TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - September 18, 2017
We're less than two months away from finally getting to see the Justice League assembled for the first time on the big screen, and excitement for the film is decidedly muted. I think more people are excited for Thor: Ragnarok, honestly, and I don't blame them. That movie seems like a lot more fun. Nevertheless, this is still the first time Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the rest will join forces in a movie, so it's kind of a big deal.
In a new interview with US Weekly, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot spoke about their characters of Batman and Wonder Woman, and how much they've changed since the last time we've seen them in action. Gal Gadot lets us know that her Diana is older and wiser and perpetually fresh from the fight...
"She’s grown up — it’s been a century, after all! She’ll bring her specific qualities to a group dynamic, and she understands the enemy better than anyone else."
This is true. Gadot's Wonder Woman is now 2 for 2 in battling giant fiery cgi monstrosities, she's got experience in this. She went on to describe her dynamic with Affleck's Bruce Wayne/Batman thusly...
"Since they’ve fought together, they know each other’s strengths. They also understand the hope Superman stood for, that was lost [when he died], so they feel that more than the others."
Affleck, conversely, describes his character the way a retail manager might deliver his end of year self-review, lots of demonstrating accountability and taking a more active mentoring role with some of the younger members of the team...
"In Batman v Superman, he was at the end of his rope," Affleck explains. "But in Justice League he’s finding hope again. He has to open up and play well with others. He knows he needs them. He’s sort of the ultimate loner, but he’s really trying to make it work and develop a good relationship with all of them. He might be a mentor to The Flash."
Zack Snyder's heroes have a problem. They're always a film behind in that whole "being a hero" thing. It took all of that death and destruction in Man of Steel for Superman to realize he shouldn't be such a dick. Batman had to come within seconds of ending Superman's life in Batman v Superman to realize he shouldn't be such a dick. I'm glad they're both done being dicks at least.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17.