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To put it bluntly, ’Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ was a pretty bad movie. Though there was a small contingent that disagreed with that widely accepted consensus, plenty of people expressed their extreme displeasure with one of the most highly anticipated films of all time. In fact, such a large number of fans voiced their qualms with the film that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were forced to do some shuffling behind the scenes. So with ‘Justice League’ entering the production phase recently, just how much did that backlash affect Zack Snyder’s next tale from the DC Cinematic Universe? The filmmaker recently touched on that during a massive press event at the Leavesden, England set.

According to Vulture, Snyder revealed that he was very surprised by the reaction his last film received from the general public. However, the director shared that he has listened to the criticisms and has changed up his game plan for ‘Justice League’ accordingly. Though he wasn’t too specific about the things that have changed, Snyder did go on to say that the dark tone for the DC hero team-up would have changed regardless of how ‘Dawn of Justice’ was received:

“When ‘Batman v Superman’ came out, I was like, ‘Wow, okay, oof’. It did catch me off guard. I have had to, in my mind, make an adjustment. I do think that the tone of ‘Justice League’ has changed because of what the fans have said. You really had to dig down on the darker parts of them to make them fight each other. I really do believe that with this movie, with ‘Justice League’, they’ve been freed of the responsibility to be in a place where they would fight each other. That’s liberating for us in making the movie, because now we have a single enemy with a single objective, and it’s really about uniting the team. That, to me, is a fun activity.”

Based on the various reports coming from the outlets that were invited to the set, Snyder has truly changed things up for this movie. Although, time will really tell whether the new approach was a successful one since it’s still early on in the process and we have yet to even see a trailer, teaser, or even an official still at this point.

What do you think about Zack Snyder’s comments regarding the tone of ‘Justice League’? Are you glad to hear that he and his team are actively working to improve upon their last effort? Or do you still anticipate some missteps in next year’s epic DC blockbuster? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.

‘Justice League’ starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.

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