If there is one movie this year that has people more than a little worried, it's Justice League. With four movies leading up to it and only one of them being a critical and commercial success, it's on this movie to stick the landing for the DC Extended Universe. Ben Affleck spoke to the New Zealand Herald and revealed that he is very aware of how much pressure is on this movie to be good.
"I think there's definitely a lot of expectation around this movie. But to put it on a more humble note, there are a lot of other people out there making really good movies too, so we're playing in a bigger pool with bigger contenders now. It's a lot of pressure. But I haven't worked on a movie where I haven't felt that pressure to do well," he adds earnestly. "I've never gone into anything and thought, 'Ah, f*** it, I'm sure it will be fine'. Do you know what I mean? I think once you take that attitude you're heading down a really bad path."
Affleck went on to say that this is a different Batman than the one we saw in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We're talking about a Batman that has changed the way he approaches being a hero because of Superman's impact.
"Yeah, he's in a more existential place, reflecting back on his life, the choices he's made and realising that he hasn't always done what's morally right in his quest to make the world safer, or better," acknowledges Affleck. "He's compromised a lot along the way and he's at a point where he's taking stock of that, wondering what kind of a life he's led and what kind of a legacy he wants to leave behind. I think that's interesting; that was one of the things I really liked about playing him again, this time."
When it comes to co-star Gal Gadot and her portrayal of Wonder Woman, Affleck has kind words for her — although he doesn't seem to understand the point of the original character.
"Gal has done an amazing job with this character," Affleck says. "She's transformed Wonder Woman from a cartoon caricature in a bikini, with an invisible jet, into a truly inspiring, kick-ass heroine. It's the same with all these guys in this movie – they've all raised the bar with their performances. I have the utmost admiration and respect for them and what they achieved."
Wonder Woman has always been a badass, inspiring hero, Mr. Affleck. While Gadot has completely owned the role and appears born to play it (much like Christopher Reeves was to Superman or Chris Evans is to Captain America), the character has always been great.
Summary: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder, stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Henry Cavill. It will be released on November 17th.