Geoff Johns Explains How Justice League Changed After Batman v Superman

Thursday, 08 September 2016 - 5:33PM
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Thursday, 08 September 2016 - 5:33PM
Geoff Johns Explains How Justice League Changed After Batman v Superman
Of all the recent criticisms of the DCEU lately—the boring villains, the sexism, the Murderverse—the biggest complaint is probably the grimdark aesthetic and tone, and WB's apparent unwillingness to course-correct. But now, Geoff Johns claims that Justice League will, in fact, be different from other DCEU films, and in direct response to Batman v Superman.

Batman v Superman was huge at the box office, but still performed well under expectations, while its critical and fan reception was a disaster. Afterwards, WB doubled down on their choices, including keeping Zack Snyder as director of Justice League. But then, their appointment of DC Comics legend Geoff Johns as the head of the DCEU (or the DC version of Kevin Feige) was the first indication that they were turning things around. In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Johns revealed that Justice League will take a lighter tone in response to the negative reception of Batman v Superman.

Opening quote
"Mistakenly in the past I think the studio has said, 'Oh, DC films are gritty and dark and that's what makes them different.' That couldn't be more wrong. It's a hopeful and optimistic view of life. Even Batman has a glimmer of that in him. If he didn't think he'd make tomorrow better, he'd stop."
Closing quote

To be fair, Suicide Squad tried to do the same thing, and ended up becoming a tonally uneven mess as a result of eleventh-hour reshoots. But Justice League was much earlier in production when BvS came out, so there's a chance that it will actually be as humorous and light as that first SDCC footage

Johns further emphasized that he's learning from their past mistakes, and clarified that Snyder's more "controversial flourishes," such as the Knightmare sequence and his "deconstructionism" (which sounds like a very tactful euphemism) will not play too much of a role in Justice League. And, as a bonus, Batman will really, really try not to kill people this time.

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

Via Screenrant

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