Back in July, fans got their first look at Zack Snyder’s Justice League during the Warner Bros. Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con. A month prior, journalists got a chance to visit the film’s set in London to see how DC is course correcting the direction of the Extended Universe following the less-than-stellar critical reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
One thing that both the journalists and fans got a chance to see was a scene featuring Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) recruiting Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) to join this team of people with extraordinary abilities. This scene served as a bit of a statement about the film’s different tone in comparison to both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. It was in that scene alone that revealed how Ezra Miller’s Flash was a character that this franchise so desperately needed to help appeal to broader audiences in adding another element of pure, superhero fun.
Justice League will feature some intriguing relationships between Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash and eventually Superman. The casting of both Miller as Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg adds an interesting dynamic, knowing that they will appeal to the younger audiences.
While promoting Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, IGN asked Miller on what fans can expect from Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen’s relationship in the film:
I think it’s the relationship between someone whose naive and excited and someone whose experienced and jaded. And it’s that sort of seeing each other as reflections of one another and being amused and maybe sometimes annoyed by one another. I think that Bruce and Barry get a kick out of each other because they’re seeing sort of themselves but reflected in this very warped mirror.
Bruce, the aged Batman is everything that being a superhero means you could become in terms of being pretty shut down and seeing all of this horror. He’s like a veteran of the struggle against evil. And Barry is just getting into it, and it seems exciting and very fun. I think they have a lot to learn from each other like in any great friendship, so I think it’s a fascinating relationship.
It really seems like Justice League is going to showcase Bruce Wayne as a bit of a father figure in this heroic family. Given the age gap between certain characters (and actors for that matter), it wouldn’t be far-fetched to see Bruce treat characters like Barry and Victor Stone as his own sons, similar to how Tony Stark’s dynamic with Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War seemed fatherly at the conclusion of the climactic airport scene.
Besides, knowing that Jason Todd is canonically dead in the DCEU, perhaps Bruce has already had a grasp of what being a father figure is like. Maybe the formation of the Justice League will add something that he has been missing for a long time.
Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.