To say that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a divisive film is a substantial takeaway as the film was met with a relatively schismatic relationship amongst critics and same fans. This particular bit of criticism is widely associated with the film’s dark tone, something that Man of Steel also seemed to also receive from its fair share of critics.
Even Batman v Superman star Ben Affleck (Batman) has opened up about his feelings towards the film, revealing that he feels that the criticism that the film garnered was “fair”.
In a new interview with Geek Magazine, Affleck reveals that there are several factors that play a large role in the upcoming film’s change in tone including the slew of new heroes coming into the fold:
“Justice League is a big change tonally because you now have the personalities of all these different characters coming together and it gives you a chance to infuse a lot of humor into the scenes. For Bruce, he’s having to open up and play well with other because he knows he needs them, so while he doesn’t lose sight of how serious the threat is, he’s humanized by the Flash’s earnestness, Diana’s warmth, even Aquaman’s needling.”
The change of the DC Extended Universe’s tonality is something that has been in the works even before the critical backlash towards Batman v Superman. Ezra Miller (Flash) revealed that in a meeting with Zack Snyder it was the director’s plan for “the Justice League to rise out of the darkness”, something that has since then been felt in this year’s Wonder Woman.
Actress Gal Gadot emphasizes that even though the film may not be as grim as its predecessor, it still won’t downplay the mission of the team and how they must band together to face a catastrophic threat that looms over the League:
“The goal of the team is intense – they have to save the world, after all – but the humor that comes into it from all of these characters trying to work together, some of them with more experience, some with essentially none, results in a lot of laughter and playful banter that I believe audiences will really enjoy.”
The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, Julian Lewis Jones and Ciarán Hinds. Here’s the official 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.”
Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017
Source: Geek Magazine (via ScreenRant)
10 Justice League Members Who Should Join The DCEU Next
The Justice League isn’t limited to the six members we’ll see in Zack Snyder’s film later this year. The team has an expansive roster that features dozens of reserve characters ready to help the Justice League save the world on a moment’s notice.
With movies like the Green Lantern Corps and Shazam in the pipelines, it’s clear more heroes will be introduced to the DCEU soon. The Avengers featured a small team and it only grew as more characters were introduced into the Marvel movie universe. The Justice League is gonna need all the help it can get to fight Darkseid and keep the streets safe from lower-tier villains like Deathstroke and Joker.
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