This year sees both Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” hit cinemas, both films a part of the growing DC Extended Universe.
So far Snyder’s two previous films have set the template for this universe, not just the tone but also the look created by cinematographer Larry Fong who has given us richly dark, grainy and undersaturated visuals which offer a stylised and almost noirish feel.
Jenkins’ ‘Woman’ will buck that trend a bit with the Themyscira scenes looking brightly sunny and lusciously rich in color, and the WW1 scenes seemingly more sepia toned and done like a war film.
So what about ‘League’? Everyone involved has talked up how the new film offers a lighter and more playful tone than Snyder’s previous movies, will the cinematography reflect that?
The film’s cinematographer Fabian Wagner, the man who was also behind the two key ‘Jon Snow in battle’ episodes of “Game of Thrones” over the past two seasons (“Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards”), has posted on his Instagram on Friday that Fong’s work inspired his work on ‘League’ and seems to suggest it will match the previous two films as much as possible:
Last year I was fortunate enough to work with Zack Snyder on his new movie 'Justice League'. I had always been a fan of his work and of his long time cinematographer Larry Fong. I tried to put my own stamp onto it but Larry's dark and beautiful lighting was a huge source of inspiration. I had the best time working with all of those guys #justiceleague #zacksnyder #larryfong
Snyder himself reassured fans a new trailer is “coming soon don’t worry,” while filmmaker James Cameron in a new interview has praised Snyder as an inspiration for him and for pioneering a new “cinematic language” with his movies.