There is clearly an appetite from those involved in the DCEU to turn the ship around and steer it towards a land filled with box office gold. While their first salvo's courtesy of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (BvS) drew in large amounts of fans domestically and overseas, there were few satisfied customers left glowing about the franchise's future prospects.
Ben Affleck's involvement would be heralded in some quarters but with a Sad Affleck meme becoming synonymous with his personal reaction to the feature, there was at least a private admission from the Hollywood star that his first picture in the series was not up to scratch. Out on the promotional circuit for Justice League prior to the mega November 17 release date, Affleck would make that admission public.
BA: The Tone Was All Off For BvS
Speaking with Empire Magazine amid a flurry of new shots from the set of the 2017 blockbuster, the 45-year old understood where the criticism was coming from. From the get-go, BvS decided to go very dark and very serious, a tone that took all the joy out of the property for many.
"I can understand people saying Batman v Superman was too dark," he said. "Or this was outside the tone of what I'm used to seeing with a Batman story, and I think that's a fair criticism."
So what makes him so excited to suit up again as the Dark Knight following a title that had him doubting his involvement? For Affleck, Justice League is an epic production which will aim to take the franchise to the next level. He desperately wanted to be part of that experience, both as an actor and filmmaker in his own right.
"The movie’s bigger in scale than any movie I’ve been involved with in my career," remarked Affleck. "It feels massive in terms of the visual elements. That’s something that Zack (Snyder, director) is really good at. That will be admired."
Wonder Woman In Agreement on DC Switch
Such was the consensus about the disappointment of BvS, even Gal Gadot weighed in. Coming fresh off the success of Wonder Woman, a film that combined great action sequences, storytelling and comedy, the Israeli is as well positioned as anyone to say how a good superhero movie should operate.
"Justice League is not a dark or heavy movie," explains Gadot. "It doesn’t have the weight that Batman v Superman had."
One of the great subplots for Justice League is the return of Henry Cavill. Sporting a new suit and aesthetic, it is the facial hair that stood out for Affleck.
"It was a full-on porn-star moustache," joked the Batman star. "He looked like a porn star from the ’70s, just with a better body. It’s a different twist (on Superman)."
This week Warner Brothers released a series of new posters with all the Justice League superheroes including the tagline "All In." You can check them out right here.