Zack Snyder is hardly one to get ruffled by critics, but when bloggers, the majority of established critics on Rotten Tomatoes and unhappy fans pointed out that Batman v Superman wasn’t to their taste, it seemingly has resonated with the director.
The Vulture was one of the many outlets brought over to London for the Justice League interviews and set visit, which the site alludes was indeed a PR move to get the naysayers on their side by winning them over with exclusive access. They also reveal that a lot of the people at the set visit event were people that didn’t fawn over the film, and more than likely didn’t speak well of it.
A clear sign that Warner Bros. wants to mend fences, not burn bridges.
Snyder revealed his own impression on the backlash from a majority of the community and critics, along with confirmation that they are indeed course-correcting the tone of Justice League, which had been reported on multiple times by various outlets. However, these reports were smeared as bias from die-hard fans that couldn’t handle an objective point of view that was differed from their own.
“It did catch me off guard,” he said of the response to BvS. “I have had to, in my mind, make an adjustment. I do think that the tone of Justice League has changed because of what the fans have said.” That, ultimately, is why Warner Bros. summoned a crew of journalists and naysayers to report on a movie that has not yet released any official stills, is barely weeks into shooting, and won’t be out until next November. The message was clear, and the principals stuck closely to it: The creative team behind the DC Cinematic Universe has heard your complaints, and the grim fog that suffused Snyder’s last two superhero movies is about to lift.
There is an overlooked dedication here from Zack, as they clearly point out he’s been giving all his time to budding this cinematic universe and wants it to succeed. Hopefully, he’s taken the advice fans and the community have given him, making the changes needed to more of cohesive and worthwhile adventure for these characters.
Producer Deborah Snyder reiterating that with her own comments about the learning experience from Batman v Superman.
“Listen, every film is a learning experience,” she explained. “We hear what everyone has to say because we care what the fans say.”
“If every film is a learning experience,” I asked her, “then what did you learn from Batman v Superman?”
She paused, and let a rueful smile slip out. “The main thing we learned, I think: People don’t like to see their heroes deconstructed.”
It remains to be seen if they’ll be able to make everyone happy with Justice League, but from the sounds of things the studio and creative team are putting more of an effort not to making another grim and dour affair. I also don’t know if changing the tone will fix having the same writer behind this script, as it’s more than likely going to happen similar issues again.
I still think the studio officially turning the Justice League two-parter into a single standalone event proves a little they’re a bit nervous, and a little unsure about a second film with Snyder at the helm. Of course, the film could be a huge success from all aspects and he could be asked to return, but at the moment it feels like WB is taking less of a risk by only paying for one massive film instead of two.
A second thing that gives the impression WB is still nervous about this film’s outcome and community buzz, is that a set visit is usually posted months after they take place. Most of the time just before the release date. Here, it was only days afterwards another sign of damage control, and a smart one on their part.
Justice League will have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con next month, it’s release date set for November 2017.