What We Learned From the 'Justice League' Press Eventby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 11 months ago
The 'Justice League' cast of assembled in London ahead of the release of the movie to discuss the differences between working with directors Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, the underlying message of the film, and what they stole from the Batcave.
Asked what it was like when the Justice League cast members were together on set for the first time in full costume, Jason Momoa (Aquaman) admitted: “I geeked out. I was walking around Ben [Affleck] and pulling his cape, thinking it’s just surreal that I’m even here around these guys.”
"I was like, 'Who the *** keeps pulling on my cape?,'" joked Affleck. The Batman actor added: “In these movies where there’s a lot of effects and green screen, it was great to be around all these great actors, dressed the way they were dressed, looking so cool and inspiring. It felt considerably less ridiculous.”
Message of Hope
Asked what audiences could take from Justice League in the current climate, Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot said: “In the real world, we don’t fight monsters, we don’t have alien attacks. It’s us creating the problem, and I think it would be wonderful if us humans could get together and come together, and just be and do good to each other, and try to make to make the world a better place.”
Superheroes In and Out of Costume
Despite the Man of Steel being killed in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, actor Henry Cavill was sat at the end of the panel.
He recalled: “On the days I visited the set, because I’m not in the movie, I actually was lucky enough to see all these guys lined up in costume. During Man of Steel, I never imagined I’d be sitting up here with these other superheroes. They are superheroes in the movie and superheroes in life, and I consider it a real honor to be sitting at the end of this line.”
Who Stole From the Batcave?
Two of the Justice League admitted to walking away with more than just a great moviemaking experience. “I did steal stuff from the Batcave,” admitted Ezra Miller, who plays The Flash, adding that he just took “little things.”
Momoa was more forthcoming and stated: “I’m a natural born thief. I took Bat bullets.”
Stick With Aquaman
Aquaman plays a pivotal role in Justice League, but Momoa wanted to assure fans that there was a lot more to come with his upcoming standalone movie.
“I want people to know that, in a year, you're going to understand where he came from; what happened to his mother, what happened to his father; and how he was treated in this world,” said Mamoa.
“There's a lot of layers to this guy, and I think once we do get to the solo film and you get to see the man who’s going to take responsibility and help the world, and become a king eventually. It’s coming. Just stick with it for a little bit longer.”
A Different Side to Batman
Affleck said he was pleased to play a slightly different Batman to the one we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“[The movie] does take us to a more traditional version of Batman seen in the Justice League comics, and his role with the Justice League versus the less traditional version in Batman v Superman where he was blinded by rage and wanted to take on Superman,” he said.
“So, it was a lot of fun for me; I also got to have a kind of a dry wit, I got to play off Ezra [Miller], which was a lot of fun because he's so funny and Bruce is always on the verge of exasperation. It was fun to show some other colors, for sure.”
The Curse of Cyborg
Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg in the movie, reflected on the conflict of his character, who is more machine than man after being rebuilt following an accident.
“Cyborg is super reluctant to join the team … He can’t take off his costume and just walk the streets and assume a different identity — he’s both Victor Stone and Cyborg, 24/7,” said Fisher.
"So balancing that duality within one’s self was a very interesting process. For me, it was a three-year process from start to finish with this film, which was absolutely necessary because the character is super deep. Being able to put aside negative notions about himself and become a part of a team is what this is all about. I hope it resonates with fans.”
Working With Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon took over finishing Justice League after Zack Snyder had to leave the director’s chair following a family tragedy. Affleck asserted that the finished film is very much Snyder’s vision.
“The movie is Zack’s DNA — he cast the movie and designed the movie,” explained Affleck. “We were fortunate that — when Zack was unable to continue — we got a guy who’s very accomplished in his own way, particularly in this genre, and he sprinkled some of his fairy dust on our movie and finished it.
"I don’t think there’s any way to go back and say: 'That’s a Joss scene, that’s a Zack scene.' They were both working together toward a common goal."
Hopes for Justice League
Asked what they hoped the audience would take away from the movie, each cast member had a different answer. Gadot said: “I hope they enjoy the movie, find it entertaining and watch Justice League 2 when there will be more to explore.”
Affleck said: “I hope people have fun, enjoy the ride, get as much enjoyment out of the camaraderie as we did in performing it.” Miller excitedly added: “That exhilaration when you see a film that you like and are excited and can’t sleep and think about it a lot. I hope some people have that.”
Fisher commented: “I sincerely hope people walk away from it and can feel what it was like for us to be a part of something so much larger than any one of us. I hope people walk away with a sense of fulfillment.”
The last word went to Cavill, who said: “For me, I hope people walk away from it first having enjoyed it and having had fun but more importantly to be inspired and walk away with a sense of hope.”