Justice League Crew Members Trumpet The Hopeful Tone Of DC Ensemble Movie; New Image Of The Batsuit Emerges

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Shortly before giving up directing duties on The Batman – he’s still attached to produce and star, for now – Ben Affleck likened the upcoming Justice League movie to the DCEU’s rebirth.

It’s a fairly accurate description, too; following the back-to-back disappointment of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. is banking on Zack Snyder’s ensemble movie to deliver the goods, and effectively fire their shared universe on track. Wary of repeating the same mistakes over again, we’ve heard reports in the past of WB brass reshuffling their deck to allow for a more light-hearted spin on DC’s finest heroes, and that’s something that really shone through in the Justice League Comic-Con trailer.

Now, as we inch ever closer to release, crew members Damon Caro and Bryan Hirota sat down with Heroic Hollywood to discuss the film’s hopeful tone. Assistant Director Damon Caro began by reflecting on Batman V Superman, claiming that the movie’s jet-black tone was fitting for the “midway point” of Snyder’s arc.

“The interesting thing is, on Man of Steel, in [Zack Snyder’s] head he had the storyline treatment of where they were going to go, and at the beginning of BvS it was even richer and deeper. The arc was BvS was the midway point and the darker movie. Hence what happens at the end; the whole tone of it was darker. If you play your story all at one level, there are no peaks and valleys, there’s no life. The great stories, the Greek tragedies, even life we have to be knocked down before we can build our way up.”

When asked about the underlying tone of Justice League, Caro echoed Affleck’s comments about the film being a “rebirth of hope.”

“Justice League was always the rebirth of hope and the rise,” he continued. “People try to say that it’s a response to the backlash, and I’d definitely say that criticisms were heard, but it’s not like we threw everything out and started with a blank slate. It’s a bit like Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back? Dark movie! But then Return of the Jedi is the rise and the rebuilding of hope.”

In related news, a new snap of Batman’s tactical suit has surfaced via Twitter (via Comic Book). Check it out below:

With Wonder Woman on course for June 2nd, Zack Snyder is expected to rally the Justice League in time for November 17th. A new trailer for the latter should be with us very soon indeed.