The first Justice League movie is currently being filmed in Great Britain.
It’s being produced under the heavy shadow of fan and critic reaction to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which wasn’t all that great.
Director Zach Snyder, however, isn’t sure that fan reaction is influencing the direction of Justice League. He told Collider this week:
I think it’s all a creative process and you’re always changing and evolving as you go. We’ve been working on the script, we’re aware of things. I don’t know if we’re making those decisions [based on the reaction]. I know we wanted to always make this film to bring up these characters. So obviously I think it’s affected the process in some way, but it was also kind of where we were headed.
Snyder admitted that the negative reaction to BVS caught him off guard. He said:
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.
Deborah Snyder, Zach’s wife and a producer on Justice League, had this to say about the root cause of fans’ rejection of the film:
I think the main thing we learned is that people don’t like to see their heroes deconstructed. [laughs] 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.
For Ben Affleck’s part (Bruce Wayne/Batman), he says Justice League will at least be more humorous than Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman.
[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 unrecognizably these characters or these stories. It’s not turning it upside down.
Justice League is set to be released on November 17, 2017.SuperFable