What Joss Whedon Brought To Justice League, According To Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck in Justice League

It's almost hard to believe, but we're a little over a month away from the highly anticipated release of Justice League. The upcoming DC team up movie will introduce a handful of new heroes, while also bringing back the DC trinity from their first go in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But the film has not been without its share of drama, as director Zack Snyder had to depart the project after a family tragedy. The Avengers and Buffy The Vampire Slayer director Joss Whedon took over to finish the project, and now Ben Affleck has revealed what Whedon brought to the film.

Joss just brought to the movie what good directors bring, which is good taste. A sense of what's gonna work in the story and what isn't. An instinct for realism and for finding the humanity in the characters and the humanity in the conflict, then making it accessible and relevant. I think that's one of the things he did so well with Avengers, frankly. He really defined the tone, and it felt like a lot of the movies after that sort of fell into that tone that he created. It was a very tricky dance where you have all these people who can do all these fantastic things that's completely absurd on the face of it, and yet, a good storyteller like Joss brings us in, makes us identify with them, makes them seem real, and makes it interesting. A lot of guys know the comic books, a lot of people have that knowledge base. What Joss really has is talent.

Well, I just got chills. Ben Affleck's comments to SFX Magazine (via Comic Book) seems to tease a more character driven story than past DCEU installments. Joss Whedon and Zack Snyder's combined perspectives will provide a great mixture of action and heart, which is exactly what the DC Extended Universe is in dire need for.

Because while Zack Snyder always delivers visually stunning blockbusters, sometimes the characters can get a bit lost. This can surely be seen in Batman v Superman, where Clark Kent was basically a non-entity storywise. He tried to do some good and fought bad guys, but we still don't really know who the Man of Steel is.

But Joss Whedon is known for crafting interesting and funny characters in is projects. His work in The Avengers successfully set up the motley crew of heroes and their quirks, and eventually united the team in the film's fantastic final battle. If he's able to give the same attention to the members of the Justice League, then the film might finally be Zack Snyder's first win.

Justice League will arrive in theaters on November 17th. In the meantime, check out 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.