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