Ezra Miller Says Justice League Was Always Intended to be Lighter

The Flash actor Ezra Miller says the tone of the upcoming Justice League was always meant to be lighter in nature. It's about six weeks and counting before the hotly anticipated Justice League hits theaters, finally teaming up Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) together, and fans, despite their lukewarm reception to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, are no doubt thrilled for the prospects of the long-awaited union of DC superheroes.

One of the criticisms from fans and critics of BvS, of course, was the film's very dark tone, which included the shocking bombing during a Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the recollection of the deaths of Bruce Wayne's parents, the imposing threat to the life of Diane Lane's Martha Kent (which in itself spawned the "Save Martha!" controversy), and the loss of Superman (Henry Cavill), who seemingly fell victim to Doomsday.

And while the Justice League will still be feeling the loss of Superman when this fall's movie begins, the tone of the film will apparently much lighter than BvS. In an interview with Empire (via CBM), Miller said in his meeting with director Zack Snyder, the helmer explained that darkness of the events in Gotham had to be first needed to be felt by the other members of the Justice League before it transitioned into the lighter tone of the film.

"The first time I ever sat in Zack's office, he told me people were mad at him for making things too dark. Zack always intended for the Justice League to rise out of the darkness, and maybe even bring Batman with them. Maybe an inch."

While the fate of Superman in Justice League has remained an ambiguous plot point in the trailers, there's no question that the film has taken on a distinctly lighter tone than BvS. Miller, of course, is a large part of that, mainly thanks to the peppy demeanor of The Flash, perhaps explaining why the character has been deemed a fan favorite at test screenings.

The interesting thing about Miller's comments is that his observation seems to extend from an earlier meaning with Snyder, who sadly left the film due to a personal tragedy in May, and was subsequently replaced by former Marvel Studios helmer Joss Whedon. Conventional thinking would suggest the film is lighter in tone because it matches the sensibilities Whedon brought to The Avengers, but clearly it was part of Snyder's plan all along for a lighter shift in tone from BvS to Justice League.

At first blush, the transition appears to have worked, as reactions to early screenings of Justice League have deemed the film as "epic."

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Source: Empire (via CBM)

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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