Ben Affleck Says Justice League is a 'Big Change Tonally'

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Justice League star Ben Affleck has point out that the upcoming DC Movie Universe adventure has a different tone than the films that have preceded it. In less than two months, DC comics fans will finally get to see some of their favorites appear in all their big screen glory when Justice League finally hits theaters. The gathering all in one place of Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Superman (Henry Cavill), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), of course, has been a longtime coming; but fans got only a tease of it with the brief introductions of the latter three in the final act of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Maligned by critics and some fans, BvS was criticized for, among other things, having too dark of a tone (which was also a criticism of Man of Steel). But in a new interview with Affleck and Gadot ahead of the Nov. 17 release of Justice League, the stars said there's definitely a different feeling in the air in the upcoming film.

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Affleck attributes the change this time around to introduction of many different personalities into the mix. Here's what he told Geek Magazine:

"Justice League is a big change tonally because you now have the personalities of all these different characters coming together and it gives you a chance to infuse a lot of humor into the scenes. For Bruce, he's having to open up and play well with other because he knows he needs them ,so while he doesn't lose sight of how serious the threat is, he's humanized by the Flash's earnestness, Diana's warmth, even Aquaman's needling."

That's not to say that the superhero team isn't facing dire circumstances. But within the framework of their mission, the members of the Justice League have to communicate, and again given their different personalities, there's bound to be some laughter, according to Gadot. She says:

"The goal of the team is intense - they have to save the world, after all - but the humor that comes into it from all of these characters trying to work together, some of them with more experience, some with essentially none, results in a lot of laughter and playful banter that I believe audiences will really enjoy."

Naturally, the gathering of some of DC's most famous superheroes all in one place, coupled with the lighter tone is going to have fans gauging comparisons to Marvel's The Avengers, especially since the director the first two Avengers films, Joss Whedon, helped finish Justice League after helmer Zack Snyder stepped aside to deal with a personal tragedy. Keen to those sorts of comparisons already, several cast members including Affleck, Gadot and J.K. Simmons – who will play Gotham Detective Jim Gordon in the film – are getting out ahead of such assumptions, saying Justice League is Snyder’s movie. Simmons also pointed out that the film has "a fair amount of levity," too.

The lighter tone of the film doesn't come as a surprise to Miller, who recently said that lightening the atmosphere was something that Snyder planned for the film all along. Miller said he found this out the first time he "sat in Zack’s office," when the director told him that people "were mad at him for making things too dark" but his plan was for "the Justice League to rise out of the darkness."

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Source: Geek Magazine

Key Release Dates
  • Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
  • Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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