Amy Adams appears in two films that are generating strong positive buzz on the film festival circuit right now, ahead of their theatrical releases (and awards season runs) this fall: Sicario director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and A Single Man director Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. The multiple Oscar-nominee Adams is also reprising her role as investigative journalist (and Superman’s girlfriend), Lois Lane, for director Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League – after having played the character for a second time earlier this year, in Snyder’s previous DC Extended Universe film and Man of Steel followup, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
By now, the polarizing response to Batman V Superman has been well-documented and the conversation has instead shifted to how Warner Bros. Pictures and DC (including, newly-appointed DC Films head Geoff Johns) are responding to the backlash, with their approach on future DCEU installments. Adams has now weighed in with her own thoughts about what lies ahead for Justice League and the reception to Batman V Superman – in particular, her feelings about the reactions to Snyder’s work on the film.
It’s worth noting that Batman V Superman co-writer Chris Terrio described Justice League (which he is also writing) as being a lighter DCEU film by comparison, before Dawn of Justice had actually opened in theaters this past March. Adams, when she spoke to Variety at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival, likewise said that “Everyone’s really excited [for ‘Justice League’]. It’s a totally different film.” She then went on to describe her own feelings about the negative reactions to Batman V Superman:
“I just felt for Zack [Snyder]. Zack’s like the nicest person ever, and to see him kind of talked about like that was really hard for me, because he’s really such a respectful director.”
Adams is far from the first person to say they enjoy collaborating with Snyder, as a director. Emily Browning previously said that it was her experience working with Snyder on Sucker Punch that convinced her to keep acting professionally. More recently, J.K. Simmons spoke well of his time working on Justice League (where he plays Gotham Commissioner James Gordon), describing the work environment as “a really fun set.”
It has also been reported that Ben Affleck developed a good working relationship with Snyder while making Batman V Superman and that this helped lead to his decision to sign on as an executive producer for Justice League (in addition to costarring in the film). Likewise, Jason Momoa has indicated that Snyder’s pitch for Aquaman in the DCEU was the key factor in convincing him to accept that role, in the first place.
Point being: many an actor has now said that Snyder is a director that they enjoy working with and that no doubt helps to explain WB/DC’s decision to entrust him to get the DCEU up and running at full speed; even as Snyder’s movies (Watchmen, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman and so on) continue to prove controversial with comic book fans and prove to be mixed successes, at best. Who knows, if both Wonder Woman (which Snyder co-wrote the screen story for) and Justice League go over well next year, some people may change their own views on the director accordingly.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition is now available in digital, Blu-ray, and DVD formats.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.