With Justice League packing in an all-star cast of superheroes, villains, and many of their supporting characters, a few people already established in the DC Cinematic Universe will be left behind.
While speaking with the LA Times alongside Keanu Reeves about their roles in John Wick: Chapter 2, actor Laurence Fishburne revealed that he was requested to participate in shooting DC’s first super-powered team-up film.
“They asked me to come for a day, but I couldn’t work it out, schedule-wise,” Fishburne said. “And really, what do you need the newspaperman in Justice League for? You want to see the Flash. You want to see Aquaman. You want to see Wonder Woman. You want to see the Lantern.”
Fishburne spoke like a fan of the classic characters and seemed to express frustration that Warner Bros. is playing catchup to the competition.
“We’ve been waiting 35 years for these [characters] to show up on the screen,” Fishburne said. “What were they doing over there? Marvel has been kicking their ass. This is the comic book geek in me, who has a collection of comic books. I’ve been waiting to see these people on-screen forever.”
But unlike other comic book geeks, he was not disappointed with the direction Zack Snyder has taken the characters in over two films.
When asked about the criticisms levied at Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fishburne said he loves “what Zack Snyder does.”
“Jesse Eisenberg, this little nebbishy guy, as Lex Luthor? For me, that’s a genius move,” Fishburne said. “And the whole thing with Martha Kent and Martha Wayne? I don’t know, man, I must be sentimental but that’s some heartwarming [stuff] to me. So I don’t get it.”
Laurence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves’ mini-Matrix reunion can be seen in John Wick: Chapter 2, in theaters now.
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In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg.
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