Jason Momoa is one of the leading heroes in the DCEU as the future for Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill looks shaky at best in the franchise. While being part of three successful DC movies so far, the actor stood up to the criticism of superhero movies by industry’s veterans.
Both actor/director Matt Damon and Michael Scorsese are industry’s key figures criticizing superhero movies and franchises like Marvel and DC for being extremely cookie-cutter and not being “real cinema.”
Momoa was in an interview with the New York Times when he let out his views on superhero movies, and how he thinks they provide real value to the people by moving their hearts.
It’s like how people say that music is poppy and this music 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. 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.“
As Jason Momoa is currently busy with the shooting of Aquaman 2, he holds a fairly permanent position in the DCEU. As both DCEU and MCU are turning out to be extremely successful, and even Sony is stepping into the game, the trend of superhero franchises is not going to slow down anytime soon.[Via]