Perhaps it was a good thing that Justice League, the long-awaited cinematic team-up of DC superheroes began filming only a few weeks after Batman v Superman crashed and burned critically (and, as some also love to point out, commercially). Now, the official logo for the movie has been released along with a plot synopsis.
Warner Bros invited several journalists to the London sets of Justice League, where the cast and crew directly addressed the response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Speaking to Collider, producer Deborah Snyder said, “I think the main thing we learned is that people don’t like to see their heroes deconstructed. I think that’s hard because it’s people we’ve grown up with and that we care about. They like seeing them in all their glory.”
Her husband and director of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League, Zack Snyder, responded to the criticism, “You know, when Batman v Superman first came out, I was like, ‘Wow, okay, woof.’ It did catch me off-guard. I have had to, in my mind, make an adjustment, and maybe it’s my hardcore take on the characters as far as I love ‘em, and I love the material. I do, I take it really deep. So I think the nice thing about working on Justice League is that it is an opportunity to really blow the doors off of the scale and the bad guys and team-building and all the stuff that I think I could justify as a big, modern comic book movie, if that makes any sense.”
Ben Affleck, who returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman and as an executive producer this time around, explained how Justice League will be different from BvS. “There’s definitely room for more humour. It’s not going to be—DC movies, I think, by their nature are a little more mythic than some comic book movies are. But [Batman v Superman] was very dark and heavy because it was really rooted in The Dark Knight Returns, which is a heavy, dark book. And this is not that. This is a step in evolution to bring together all of these characters who have had their origins. It’s about multilateralism, and it’s about hope and about working together and the kind of conflicts of trying to work together with others. It’s a world where superheroes exist, so there’s comedy in that necessarily, trying to work with other people and people trying to accomplish goals together is the root of all great comedy in my view. So there’s definitely, hopefully some fun in it. But it’s not unrecognisably these characters or these stories. It’s not turning it upside down,” he said.
Affleck will also go on to direct and star in the solo Batman movie.
Here’s the official synopsis of Justice League:
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 stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, JK Simmons, Amber Heard and Amy Adams. It’s scheduled for a November 17, 2017 release.
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