Following more than two years of internet rage about Man of Steel and the pillorying Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took from critics, producers told ComicBook.com and other press during a recent visit to the set of Justice League that the next step in the evolution of the DC Extended Universe is going to be much friendlier to younger audience members.
Mainstream superhero comics have seen their audience age significantly since the '70s and '80s, but there's still a sense that – particularly where Superman and Wonder Woman are involved – the big-budget film adaptations should be fairly kid-friendly.
A reporter asked about whether that might be the case with Justice League, after the brutal, political, and complex Batman v Superman turned so many audience members with children away.
"I think Justice League is much more inclusive [than Batman v Superman]," said executive producer Deborah Snyder. "It's all about the characters, too. We have these two very young Flash and Cyborg characters and they're definitely lighter. I think they're going to appeal to a younger audience. I think Suicide Squad has its own audience, and I think Wonder Woman has its own audience. Not just women because I think the movie, I've seen a little bit of it, and [Director] Patty [Jenkins]'s still working on her director's cut."
"I think it's going to be broad-reaching," Snyder added. "I think the darkest [we're going] is where we've been."
Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder, is filming now. It also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Spider-Man villain Willem Dafoe has joined the cast as the Aquaman supporting-character Vulko. Amber Heard will appear as Mera, as well.
The movie is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2017 – the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of Superman #75, the best-selling finale to "Doomsday!: The Death of Superman."
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