Since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans have wondered how the DC Extended Universe will deal with how Batman behaved in the film. The vigilante was unrepentant with his violent actions as he branded criminals and even tried to take down the Man of Steel, Superman. Now, fans can rest assured knowing that the extreme deeds committed by Gotham's Bat will be addressed in future DCEU flicks according to executive Jon Berg.
Speaking with The Washington Journal, Berg teased Justice League will directly reference Bruce Wayne's actions in Batman v Superman. From torturing baddies to undertaking a very violent revenge fantasy, Batman will be forced to reconcile himself with those horrifying decisions he made. However, Berg did indicate the hero's regrets wouldn't stray too far from the main plot of Justice League. Wanting to keep the storyline tight, Berg said the film will forgo Zack Snyder's penchant for dream sequences and ethereal flashbacks.
And, what's more, fans shouldn't expect Justice League to be quite as somber as its fellow DCEU counterparts. Fans have been vocal about their disappointment with films like Suicide Squad because of their grim tone, but Geoff Johns and Jon Berg plan to change the franchise's tone before Justice League airs.
Berg said, "Mistakenly in the past I think the studio has said, 'Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that's what makes them different.' That couldn't be more wrong. It's a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn't think he'd make tomorrow better, he'd stop."
In the future, Johns hopes both Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment can move forward with the DCEU in a way that honors both fans and characters. "We're trying to take a really hard look at everything to make sure we stay true to the characters and tell stories that celebrate them," he said.
If all goes well with Justice League, then future DCEU projects like Wonder Woman and the standalone Batman film will fit well with moviegoers. In the past few weeks, fans have been given plenty of updates on Ben Affleck's superhero film as the director announced Deathstroke's inclusion. And, just today, news broke that Joe Manganiello is officially playing the mercenary. Rumors have been swirling for awhile that several of Batman's famous villains could star in the upcoming film, so fans can go ahead and guess how the solo flick with incorporate some much-needed comedic relief.
Justice League is set to hit theaters November 16 2017 with a sequel to release on June 14 2019.