When actors/producers go out to promote a movie, or course they are going to say positive things. No one is going to go on Conan and say that they really wish the movie turned out better than it did. If a movie is good, of course they are going to brag about it. If they know the movie didn’t turn our so well, then they have a studio obligation to still do an appearance and promote the movie. I watched Ryan Reynolds praise Green Lantern on late night shows, and in the same vein Josh Trank went to Comic-Con and talked about Fantastic Four (which is a great example because the night the reviews came out he tweeted that the he knew the movie was bad).
Actors praising an upcoming film they are in is nothing new. What is to be taken notice of is when everyone involved keep harping on the same themes. In the case of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, everyone seems to be in one accord with the direction the film (and subsequent DC Movie Universe) is taking. In short: this ain’t yo mamma’s comic book film.
Though his role is going to be small, Aquaman (as played by Jason Momoa) will be in Batman v Superman. All we have seen is the promotional image tweeted by Zack Snyder and that image tells us everything we need to know about this Aquaman–he is not to be messed with. Speaking at a fan event (via Empire), Momoa spoke to the fact that Aquaman has usually been the laughing stock of the superhero community. We’ve all seen Robot Chicken and Family Guy make fun of the superhero who can “talk to fish.” Momoa is aware of the stigma, and spoke to how he will be changing the hero’s image:
“It’s cute and funny. People make fun of him…There’s a bunch of jokes about him, but I’m like, ‘Just wait. Let’s just wait a little bit, and then you can make jokes.’”
In the same way, Jesse Eisenberg recently spoke about how Lex Luthor is being treated in the film, he also gave some commentary on the overall shape the film is taking:
“Yes, it is like the most incredible character. It was written by this guy, Chris Terrio. This is like his first movie after Argo. He’s just this brilliant writer of characters. So this movie is not this kind of cartoonish superhero movie. It is very serious and well acted, well written, well directed movie. It’s really phenomenal!”
As discussed earlier, an actor’s word may not be the most reliable source when it comes to the potential quality of a film. But everything these guys are saying sounds great, and its great to hear that everyone is on the same page. Though we already know that Warner Bros’ are taking a different direction with their DC films, these quotes reinforce what we can expect come next year.
With Aquaman, there is a duty to the character that is looking to be fulfilled. Some may say his look is too dark, but I think it is needed. There is a lot of damage control needed when it comes to Aquaman, the Superfriends TV show is to blame for that. The pendulum needs to be swung in the other direction in order for the character to be respected in the mainstream. I think a Zack Snyer/James Wan crafted Aquaman is going to really deliver. And as Momoa said, let’s see people make their jokes after we see him in action.
Eisenberg’s thoughts continue to make me excited for the film and bolster my belief that he was the right choice for Luthor. Everything we’ve seen from Batman v Superman informs us that the movie will be “dark and gritty,” but Eisenberg reminds of something that we should really talk about more: this is the first film for Chris Terrio since winning an Oscar for Argo. Yes, David Goyer wrote the first draft (which his writing can go either way, both Batman Begins and Blade Trinity make up his resume), but after Affleck became involved he brought his Argo-screenwriter to finish up the script and that gives me hope.
With Snyder directing, Terrio writing, this stellar cast showing their enthusiasm for the film, and the trailers/images blowing us away, this may not be yo mamma’s superhero film, but it is one of the most exciting comic book movies to be released. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 25, 2016.