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“I gotta stay in my lane”: Aquaman Star Jason Momoa Opens Up About Recent WB Controversy, Sends Gratitude to Tom Cruise For Saving Theaters With Top Gun: Maverick

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is nothing but all smiles and happy praises for his current employer, Warner Bros. His rise to popular culture began with a short yet powerful appearance in the HBO series Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo. Since then, however, he had been missing from the screens for a good number of years until skyrocketing to fame in DCEU and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Now, the actor speaks of the future of the company that made him a global sensation almost overnight.

Jason Momoa in Aquaman
Jason Momoa in Aquaman (2018)

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Jason Momoa Talks About COVID Affected Hollywood

If anything has brought the speeding world to a momentary halt, it was the Covid-19 pandemic. And the reach of the viral outbreak was nothing short of exponential. Affecting every solemn corner of the world, there was no one and nothing left that didn’t succumb to its ravages or suffer in its aftermath. Scrambling industries and weakened people had to then find a new order of lifestyle and establish an operating procedure in accordance with the current state of the planet.

Jason Momoa Ben Affleck
Aquaman star, Jason Momoa poses with Ben Affleck, DCEU’s Batman

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So did Hollywood when the outbreak halted productions and social distancing was enforced upon us all. With no foreseeable solution in sight, ongoing projects remained indefinitely suspended. However, now that the world has found its momentum again, the industry is launching blockbusters off the ground, kickstarting the wheel of theatrical releases once again. To Jason Momoa, however, Tom Cruise is to be thanked for making that happen.

“The nice thing about what’s happened with COVID is that everyone is trying to rush to meet these deadlines but we know it should come out when it’s ready to come out [at a time] when everybody is getting back in the movie theaters. So, thank you Tom Cruise.”

Top Gun: Maverick
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Jason Momoa’s Take on WB Discovery’s Strategic Shifts

When David Zaslav announced the scrapping of Batgirl, it was also followed by the news of a long-term plan that will take DC in a direction previously attempted only by those like George Lucas and Kevin Feige. However, the news was overshadowed by the apathetic shelving of a fully filmed $90 million movie, which then added to the audience’s concern that the future projects under the wing of WB are no longer entirely safe, especially those in development limbo.

David Zaslav is set to take WB in new direction
David Zaslav incorporates new measures to take WB in a new direction

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When asked about the string of controversies surrounding Warner Bros. and its new management, Jason Momoa had only constructive things to say — “I just trust in them to make the right decisions, and I gotta stay in my lane.” The actor is also immensely enthusiastic about the direction of his new film which he claims to be incredibly proud of and also having a hand in its conception.

“We wrote a great story. I was one of the writers on it and the minute we finished [Aquaman] I went in with a 50-page outline for the second one and they used it and they liked it. It’s got my heart in it […] If people don’t like it and it feels like it’s past its due date, then we won’t make another one […] But if they love it, then we will make more, you know. I don’t want to force anything down someone’s throat to watch it. But I love it.”

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is slated for theatrical release on 25 December 2023.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.