It looks like some of the critical backlash for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice HAS influenced the direction of the Justice League movie.
Which, given that many have reversed their criticism of BvS (here) after the release of the Ultimate Edition, is a little concerning.
Director Zack Snyder has been talking about the knock on effect of the reviews of BvS in the cinema: “I think that … Listen. If it’s about putting more fun in the movie, or embracing some of what I would call … I think it’s in all the characters inherently, this larger than life, big, fun stuff, especially when you’re dealing with the Justice League.
“Flash and with Momoa. I don’t have a scene with Momoa, but I’ve been now with Jason and the way he’s interacting with the group and it’s even just his Jason-ness. It’s the contrast to Ben and to Gal, is really interesting and fun.”
Personally, I have always thought that the inclusion of Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman and eventually characters like Green Lantern and Booster Gold, the DC movie universe would eventually get to a lighter place anyway. Snyder is saying that he’s had a plan for Superman all along: “I think that just to finish my idea, but what I was going to say about the sort of Batman versus Superman concept is that inherently also you’ve got to remember that the whole sort of thread that was to draw those two into conflict, so I wanted to make sure that each of them was, and I felt like they were both evolving in my mind anyway. I think Superman was on his way toward something that I … I wanted to get to a Superman that had a reason to be Superman, you know? Like a reason to feel the way he felt about humanity, or feel the way that we all understand from the comic books as far as a moral compass goes. He’s pretty much the thing.”
So, while it looks like the backlash has had some impact, we still do believe that Snyder and DC had a plan similar to what we’re seeing all along…
And, while we’re talking Justice League, Jared Leto’s recent tweet has a lot of people wondering if his brief presence in London was to film a cameo for Justice League (no filming in London). We have no evidence other than a ‘Hello London!’ from the actor… but we certainly wouldn’t rule out seeing Joker at some point in the movie… maybe a cameo in Arkham Asylum when we visit Lex Luthor? We’ll all know next November.
Hello London! pic.twitter.com/DPcAGWXbUd
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) June 29, 2016
Mind you, some people also think Leto is teasing he has been cast in the Blade Runner sequel after he used the word Replicant on Instagram… which, we suppose, isn’t totally out of the question either. Thoughts?
A photo posted by JARED LETO (@jaredleto) on