Critical Reaction To Batman V Superman Led To Big Changes For Justice League

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did what it set out to do, which was make some money for the studio and set up the foundation for a DC Cinematic Universe.

That said, I'm Zack Snyder would admit it could've gone smoother.

Snyder fielded a few questions at a recent press visit to the Justice League set about how the commercial and critical reception of Batman v Superman affected Justice League.

"I think that ... Listen. If it's about putting more fun in the movie, or embracing some of what I would call ... I think it's in all the characters inherently, this larger than life, big, fun stuff, especially when you're dealing with the Justice League. Flash and with Momoa. I don't have a scene with Momoa, but I've been now with Jason and the way he's interacting with the group and it's even just his Jason-ness. It's the contrast to Ben and to Gal, is really interesting and fun."

While he didn't outright say Justice League changed because of the reception of Batman v Superman, the aspects he mentioned at the beginning of his statement spotlight the main problems many had with BvS. I think the new additions of Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, and Jason Momoa will have a big impact on the lightheartedness of the group as a whole, and it will be interesting to see how that plays out on film.

As for Snyder, he feels he needed to start at BvS to get his Superman to that place that many already see him occupying, that of moral compass.

"I think that just to finish my idea, but what I was going to say about the sort of Batman versus Superman concept is that inherently also you've got to remember that the whole sort of thread that was to draw those two into conflict, so I wanted to make sure that each of them was, and I felt like they were both evolving in my mind anyway. I think Superman was on his way toward something that I ... I wanted to get to a Superman that had a reason to be Superman, you know? Like a reason to feel the way he felt about humanity, or feel the way that we all understand from the comic books as far as a moral compass goes. He's pretty much the thing."


"I feel like he had to go through something to be that." he added, but didn't confirm he would actually show up, concluding "I'm not saying that he shows up in this movie."

Justice League hits theatres on November 17, 2017.