Sur­pris­ing suc­cess of Won­der Woman

JUS­TICE LEAGUE: Gadot and Miller say DC movies just get­ting started as he­roes and vil­lains emerge

The Province - - ENTERTAINMENT - MARK DANIELL MDaniell@post­ twit­

Jus­tice League, star­ring Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller, among other big names, hasn’t been a smooth ride.

Af­ter Man of Steel, Warner Bros. re­leased last year’s Bat­man v Su­per­man and Sui­cide Squad — both of which were de­rided by crit­ics. Then Won­der Woman, star­ring Gadot, put things 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.

Gadot and Miller sounded off on the suc­cess of Won­der Woman and what fans can ex­pect in the years ahead.

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.

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.

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 ful­fil that.

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.

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 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?

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.

Ezra Miller, left, Ben Af­fleck and Gal Gadot star in Jus­tice League, which hopes to cap­i­tal­ize on Won­der Woman’s unique level of suc­cess, in ad­vance of a se­ries of new DC movies planned for re­lease next year.

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