Laurence Fishburne is a busy, busy man nowadays, and the demand for his acting talent is high, so it was not that surprising when it seemed as though they did not call him back to action for ‘Justice League, especially when the movie was already so jam-packed with characters, and Perry White and the Daily Planet were not exactly poised to take center stage, especially since Superman was going to spend a good portion of the movie “dead.” However, fans might be surprised to learn that the vaunted actor was actually asked to come back for the film, but it was actually his own busy schedule that prevented him from making an appearance.
According to a recent interview with the LA Times about why he and his character will not be appearing in ‘Justice League,’ Fishburne had the following to say:
“They asked me to come for a day, but I couldn’t work it out, schedule-wise… And really, what do you need the newspaperman in Justice League for? You want to see the Flash. You want to see Aquaman. You want to see Wonder Woman. You want to see the Lantern. We’ve been waiting 35 years for these [characters] to show up on the screen. What were they doing over there? Marvel has been kicking their ass. This is the comic-book geek in me, who has a collection of comic books. I’ve been waiting to see these people on-screen forever.”
And while addressing the backlash to ‘Batman V Superman,’ Fishburne stated:
“Look, I love what Zack Snyder does. Jesse Eisenberg, this little nebbishy guy, as Lex Luthor? For me, that’s a genius move. And the whole thing with Martha Kent and Martha Wayne? I don’t know, man, I must be sentimental but that’s some heartwarming [stuff] to me. So I don’t get it.”
While I do not necessarily agree with the man’s thoughts about ‘Batman V Superman,’ I do have to appreciate his loyalty to the franchise, and hope that loyalty is rewarded when he and his character are brought back in the future, as so far Perry White really has not had much to do in either ‘Man of Steel’ or ‘Batman V Superman,’ at least not anything particularly important to the main plot of the movie.
What do you think about Fishburne being absent from ‘Justice League’? Is there a chance the man took a break due to the negative criticism received for every DCEU film so far, or should we take him at his word? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)