Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller are in a league of their own in most ‘sur­real’ su­per­hero movie yet

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Since it be­gan in 2013 with Man of Steel, Warner Bros.’ DC ex­tended cin­e­matic uni­verse has been care­fully lay­ing out a story that has led to a big screen Jus­tice League movie.

It’s a film that stars Gal Gadot (Won­der Woman) and Ezra Miller (The Flash) both say fans are go­ing to go “pretty wild over.”

Set in the months af­ter the events of last year’s Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice, Jus­tice League finds Bat­man (Ben Af­fleck) and Won­der Woman re­cruit­ing a team that in­cludes Aqua­man (Ja­son Mo­moa), The Flash and Cy­borg (Ray Fisher) to bat­tle Step­pen­wolf (Ciaran Hinds).

Su­per­man (Henry Cav­ill) also ap­pears.

Jus­tice League is the fifth film in the DCEU and is DC’S an­swer to Marvel’s Avengers.

But it hasn’t been a smooth ride.

Af­ter Man of Steel, the stu­dio re­leased last year’s Bat­man v Su­per­man and Sui­cide Squad — both of which were de­rided by crit­ics, but hits with fans.

But backed by Gadot and di­rec­tor Patty Jenk­ins, this sum­mer’s Won­der Woman in­fused DC’S movie uni­verse with heart­felt hu­mour and badassery, putting its sprawl­ing, in­ter­con­nected DCEU back on track.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d get the re­ac­tion and the re­sponse that we’re get­ting,” Gadot tells Post­media Net­work in an ex­clu­sive Cana­dian print in­ter­view.

“That was in­cred­i­ble to me.” Now, Jus­tice League — which is di­rected by Zack Sny­der with film­maker Joss Whe­don adding some fin­ish­ing touches — brings the DC char­ac­ters to­gether in one gi­ant film, and lays the foun­da­tion for Warner Bros.’ up­com­ing su­per­hero film slate that in­cludes next year’s

Aqua­man, solo Bat­man and Flash movies, Shazam!, Black

Adam (with Dwayne John­son), se­quels to Su­per­man, Won­der Woman and the Sui­cide Squad, and more.

“It’s go­ing to be very ex­cit­ing,” Gadot says.

Clearly brim­ming with en­thu­si­asm about the fu­ture of DCEU, Gadot and Miller sounded off on an early Sun­day morn­ing about Jus­tice

League’s choice of vil­lain, the suc­cess of Won­der Woman and what fans can ex­pect in the years ahead. Step­pen­wolf is one of DC’S ear­li­est vil­lains and he was cre­ated by the late Jack Kirby. What did you think of him as the main an­tag­o­nist for the Jus­tice League to face off against? Ezra Miller: You know Step­pen­wolf is this an­cient myth­i­cal force of evil. So he’s a deeply ex­cit­ing char­ac­ter to have face-off against the Jus­tice League. In the comic books, the Jus­tice League has of­ten come to­gether to deal with (alien) in­va­sions. The ori­gin story of the Jus­tice League in the orig­i­nal comic book se­ries dealt with them fight­ing off the Ap­pel­lax­i­ans. So Step­pen­wolf’s a great char­ac­ter for the team to go up against. In Bat­man v Su­per­man and Sui­cide Squad there were sev­eral an­tag­o­nists. In Jus­tice League, there’s only one bad­die. Did you like that it was slimmed down in that way?

Gal Gadot: When you sim­plify a story, es­pe­cially the ones we’re ex­plor­ing in the Jus­tice League, where there’s so much go­ing on with the vil­lain and the end of the world and the fact that we’re in­tro­duc­ing three new char­ac­ters, I think it was a smart call to limit the vil­lain to just one per­son.

Joss Whe­don came in and helped com­plete the film. What did he add to the fin­ished prod­uct? Miller: Zack put eight years of work into this and in the ab­sence of our beloved cap­tain, Joss very gen­er­ously vol­un­teered to com­plete Zack’s vi­sion. Re­ally, we all wanted to ful­fill that.

Gadot: I think Joss def­i­nitely left his mark on the movie. Ezra, what was it like for you when you put on that Flash cos­tume for the first time?

