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– by Lyle Smith

It’s safe to say that the most recent two DC Extended Universe movies (Batman v SupermanSuicide Squad) have been panned to death by both fans and critics alike, leaving many people eager to see if WB can fix the beloved universe. Some think that ship has already sailed, while others (myself included) are a bit more cautiously optimistic. 

Nonetheless, despite a shaky development process, WB seems to be intent on moving forward, as they have a half dozen films slated for the big screen over the next few years. 

One of the people at the center of all this controversy is, of course, Zack Snyder, director of the first two DCEU films.. Though he has certainly been the lightning rod of hate for fans, the director is hoping to finally give fans what they want with his next film due out this November: Justice League. It’s pretty much do or die at this stage. 

Speaking to USA Today, Snyder briefly talk about the newest additions to the DCEU and what they can bring.

“The thing that’s awesome about these icons is that a lot of them we haven’t seen in the movies before on the big screen.”

These icons are of course The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and the current fan favorite, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), all of which have only seen small screen adaptations, including the CW’s Smallville and The Flash.

“It’s kinda fun to really let them stretch their legs and inhabit those characters.It is a process to make a team out of this group of individuals, but for the greater good maybe they can put their differences aside.”

Snyder also hinted at a less-broken, more “complete” version of Batman, which certainly seems to be the case judging by what we have seen in the newest Justice League trailer.

“He’s been a loner for certainly his crime-fighting career, maybe with the exception of Robin. When we meet him in BvS, he’s definitely at this low point of isolation. That was always our intention, that Justice League would be this continuation for Batman to evolve into a more complete hero.”

Though the Man of Steel will obviously play a major role in the second half of the film (anyone involved in the film that says otherwise is just being coy), the Justice League helmer touched on life without Superman.

“It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it. It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of Justice League: What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need? All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.”

To me, it wasn’t the gloominess of Batman v Superman that was the biggest problem, it was the lack of character depth and emotional attachment that hurt the film, so it will be interesting to see if The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman can bring some life into the DCEU.

Based on what you’ve seen so far, do you think it’s still possible to inject some charisma and likability into the universe? Let us know in the comments down below!

Justice League hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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SOURCE: USA Today