Justice League will mark the first time these classic DC Comics heroes will be on screen together in a live-action film and this incarnation of the team will be united by Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman. In an interview with SFX Magazine, Affleck reflected on the parallels between the cast and the team dynamics and discussed how Justice League will feature a more “heroic” Batman compared to his appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Ben Affleck explained how the collaboration of Justice League cast mirrors the relationship between the heroes themselves:
“It’s interesting because that’s kind of the theme of the movie. It’s about the various individuals and how it is that they come to work together, essentially, and collaborate. They don’t all jump in the same boat with the same mission right away. There’s a process through which Bruce Wayne is trying to recruit people and then convince them of the righteousness of the cause, and that it’s important for them to work together. So that very dynamic is really a big part of the first and second acts of the movie. It worked out dramatically.”
Inspired by Superman’s sacrifice, Batman will return with a renewed faith in humanity and Ben Affleck discussed how the Dark Knight will be a more heroic character for his second appearance in the DC Extended Universe:
“This is a very different dynamic for Bruce Wayne from the first movie, where he was full of anger and resentment and kind of irrational rage towards Superman. Here, he’s really in the mode of your more classic Batman story, where he’s more heroic, trying to save and protect people, trying to build this unit. That was a totally different thing. The idea that this character is trying to to assemble a group and get them to work together. Because Batman is kind of internal, dark, conflict guy. So it was challenging for him to turn outward and try to get all these people to work together.”
As someone who did not particularly care for the dreary tone of Batman v Superman and the Caped Crusader’s antagonistic behavior in the film, it is certainly reassuring to hear that one of my favorite superheroes will play a positive role in Justice League.
Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds.
Justice League will be released in theaters on November 17, 2017.