In the early days of the DC Extended Universe, all of the films released thus far have proven to be extremely divisive. While moviegoers constantly debate about the stories being told in the franchise, there is one area where most seem to be in agreement. The cast Warner Bros. has assembled to bring the Justice League to life have earned high marks, with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot stealing the show in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa promising to be great additions in next fall’s team-up. Many were excited by the footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 and can’t wait to see the heroes join forces.
Casting is undoubtedly an extremely vital aspect in any film, but it’s particularly pertinent for shared universes where multi-picture contracts and crossovers have become the norm. A bad fit can lead to a fan-favorite character being translated to the big screen poorly, disappointing several anxious to see one of their icons get the feature film treatment. Fortunately for the DC supporters, it sounds like that won’t be an issue as the DCEU continues to grow, as all of the actors on board embody the metahumans they’re playing.
In an interview with Hey U Guys to promote her new movie Keeping Up With The Joneses, Gadot was of course asked about her experiences making Justice League. As one would expect, she had very positive things to say about her co-stars:
“They’re all different and great. Working with such a big cast and having so many different personalities on set every day, it was super interesting. They’re lovely people. It’s funny because literally each and every one of them is the character in a weird way. Henry [Cavill] has this goodwill and is polished and is pure. Ben is more cynical and more dark and more Batmany… you have all of them and it was great fun. And I really enjoyed working with them.”
Viewers still have a ways to wait before seeing the complete picture, but what’s been shown from Justice League to day certainly supports Gadot’s quote. Barry Allen is known for being a more comedic figure in the DC Universe, and Miller provided some moments of levity in the trailer. The objective with the DCEU’s Aquaman is to make moviegoers take the character seriously, and Momoa’s tough-as-nails version is certainly no-nonsense. Much criticism has been lobbied Zack Snyder’s way for the way he’s handled the material so far, but the director has an eye for talent and has done a great job selecting thespians to flesh out this world. As stated above, the performances in Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad were rarely cited as issues – save for a few select ones.
Obviously, Gadot isn’t going to badmouth her fellow superheroes to the press, but her recollection of her time on set is definitely encouraging. She spent time with all the actors during principal photography and got to see their work firsthand, meaning she was in a great position to judge their turns. It will be fascinating to see how each team member is presented as WB revs up the marketing efforts next year, but so far, fans have plenty of reasons to feel excited about the future of the DCEU.