Ezra Miller describes the lighter tone Zack Snyder was trying to go for in Justice League. The filmmaker’s 2016 film, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, officially launched the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe for Warner Bros., but it also provided audiences with the newly-formed shared universe’s darkest film yet, showing two of DC’s most iconic heroes fighting against each other. And shortly after its release, franchise producer Deborah Snyder assured that Batman V Superman was the darkest the DCEU would ever get.

Chris Terrio, who co-wrote Batman V Superman‘s screenplay with David S. Goyer, returned to write story and screenplay for Justice League – this time on his own, with Joss Whedon receiving writing credit during post-production – and he envisioned the film as being tonally lighter, as well as the conclusion of Superman’s trilogy that began with Snyder’s 2013 film, Man of Steel. Then, when Whedon boarded the project to oversee reshoots and post-production, people thought that he would make the film lighter and funnier, but the thing is, that was Snyder’s vision from the beginning.

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In an interview with Fox 5 DC, Ezra Miller (The Flash) described how Snyder envisioned Justice League from the start and that the film’s lighter tone was actually Whedon-esque even before Whedon himself signed on. And then when the former Avengers director boarded the movie, it was somewhat natural for him to complete Snyder’s vision.

Joss Whedon Lighten Justice League Ezra Miller: Zack Snyder Was Making Justice League More Whedony

“I definitely think it’s a realization of a cohesive vision that comes. you know, mainly from Zack, and comes from, you know, the cumulative process of the building of the DCEU. And I definitely, I feel something that reflects majorly what Zack showed me in early comic frames in alot of the movie. What’s funny is that I think that Zack was doing a much lighter, more comedic, almost more Whedony thing, and then Joss stepped on and was fulfilling Zack’s vision. It’s an incredible instance of two artists in collaboration, and honoring each other’s work.”

In the time since Snyder exited the movie, people wondered which filmmaker would receive directing credit for the film or if they both would be credited. Considering that the reshoots mainly lasted so long because of scheduling issues between the core cast members, Whedon actually didn’t film as much as people may have thought he did. And so, Snyder was given solo directing credit for the movie, with Whedon receiving co-writing credit for his work on tweaking some of the film’s dialogue.

Although Justice League will presumably have its fair share of bleak moments, it’s clear that it will certainly be lighter in tone than previous DC movies, while also providing both Batman and Superman with a rebirth, to a degree, which they may carry with them going forward.

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Source: Fox 5 DC

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