Deborah and Zack Snyder Talk on the Lighter Tone of Justice League

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Collider was another of the news site that was invited onto the London set of Justice League and during their visit they were they spoke with producer Deborah Snyder and Director Zack Snyder on how the criticism of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may or may not have changed how they are approaching this new film, as well as how they see audiences are looking at these films.

DEBORAH SNYDER 

HOW SHE FEELS AUDIENCES WANT TO SEE THEIR HEROES IN THEIR GLORY IMMEDIATELY 

“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.”

HOW THE CRITICISM OF BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE AFFECTED JUSTICE LEAGUE AND HOW JUSTICE LEAGUE WAS ALWAYS MEANT TO BE LIGHTER

“Well, listen, 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.”

“Well, listen, 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.”

ZACK SNYDER

HOW BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE CRITICISM AFFECTED HIM AND HOW HE IS APPROACHING JUSTICE LEAGUE

“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.”

“I think I’m obsessed with tone in the movies. Tone has always been the main thing that I go after with a movie, and I really wanted the tone of the three movies to be different chapters and not be the same note that you strike like, ‘Okay, there’s this again.’ I really wanted that, and I do believe that since Batman v Superman came out and we’ve wrapped our heads around what Justice League would be, I do think that the tone has, because of what fans have said and how the movie was received by some, is that we have kind of put the screws to what we thought the tone would be and crushed it that little bit further.”

HOW HE STILL STANDS BY BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE’S TONE AS IT WAS NEEDED 

“I mean, when I say ‘hardcore,’ I mean sort of canon hardcore, you know? And I would say, yes, we have treated these characters—especially now as we have evolved them into the team, I think we’ve pushed them a lot more toward what I would consider more the sort of iconic… because that, frankly, was what the evolution was. I mean, not to give anything away or say anything that would be too telling of where we’re headed with the movie, but death is darker than, say, resurrection or team-building. It’s just a darker concept, like when you’re dealing with Dark Knight Returns or Death of Superman, those kinds of ideas. As opposed to, ‘Oh, let’s build a team and fight the bad guy!’ It’s a different energy.”

BEN AFFLECK DEFENDS THE TONE OF BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE AND TALKS ABOUT JUSTICE LEAGUE’S TONE 

“There’s definitely room for more humor. 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 unrecognizably these characters or these stories. It’s not turning it upside down.”

There was also another Collider report confirming some more news regarding the DC Extended Universe:

  1. Steppenwolf is currently being cast but are close to signing someone
  2. Zeus will be making an appearance in the film giving the audience a history lesson on the Mother Boxes (think Anthony Hopkins in Thor).
  3. Zack Snyder feels characters like Cyborg and The Flash will appeal to the younger audiences as they have a youthful outlook.
  4. Batman will have a bit more humor in his character as he is learning to trust others and even has a moment with Barry Allen where he smiles the full description of the scene I will leave for the source link)
  5. Batman’s true detective skills will shine more in this film than any other film and his character will be working to redeem his actions in the previous film as he went darker than he had ever gone before.
  6. Deborah Snyder has said that while all the DC Extended Universe films are connected you can watch each film without watching another and still understand those films on their own.
  7. Atlantis will be shown in different time periods, more than likely through William DaFoe’s character Vulko, who is from a different generation, Wouldn’t be surprised if Zeus’s history lesson also gives us a look into an earlier time period.
  8. Michael Wilkinson is returning as Costume Designer as he was in many Zack Snyder films before including Watchmen and Batman V Superman; Dawn of Justice.
  9. The Flash will have two costumes in the film with the main one appearing first and looking as though it came from NASA.
  10. Justice League will continue filming until September, than move back to Los Angeles until filming wraps in October.
  11. Amber Heard is not being recast and will still be playing Mera, Queen of Atlantis
  12. Alfred and Bruce are the ones who develop most of the Justice League’s tech.
Eric Curto

Eric Curto

My name is Eric and I am loving this current comic book boom, I was around for the first one with Superman: The Movie, Supergirl(being the first female and crossover film) and Batman and have been enjoying the resurgence since Blade. Can't express how much I cannot wait for WB & DC to take back the film universe but until than I love the TV shows we have gotten. I only started reading comics about 10 years ago but am connected more to DC over Marvel or any other major company. If you wanna chat feel free to contact me
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