It seemed a little odd yesterday when a clip surfaced of Diane Lane apparently criticizing Justice League and stating that it would not be as good as The Avengers. Unsurprisingly, clarification of that comment is required. It seems that when Lane appeared to claim that Justice League would not be as good a film, what she was really saying was that she would not comment on how the two films would compare. Apparently, she's never even seen The Avengers. In part, the statement from her representatives reads...
In a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Diane Lane was asked by a caller if she would reveal some information about Justice League and if the film would be better than The Avengers. Her answer to both questions was "no," followed by the "sorry to disappoint" comment. At the time, it seemed she was saying she was sorry to disappoint that Justice League wouldn't be good, but this makes a lot more sense. The statement was provided to ComicBook.com who asked for comment.
The entire situation with Diane Lane's comments seemed odd, so we're far from shocked that this clarification came quickly. Diane Lane is a Hollywood pro and the idea that she would make a negative comment about her own movie before it was even finished simply didn't make sense. It's unlikely Lane would even know with any degree of certainty how the film is going to turn out, considering it doesn't get released for several more months.
Live shows like Watch What Happens can lead to interesting accidental confessions due to the live nature of the show but they can also lead to random flubs, and this appears to have been much more the second situation. Diane Lane may have simply not heard the phone call clearly over the speaker, it would be far from the first time something like that has happened, and thought she was answering a slightly different question. Certainly, if she's never even seen The Avengers then she can't answer a question that compares them, even if she was willing to do it with complete honesty.
In the end, the question of which movie is "better" isn't even that relevant. Fans want Justice League to be great, and it still can be. Even if many people still believe that The Avengers ends up better, that's not necessarily a knock on the overall quality of Justice League. They can both end up as great movies and we hope they will be. We'll find out when Justice League hits theaters November 17.
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