Miller: It’s been an hon­our to be a part of such an in­cred­i­ble legacy of such won­der­ful sto­ries. I was ex­cited when I first even saw a com­puter-gen­er­ated im­age of the suit. Ev­ery stage of this has been truly mag­i­cal for me. Gal stole the show in Bat­man v Su­per­man, but I think peo­ple are go­ing to fall in love with the Flash. What is go­ing on with the solo Flash movie — Flash­point? Miller: It’s com­ing up. We are get­ting ready. It’s been a long process to make sure we’ll get it right, but Warner Bros. is be­ing very care­ful

with it and that’s some­thing I feel re­ally hon­oured by and it’s some­thing I ap­pre­ci­ate. But I’m stoked to get go­ing. I can’t re­veal specifics, but it is com­ing up re­ally soon.

Gal, Won­der Woman is now the high­est-gross­ing su­per­hero ori­gin movie of all time. What has that ride been like for you?

Gadot: It’s been an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence that’s still go­ing. I started to por­tray this char­ac­ter three years ago and I feel like I’ve been go­ing non-stop. Since its re­lease, I’ve done Q&A’S and screen­ings — all for Won­der Woman! When I first saw it, I told Patty (Jenk­ins) that she’d done a mag­nif­i­cent job. She’s such an amaz­ing con­duc­tor and she man­aged to cre­ate some­thing that’s re­ally unique and I’m proud to be a part of that. What was your favourite scene to shoot in Jus­tice League? Gadot: The first time all of us came to the set to­gether, dressed as the char­ac­ters. It was so sur­real and I just re­mem­ber stand­ing in a cor­ner and watch­ing ev­ery­one and I started to laugh out loud be­cause it was just so un­be­liev­able.

Miller: The scenes where we’re all in it to­gether re­ally stand out, es­pe­cially the ones where stunts were in­volved. There’s one fight scene that hap­pens in the mid­dle of the movie that I think fans are go­ing to love. I also sug­gest that they stay for the cred­its. Af­ter fans exit Jus­tice League, they’re likely go­ing to be say­ing: I can’t wait for Jus­tice League 2. Who would you want the team to go up against in

the se­quel?

Miller: The In­jus­tice League. I think I can speak for ev­ery­one in the League when I say that we’re ex­tremely ex­cited by the prospect of con­tin­u­ing this jour­ney. We don’t re­ally know for sure, and we’re usu­ally the last peo­ple to find out, but ... each of the he­roes in this movie has spe­cific neme­ses, and I think see­ing some in­car­na­tion of the In­jus­tice League (which in­cludes Lex Luthor, Joker, Death­stroke and more) would be some­thing that DC fans would be pretty stoked about.

Gadot: There’s so many good vil­lains in the DC uni­verse, but I would love to fight Chee­tah. She’s a girl and that could be very in­ter­est­ing. What should ex­cite fans most about DC’S up­com­ing slate of films? Miller: What’s su­per dope with DC right now is how its movies have played with very dif­fer­ent tones. Ob­vi­ously, there’s been com­men­tary and thought about DC movies go­ing for­ward. But what I think is re­ally amaz­ing is the va­ri­ety that’s at play and how DC is re­ally aim­ing to pro­vide a wide spec­trum of movies and to use these char­ac­ters to tell a lot of dif­fer­ent sto­ries in a lot of dif­fer­ent ways. There will be funny movies, fright­en­ing movies, deeply se­ri­ous dra­mas and then movies like our

The first time all of us came to the set to­gether, dressed as the char­ac­ters. It was so sur­real ...” Gal Gadot on her favourite scene to shoot in Jus­tice League

film, which I think bal­ances those tones in a new, in­ter­est­ing and com­pelling man­ner. That di­ver­sity in the way these he­roes will be fea­tured is re­ally ex­cit­ing.

Gadot: The DC movies we were ex­posed to ear­lier ex­plored Bat­man and Su­per­man. I think now we’re bring­ing new, ex­cit­ing char­ac­ters who are very dif­fer­ent from each other and ev­ery one of them has a unique flavour and story and back­ground that I think is go­ing to make (the DCEU) very in­ter­est­ing.

Gal Gadot as Won­der Woman.

Ezra Miller as The Flash.

The Jus­tice League

Miller, Gadot in Jus­tice League.

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