After the disappointing critical and commercial results of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. was hoping to turn their DC Extended Universe (DCEU) around with a strong showing for Suicide Squad. While the movie ended up breaking box office records with $133.6 million, it was another critical failure, posting a 26% score on Rotten Tomatoes, almost identical to Batman v Superman's 27% take. The DCEU will continue next year with Wonder Woman and Justice League, which is currently filming, and it seems the bad press for Suicide Squad is motivating the Justice League cast to perform even better.
Production began on Justice League in mid-April, with the cast and director Zack Snyder taking a break from filming to showcase the first trailer at Comic-Con. While the trailer garnered some positive buzz in Hall H, many fans remain skeptical about the DCEU, after Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad failed to impress. MTV caught up with Ezra Miller, who stars as The Flash in Justice League and even has a brief cameo in Suicide Squad, who revealed that the negative response to Suicide Squad has served as a motivation for the Justice League cast.
"You needn't look any further than the Suicide Squad director and cast response to the negative reviews to feel how negative critiques motivate us. Ultimately, we can't base anything on [the critical response]. As artists, we aim to please absolutely everybody with our work, but we also know that we have to keep expressing ourselves as best as we can express ourselves. It's like that T.I. song, 'Motivation.'"
Ezra Miller made his DCEU debut as The Flash with two important cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he also made a surprise appearance in Suicide Squad, in another brief cameo where it's revealed that The Flash is responsible for bringing in the nefarious Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney). Last week, it was revealed that Zack Snyder himself directed this scene, but Ezra Miller clarified that it was a collaboration between both Zack Snyder and Suicide Squad filmmaker David Ayer. Here's what Ezra Miller had to say below.
"Saying that Zack [Snyder] shot it would not be accurate. It was very much a collaborate effort that was supervised by DC. It was collaborative with David [Ayer]."
There was also a post credit scene in Suicide Squad that showed Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) acquiring files on all of the Justice League members from Amanda Waller, presumably so he can track them down and recruit them for his big superhero team. Ezra Miller's The Flash, Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Ray Fisher's Cyborg were first scene in brief appearances in Batman v Superman, through footage Bruce Wayne stole from Lex Luthor's database. It isn't known how long production is supposed to last for, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates on Justice League.