Justice League will arrive in theaters next month and audiences are curious to see if the film will be a brighter entry in the DC Extended Universe, especially following the criticism of Batman v Superman and the dark tone of the film. While fans continue to debate on whether not the film was too heavy or grim, Ben Affleck himself has now weighed in on the conversation during an interview with Empire Magazine.
Affleck responded to the criticism directed towards the film, explaining that he understands the response from those who consider it to be too dark:
“I can understand people saying [Batman v Superman] was too dark, or this was outside the tone of what I’m used to seeing with a Batman story, and I think that’s a fair criticism.”
Affleck echoed the sentiments of his co-stars, stating that the plan had always been for Justice League to bring our heroes out from the darkness:
“But this was all scripted and set up before that movie came out. The approach was changed anyway for the second one. It was natural progression.”
“Zack wanted to make a movie that was more fun, that was a little bit light, that wasn’t so encumbered with heavy melodrama.”
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Here’s the official Justice League synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
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.