Ezra Miller Says Justice League "Can't Base Anything" on Suicide Squad's Critical Response

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 10:47AM
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 10:47AM
Ezra Miller Says Justice League "Can't Base Anything" on Suicide Squad's Critical Response
Suicide Squad came out this past weekend, and as we all know, it was pretty much a critical disaster. While fan sites were a little more charitable, the general consensus is that it's an uneven-to-terrible movie, and one would hope that future DCEU movies would take a lesson or two from the critical and fan response. But according to The Flash star Ezra Miller, who made a cameo in Suicide Squad, Justice League won't necessarily respond directly to the criticism leveled at other DCEU films.

Speaking to MTV News, Miller said the creative talent behind Justice League would be "motivated" by the prospect of negative reviews (in the sense that they're getting nervous), but probably won't directly change anything:

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"You needn't look any further than the Suicide Squad director and cast response to the negative reviews to feel how negative critiques motivate us. Ultimately, we can't base anything on [the critical response]. As artists, we aim to please absolutely everybody with our work, but we also know that we have to keep expressing ourselves as best as we can express ourselves."
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On the one hand, this is frustrating, since one of the major complaints about DC's films is that they're not course-correcting the way they should be (keeping Zack Snyder on Justice League after the critical failures of MOS and BvS, for example, drew lots of flack). So we would hope that they would continue to listen to the critics and fans, not to pander or sell out, but to evaluate which criticisms are legitimate (which would be most of them) and adjust accordingly. 

But then again, it probably wouldn't help if they panicked and tried to change everything at this point in production. According to the latest reports, Suicide Squad's failure was partially the result of the studio panicking after Batman v Superman's poor reception, and then they took the wrong lessons from its failure anyway. So it's probably better to let Justice League breathe a little bit rather than breathing down its neck, and give the creators some freedom. Of course, one could argue that Snyder's been given enough freedom already, but hopefully the creative roles given to Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns will prevent the movie from becoming another critical flop.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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