It goes without rehashing just how bad the negative reception for Batman v Superman was. It was almost universally panned (expect for those avid defenders). Yet the cast still stood by the movie and director Zack Snyder. But in the time since, after some self-scouting, a member of the cast has admitted to the criticism—sort of.
In an interview with Empire, Batman himself, Ben Affleck, fessed up to the criticism of Batman v Superman, primarily the dark tone a lot of people had a problem with.
“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,” opened up Affleck.
Going down the list of the problems with Batman v Superman, the dark tone would be at the bottom behind its bloated plot, disengaging characters and shoddy pacing, among others.
Ben Affleck along with rest of the Justice League cast have been open about their admiration for Zack Snyder, and you could tell that the overwhelmingly negative reception to Batman v Superman hurt them because it zeroed in on Snyder. That still doesn’t change the fact that the movie was bad, but it may be the only way of Affleck finally opening up and admitting the movie wasn’t great, even if he blames a non-important reason.
It is admirable of Affleck not to throw Snyder under the bus.
Affleck went on to say Snyder took a different approach with Justice League with a lighter tone without the “heavy melodrama.”
Here’s hoping Snyder and the rest of the cast made a better product with Justice League. We’ll find out for ourselves when it hits theaters November 17.