Six months on from the release of “Justice League” and there’s little question – it was a misfire at best. Earning $657 million off a near $300 million or so budget, financially it was a dud but could’ve been worse – a line that also sums up the critical response.
In the wake of that, Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to overhaul its DC Comics adaptation plans – team-up films are dropping back in favour of standalone films with less connectivity. It worked for “Wonder Woman” just fine, and hopefully the same will apply to “Aquaman” this December.
There’s also a push for another “Man of Steel” which Superman actor Henry Cavill has been keen for. In a new interview with Empire (via CBM) this week though, Cavill finally weighed in on the issues with “Justice League” and gave a measured response:
“I think all these things have their place and their time. There are many reasons why the audience have responded in the way they responded. It’s all lessons learned.”
He also touched upon how his facial hair caused so many headaches and the whirlwind that was ‘moustache-gate’:
“I was slightly surprised. When we decided to go for the moustache, I certainly wasn’t expecting all the events to unfold as they were going to unfold. I wasn’t expecting Justice League reshoots to be as extensive as they were.
When it came to that, it was one of those things where I’m in the middle of another movie, and to change my look for a movie that should have finished already becomes a real problem. And as you will see when the movie comes out, to have a fake moustache on would not have been a possibility. You’ll think, ‘Okay, yeah, a fake moustache would perhaps have been blown off in this situation.’ Unfortunately, it led to much dismay when Justice League came out, but that’s the nature of these things. You can’t win every time.”
He also touched upon his absence from the film’s marketing material, despite everyone knowing Superman would be in the film:
“Well, that whole concept was faintly ridiculous and I honestly believe everyone viewed it as such. Of course, if I’m on the press tour I’m in the movie. Obviously, you knew, and that was a different little tap dance we danced together. But for the audience, I wanted to leave some mystery. I think it’s important to have some mystery in movies these days.”
The comments come as filmmaker Chris McKay (“The LEGO Batman Movie”), who is attached to a potential “Nightwing” film in development, has had to deny reports over the weekend that Zac Efron has been cast in the role of the former Robin.
Additionally original “Justice League” director Zack Snyder has revealed in a Reddit chat that, unsurprisingly, the “Injustice” video game series was going to inspire a future arc should they have done a sequel.