Justice League star Henry Cavill says to call the film “light” in tone is an “injustice.” With less than two weeks to go before the release of the DC Extended Universe follow-up to 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans are getting anxious to see just how much Justice League differs from its predecessor, which got a mixed reception from both critics and fans. Among the criticisms of Batman v Superman, was that the tone of the film was too dark: especially since it was punctuated by what appeared to be the death of the Man of Steel at the conclusion.
Of course, some particles rising off the top of Clark Kent/Superman’s coffin signaled that Cavill would be back for the superhero sequel, but apart from what appears to be a dream sequence in the film’s final trailer, the actor has largely been missing in the footage and promotional materials from the film. Fans know Superman will definitely be back for Justice League, but the exact direction the character will take in the film remains an unknown.
At least with the trailers and the clips, fans have a good idea that when it comes to Superman’s superhero counterparts – Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) – that humor will be more a part of Justice League than Batman v Superman. However, as Cavill explained to Chris Van Vliet of WSVN-TV in a new interview, humor doesn’t necessarily equate to a lighter tone for the film. He says:
“The tone of the film – I’m not going to say it is light, because that would be doing it an injustice. It has a serious scenario with moments of humor and lightness peppered throughout.”
Cavill illustrated his point by comparing the humor of the members of the Justice League to the humor of soldiers in the military.
“When people are in bad situations, gallows humor does come into effect. Like guys in the armed forces, a lot of them have really bizarre senses of humor, and it gets [them] through, and we have those. We have those in this movie.”
Given the yet-to-be-revealed scenario involving Clark Kent/Superman in the film, it’s not completely out of reason to presume that his character’s storyline is a bit more serious than his counterparts, considering he’s returning after seemingly being slain by Doomsday in hard-hitting scene in Batman v Superman. So, looking at the story from Cavill’s point-of-view, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he views Justice League to be as light as other members of the cast have described it to be.
Chief among them is Miller, who as The Flash seems to be the biggest comic relief in the film, at least, again, judging the trailers and clips provided by the production so far. In addition, Miller said in an interview last month that the first time he met with director Zack Snyder, the helmer noted that Justice League would mark a transition into the lighter tone.
On top of that, fans are about the tone of the film since helmer Joss Whedon (who brought a lighthearted tone to the first two Avengers movies), who took over the director’s chores from Snyder after the helmer stepped down from Justice League because of a personal tragedy, although Miller also says Snyder was taking the film in a “Whedony” direction before he even left. Regardless, fans will find out for sure when Justice League opens in theaters November 17.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Justice League release date: Nov 17, 2017
Aquaman release date: Dec 21, 2018
Shazam! release date: Apr 5, 2019
Wonder Woman 2 release date: Dec 13, 2019