It’s no secret that, with the exception of Wonder Woman, previous movies within the DCU are critical flops.
Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad may have all performed well at the box office (to an extent), but they weren’t the critical darling Wonder Woman was for Warner Bros. Those involved with the DCU are aware of Wonder Woman’s ability to break out of the mold set by those three aforementioned films. In a new interview with Rake Magazine, actor Henry Cavill (Superman) spoke about how the “right mistakes” have been made within the DCU for the team to move forward and jump off the success of Wonder Woman.
“We can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told,” Cavill told Rake Magazine. “It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction.”
Cavill spoke at length about the success of Wonder Woman, and how important it was to the future of the DCU’s success. He also addressed the pre-Wonder Woman world of the DCU. Cavill said there had been problems with the tone and style they were trying to achieve that wasn’t working critically. The actor proposed that even if Marvel Studios, their biggest competitor, hadn’t co-existed alongside Warner Bros. and the DCU, there would have been inescapable problems.
“Yes, it has made money, but it hasn’t been a critical success,” Cavill said about the DCEU. “It hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer.”
Cavill’s comments come after reports that Warner Bros.’ brought director Joss Whedon in to help director Zack Snyder make the movie more light-hearted and funny. Whedon famously directed the first two Avengers movies and reportedly had a big role in major reshoots the film faced.
Other actors involved with Justice League, including Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) have echoed Cavill’s comments. Affleck called criticisms of Batman v Superman’s darker tone “fair,” in an interview with Empire Magazine, adding that Justice League wouldn’t be a rehashing of that grimmer world.
Whether or not they pulled it off has yet to be seen. Justice League will be released on Nov. 17.