Less than a week away from the release of Justice League, fans aren’t the only ones excited for the long-awaited DCEU team-up. Stars Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller have a lot to look forward to, even after this film — with a sequel to Wonder Woman in the works along with Flashpoint. The path hasn’t been entirely smooth since 2013’s Man of Steel kicked everything off, but both Miller and Gadot opened up about the whole experience in a recent Q&A with the Toronto Sun.
Right off the bat, the pair discussed the big bad of Justice League in Steppenwolf. Miller, being the nerd culture aficionado of the two, compared Steppenwolf’s battle with the League to the comic book origins as to how the team comes together. As for Gadot, she addressed the slimming down of the plot in regards to the villain. With films such as Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring several antagonists, Wonder Woman herself thought it smart to take on just one this around.
Here’s what they had to say:
Miller: You know Steppenwolf is this ancient mythical force of evil. So he’s a deeply exciting character to have face off against the Justice League. In the comic books, the Justice League has often come together to deal with (alien) invasions. The origin story of the Justice League in the original comic book series dealt with them fighting off the Appellaxians. So Steppenwolf’s a great character for the team to go up against.
Gadot: When you simplify a story, especially the ones we’re exploring in the Justice League, where there’s so much going on with the villain and the end of the world and the fact that we’re introducing three new characters, I think it was a smart call to limit the villain to just one person.
Off-camera is where the DCEU journey has been somewhat rocky to say the least. Ever since Henry Cavill debuted as Superman, a divisive reaction sprouted among fans. Things were taken to the next level upon the release of BvS when fans turned on critics who had a much more mixed-to-negative reaction. Leading into Justice League is where real tragedy came into the picture though, causing Zack Snyder — the tone-setter of the DCEU — to step away from the film before post-production.
The entire cast and many fans have been vocal in their support for both Snyder and his replacement Joss Whedon since then. Miller and Gadot continued that sentiment saying that Whedon both honored Snyder’s vision and made it his own.
Miller: Zack put eight years of work into this and in the absence of our beloved captain, Joss very generously volunteered to complete Zack’s vision. Really, we all wanted to fulfill that.
Gadot: I think Joss definitely left his mark on the movie.
With troubled times seemingly in the rearview for the DCEU, especially after the summer hit of Wonder Woman, everyone wants to know what’s next. With Aquaman and Shazam! on deck, the next big DCEU event-film looks to be Flashpoint — it’ll also be treated as Miller’s “solo” movie. From the director to how closely it’ll follow the comic, little is known of the film. Though Miller can’t reveal much, he did express his excitement.
Miller: It’s coming up. We are getting ready. It’s been a long process to make sure we’ll get it right, but Warner Bros. is being very careful with it and that’s something I feel really honored by and it’s something I appreciate. But I’m stoked to get going. I can’t reveal specifics, but it is coming up really soon.
And though Miller certainly knows more than he can say about Flashpoint, he admitted that the stars are usually the last to find out about any future plans — namely a Justice League sequel. Who or what would be added to that is anyone’s guess, but just like how fans speculate, Miller and Gadot did the same for who they’d like to fight next.
Miller: The Injustice League. I think I can speak for everyone in the League when I say that we’re extremely excited by the prospect of continuing this journey. We don’t really know for sure, and we’re usually the last people to find out, but … each of the heroes in this movie has specific nemeses, and I think seeing some incarnation of the Injustice League (which includes Lex Luthor, Joker, Deathstroke and more) would be something that DC fans would be pretty stoked about.
Gadot: There’s so many good villains in the DC universe, but I would love to fight Cheetah. She’s a girl and that could be very interesting.
Tone has also been a major talk of the DCEU. For better of for worse, the films so far have featured a variety of takes on the cinematic universe, using Snyder’s vision as a template in a way. Wonder Woman seemed to be the pinnacle of such director-driven films, something Warner Bros. has boasted for quite some time. According to Miller and Gadot, fans can expect more of that in the films to come.
Miller: What’s super dope with DC right now is how its movies have played with very different tones. Obviously, there’s been commentary and thought about DC movies going forward. But what I think is really amazing is the variety that’s at play and how DC is really aiming to provide a wide spectrum of movies and to use these characters to tell a lot of different stories in a lot of different ways. There will be funny movies, frightening movies, deeply serious dramas and then movies like our film, which I think balances those tones in a new, interesting and compelling manner. That diversity in the way these heroes will be featured is really exciting.
Gadot: The DC movies we were exposed to earlier explored Batman and Superman. I think now we’re bringing new, exciting characters who are very different from each other and every one of them has a unique flavour and story and background that I think is going to make (the DCEU) very interesting.
With just days separating you from the release date of Justice League, do these quotes shift your excitement one way or the other? What are your thoughts on Flashpoint and the future of the DCEU as a whole? Sound off in the comments!
The film stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko.
“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.”
Justice League hits theaters Nov. 17.
Source: Tronto Sun
5 Things We Want To See In ‘Flashpoint’
With DC revealing that the upcoming Flash movie will be titled Flashpoint, fans are wracking their brains trying to figure out what will happen. While the story is famous for rebooting the DC universe before the New 52 initiative, the series is chop full of awesome moments. The book is full of awesome alternate versions of characters and emotional moments that ground the universe-changing story in a deeply personal core narrative. For those who don’t know, Flashpoint follows what happens after Barry Allen travels back in time to save his mother on the night of her murder. When he returns to the present, he finds that everything he’s ever known is different and he’s even lost his powers.
It might not be the perfect story to introduce people to the larger Flash universe, but I trust Geoff Johns. Hopefully now that the plot seems to be a bit more set, a director or directors (I’m looking at you Phil Lord and Chris Miller) will step onto the project soon and help mold it into something awesome. If Warner Bros. chooses to introduce an alternate version of the DC Extended Universe to the bigscreen, there’s no one I’d rather explore it with than Flash. Barry Allen is the heart and soul of the DCU, so it’s only fitting to watch him try and inject some light into a dark version of his home.
Hit Next to learn about the five things we want to see in Flashpoint.