Ben Affleck is more than aware of the not-so great reaction to last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” and in many ways he became the poster child for its faults with the Sad Affleck meme. This was despite Affleck’s turn in the role and film being one of the better-received elements of the movie.
Speaking about it again for the recent issue of Empire, Affleck himself admits its a fair call by those who really don’t like the film – saying it mainly doesn’t fit the tone of what people might expect from a Batman story:
“I can understand people saying [‘Batman v Superman’] was too dark, or this was outside the tone of what I’m used to seeing with a Batman story, and I think that’s a fair criticism.”
Affleck says the shift in tone with “Justice League” was planned before ‘Dawn of Justice’ came out:
“This was all scripted and set up before [‘Batman v Superman’] came out. The approach was changed anyway for the second one. It was natural progression. Zack wanted to make a movie that was more fun, that was a little bit light, that wasn’t so encumbered with heavy melodrama.”
The magazine also boasts a cover photo showing the members of the ‘League’ teaming up in a colorful shot. “Justice League” opens on November 17th.