If you liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder has some good news for you. And if you didn’t like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, well, he’s got some good news for you too.
Warner Brothers invited the comic-movie-watching press to their London studios for day 31 of the upcoming movie’s shoot, and the overbearing message from the press tour seems to be that Snyder (and the film’s principal actors, namely Ben Affleck) are taking the criticism in stride as they craft a fresher, more fun, movie.
In contrast to this spring’s tentpole flick, which mostly featured staring contests between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel before they started smashing the crap out of each other, it seems Justice League will rely on its ensemble cast to exude charm (hi there, Gal Gadot) and a few good laughs, apparently via the Flash, played by Ezra Miller, who also headlines the superhero’s standalone CW show).
And to their credit, it seems Snyder and co are eager to take that tack, especially after Batman v Superman endured a chilly critical reception. “It did catch me off-guard, I have had to, in my mind, make an adjustment,” Snyder told io9.
Here’s the new logo. It’s… straightforward.
“There’s definitely room for more humor,” Ben Affleck told IGN and the assembled media at the studio. “DC movies, I think, by their nature, are a little more—gothic, or mythic, rather, than some comic book movies are. But that movie was very dark and heavy because it was really rooted in Dark Knight Returns which is a heavy, dark book. And this is not that.”
Makes sense, right? Marvel has cleaned up at the box office by balancing humor, comics-insider nods, and large-scale smash-em-ups. J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboots—which continue July 22 with Star Trek: Beyond—are jaunty and casual even when they’re serious, thanks largely to the veteran comic presence of Simon Pegg and the affable Chris Pine.
Fortunately for Snyder, he’s got a few more cards up his sleeve, namely in the form of a supremely (and suddenly) jacked J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Willem Dafoe as Aquaman sidekick Vulko. The movie’s villain, reportedly Steppenwolf, is almost casted, Synder told Mashable.
“With Justice League, [Batman and Superman] have both been freed of the shackles of the responsibility to be in a place where they would fight each other,” Synder told io9. “That is liberating for us in making the movie because really now we have a single enemy with a single objective, and it’s really about uniting the team. That, to me, is a fun activity.”
Here’s hoping watching the movie is one, too.
Justice League, starring Affleck, Gadot, Miller, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, and Jesse Eisenberg, is set to soar into theaters November 17, 2017.