell, but others have received just as much critical acclaim as an awards-baiting prestige drama.
It can’t be denied that Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola are two of the most legendary filmmakers to have ever stepped behind a camera, boasting an astonishing back catalogue of all-time classics between them. However, the duo’s repeated comments on comic book adaptations have been dismissed and criticized by countless alumni of the genre, largely because there’s absolutely no harm in populist filmmaking packed with spandex-clad crimefighters.
Jason Momoa has now weighed in with his opinion, and while he admitted that they’re not exactly designed to be high art, he offered a fitting comparison between Hollywood’s superhero obsession and pop music, as well as defending the number of talented artists that work on these projects across every department.
“It’s like how people say that music is poppy and this music is cool. But you know how hard it is just to get your music out there for people to hear? It’s all subjective. I try not to pick on anything. So, yeah, superhero movies are bubble gum, but they’re like Greek mythology: They have good and evil and heartbreaking moments. And, gosh, you’re taking away other art forms if you stop making them. You’re taking away visual effects, you’re taking away what you can do with makeup.”
Having headlined the highest-grossing DC Comics adaptation in history, with sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom currently in production, Momoa knows a thing or two about how to sneak a broader message into an action-packed extravaganza, especially when he’s admitted in the past he was integral to cracking the stories for Arthur Curry’s adventures.
“I’m not someone who gets hired to play in a lot of cinema, but by being able to do a superhero movie, I can make a movie about something I really care about. I have a vision for the whole totality of Aquaman. There are environmental issues that I get to put into it. So while you’re going, ‘Oh yeah, it’s just this popcorn movie’, I’m like, ‘Well, I get to open people’s eyes to things that are important to me’.”
Like Momoa says, it’s entirely subjective, and nobody’s either right or wrong if they like or dislike the comic book genre. However, blasting something that a lot of people love because you don’t care for it isn’t the most mature way to handle the situation.
Jason Momoa proved to be a terrific piece of left-field casting for Aquaman as the actor has successfully reimagined the King of Atlantis for the DCEU. With his Polynesian heritage and rebellious attitude, Momoa’s Arthur Curry is very different from both the comic book character and the typical image of him in popular culture. However, the Dune star has now confirmed that he’ll be sporting a classic signature element of the hero in the upcoming Aquaman 2 AKA Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Momoa took to Instagram this weekend to share a video with his fans in which he reveals that he’s now in London ahead of filming beginning on James Wan’s sequel. In the process, Momoa came clean that he’s about to get his long dark locks dyed blonde for the movie.
“This is the last day of the brown [hair],” Momoa says in the video. “I’m going to be a blonde. Supposedly have more fun. I don’t know about that. We’ll test it out.”
Momoa’s post has caught the attention of a couple of his fellow DC icons. Dwayne “Black Adam” Johnson wished his pal all the best for the shoot. “Have a GREAT shoot brother and give James my love. Have fun!! King of Sea,” he commented. Meanwhile, Shazam himself Zachary Levi added: “Go get it, bruv!!!”
The star has previously sported highlights in his previous appearances as the Justice Leaguer, but by the sounds of it, he’s going completely golden-haired for this film. At the end of Aquaman, Arthur finally got his trident and donned his iconic orange and green suit, so in a way, it adds up that Wan would continue to take Momoa’s character closer to his comic book roots in the sequel. At this rate, he’ll be getting a harpoon for a hand in Aquaman 3.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will see Momoa joined by most of the major players from the first film, including Mera (Amber Heard), Ocean Master (Patrick Wilson) and Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Story details remain under wraps, but new info will hopefully come our way now that production has properly begun. The sequel swims into cinemas on December 22nd, 2022.