December 22, 2016: Charles Roven on Lighter Tone for “Justice League”

The Hollywood Reporter has published an interview with Producer Charles Roven, delving through his long career in the movie industry, while also touching on the slate of DC Comics based movies being produced by Warner Bros.

In regards to “Justice League”, coming out in November 2017, Roven explains, “We knew we were making a very serious, compelling, driving film with ‘Batman v Superman’. Now the bell has been rung and the whole tone of the movie is lighter.”

If there is a sequel to Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad, will the budgets be lower? They made less than the studio had hoped.

“‘Suicide Squad’ made almost $750 million. ‘Batman v Superman’ did $873 million. Those two movies were huge hits.”

You can read the full interview at The Hollywood Reporter website.

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Kal-Ed
Member

I personally enjoyed the dark tones of the film. Hope they won’t overdo the ‘light’ approach too drastically. But if I can make a suggestion, I’d rather they go with the Grant Morrisson JLA. It had the perfect blend of seriousness, fun, action and adventure.

DE-EL
Member

Me too. It added a real sense of emotional danger for Superman. And you’re right. Morrison’s JLA would make a great template for the film.

Thing is, I can’t help but think this was news BEFORE BVS came out. Terrio said something about a lighter tone and made comparisons to “The Empire Strikes Back”…

Kal-Ed
Member

With the stakes going high and many twists and turns before things get better kinda scenario. We were definitely left with a cliffhanger and wanting for more.

JasEl
Member

Good, these movies were too dark and gritty. There’s a line between serious and just depressing and WB has been on the wrong side of it. I just wanna see Superman smile for a change. And Flash is not a dark character. I’m not saying it has to go comedic with it, but give the broodiness a break already.

Kal-Ed
Member

I dunno. He was pretty much smiling with Lois in the bathtub :-P

Then again, what man wouldn’t!?

I’d like to think of Flash as the class clown of the bunch, ala Shane Black in Predator and Bill Paxton in Aliens, yet still finds solutions to a problem using quick thinking.

JasEl
Member
Yeah Clark about to get lucky is smile worthy for sure, but the only time we really see him smile, really see any kind of joy on his face as Superman is when he learns to fly for the first time in MOS. Just about every other scene of him in costume he has this really dour, intense look on his face and that just isn’t Superman to me. I’m not saying he should be flying around, cracking jokes, but he should be happy. Clark has always been a well adjusted guy, he helps people because it what he wants… Read more »
GodzillaofSteel
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I’ve enjoyed the serious and gritty tone of “Man Of Steel” and “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.” I’ve always wanted to see something like that in a superhero film, especially with Superman. With that said, I gladly welcome the change in tone to “lighter” as long as it’s not too much of a departure from what has already been established in the DC Cinematic Universe. I agree with Kal-Ed. They should go the route of Grant Morrison’s JLA. That would be the perfect blend of a lighter tone with seriousness and action. I think another film that did a… Read more »
Kal-Ed
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It still remains among many film lovers as an important piece of cinema as well as beloved for sticking to the source material. Not too broody and not too serious, yet lighthearted and full of action and remained realistic in regards to juvenile delinquency. Like every film, it had its flaws but still enjoyable. And yet…a JLA based on the Morrisson run is a personal favourite of mine. Every page drawn by Howard Porter and John Dell gave a true blockbuster feel and the interaction between all the characters involved felt so fresh and original. I loved all the Flash/Green… Read more »
redcape
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If there going to “lighten” it up a bit then hopefully it’ll be just within the dialog. As for Superman. They haven’t even called him Superman to his face one time. I have nothing wrong with his demeanor. I just don’t want them to go anywhere near Marvel’s story lines and character portrayals.

Gladiator
Member

What a dumbass reporter, saying that Suicide Squad and BvS made less than they were expected. How can he/she establish what is good or bad box office in front of the head of the company?!