The su­per­hero world gets back on track

Af­ter 2013’s Man of Steel, Warner Bros. re­leased last year’s Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice and Sui­cide Squad — both de­rided by crit­ics. At that point, it looked like the Jus­tice League might be in trouble. Then Won­der Woman, star­ring Gal Gadot, put t

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Q Step­pen­wolf is one of DC’s ear­li­est vil­lains. What did you think of him as the main an­tag­o­nist for the Jus­tice League to face off against?

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 ... 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.

Q 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?

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.

Q Joss Whe­don came in and helped com­plete the film.

What did he add to the fin­ished prod­uct?

Miller Zack (di­rec­tor Sny­der, who left the film for per­sonal rea­sons) 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 ful­fil that.

Q 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 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 ... but I’m stoked to get go­ing. I can’t re­veal specifics, but it is com­ing up re­ally soon.

Q 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. When I first saw it, I told (di­rec­tor) 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.

Q 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.

Q 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 are 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.

Q What should ex­cite fans most about DC’s up­com­ing slate of films?

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, a.k.a. the DC Comics Ex­tended Uni­verse) very in­ter­est­ing.

WARNER BROS.

Ezra Miller, left, as The Flash, Ben Af­fleck as Bat­man and Gal Gadot as Won­der Woman star in Jus­tice League, which opens on Fri­day. The movie aims to cap­i­tal­ize on Won­der Woman’s suc­cess in ad­vance of a se­ries of new DC movies planned for re­lease next year.

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