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The DCEU has never had a better hype man than Clerks director and eternal fanboy Kevin Smith. Over the last few years, the fat man who loves Batman has gone to bat for DC's film and television projects time and time again -- imploring us to see the silver lining in everything. It's something that he has become incredibly adept at, and his latest public statement urges all of us to maintain House of El levels of hope that Justice League will learn from the mistakes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He explained:
It looks like (Warner Bros. and DC Comics) heard that loud and clear and everything that was missing or perceived to be missing from Batman V Superman seems like it's in full display on Justice League, so I'm on board. I was already on board, but I'm very happy to see that they're taking that direction.
It was already on the tip of everyone's tongues; Kevin Smith simply had the gumption to say it. While speaking recently with Canoe about anything and everything related to geek culture, Kevin Smith opened up about the overall direction of the DCEU and asserted the notion that the folks at DC and Warner Bros. completely get it. They understand the divisive nature of Batman v Superman, and they're doing something about it. By his own assessment, everything missing from Dawn of Justice seems to be "on full display" in the early Justice League footage, and that should prove enough to get even the staunchest of haters on board.
If you've seen the Justice League footage from San Diego Comic-Con, then you already know what he's talking about. The whole affair looks like a far more faithful adaptation of the classic Justice League, with ample amounts of humor and banter between heroes while still feeling like proper representation of each character, giving it a light-hearted and mainstream appeal. Even Ben Affleck's Batman gets to smile at least once.
We should also take note of the fact that the recent, divisive reception to David Ayer's Suicide Squad may not even be wholly indicative of what we can expect from the future of the DCEU. Warner Bros. and DC realized they had a problem on their hands with the lukewarm response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and they recently made some serious behind-the-scenes changes to their creative team (particularly with the promotion of Geoff Johns) in order to reshape the future of their superhero universe. The problem is that these changes in many ways came too little too late for Suicide Squad, and as such we likely won't truly get a chance to see the DCEU's new direction until Wonder Woman hits theaters next year. Stay patient, fanboys.
Whether or not there's any truth to this matter remains to be seen, but we have to say that we find Kevin Smith's optimism utterly infectious. We will bring you more information related to anything and everything DC as more news becomes available to us; Justice League will hit theaters on November 17, 2017.