The cast of the live-action Justice League is probably one of the most well-known and heavily scrutinized casts for any comic book adaptations. We even saw most of the main characters doing their cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In this article, we will look at how Zack Snyder finalized the core cast of Justice League and the public’s reaction to these castings.
Zack handpicked each actor based on how he imagined actors to portray each character in the Justice League film. For example, he re-introduced Aquaman’s character and portrayed him as a fierce superhero instead of the joke of a character he used to be in the past.
Justice League Cast
This section will discuss the cast of Justice League one by one.
Superman is played by Henry Cavill, who has now become the face of the character across all media. The fans love him, and the critics also praise him. He has even gone on to get a cult-like following with several trends on Twitter like #Henry_Cavill_Is_Our_Superman. However, the fans have always criticized Warner Bros. for under-utilizing the star and not giving him much screen time.
After his debut in Man of Steel, Henry did not play any prominent role in the future DCEU movies. He was supposed to be the main lead in Justice League sequels, but after the Joss Whedon fiasco, that also did not happen. Man of Steel sequel was also planned with Brainiac set to be the villain. But this project was also scrapped in favor of an alternate Superman version that did not star Henry to widespread public criticism.
Henry Cavill gained a lot of muscle for this role and did not use a body suit of any kind, stating that it would disrespect his character. He has become extremely popular around the globe and is universally recognized as Superman.
After the ending of Nolan’s trilogy, Ben Affleck was announced as the next Batman. Zack wanted to portray an older Batman inspired by “The Dark Knight” comics by Frank Miller. The initial reaction to Affleck’s casting was mixed to negative. Some people welcomed this decision, while others criticized it based on Ben’s previous superhero outing as Daredevil.
He made his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and was portrayed as a paranoid person fearful of what Superman might do if he ever loses control. The film might have received mixed reactions on its release, but Ben impressed both critics and the public.
Even veteran Batman actors like Kevin Conroy praised his performance not only as Batman but as Bruce Wayne. His take on both the characters is considered one of the most balanced performances of The Dark Knight and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne.
3. Wonder Woman
When Gal Gadot was announced as the next Wonder Woman, the casting was immediately criticized by everyone. The main reason behind this was that Gal at the time of this casting was still relatively unknown. Secondly, fans pointed out that she did not fit the standards of an Amazonian physique.
However, Gal proved everyone wrong and awed critics and the public with her performance as Wonder Woman. His extended cameo in BvS: Dawn of Justice was very well received and was one of the positive highlights from the movie. Her stand-alone film became a massive commercial and critical success.
Nobody can imagine Wonder Woman without Gal Gadot now and she was even praised by Lynda Carter, the actress who previously portrayed the role.
Before the Justice League film, Aquaman was never taken seriously in the comic book fraternity. He was treated as a third-grade superhero who only had superpowers in water and was literally powerless on land. His costume was even more ridiculed.
However, all of this changed when Zack chose Jason Momoa to portray the role of Aquaman. His masculine body, macho looks, and serious angry demeanor re-defined the character. Momoa’s portrayal of the role was also very well received. As a result, his stand-alone film became the first DCEU film to earn a billion dollars at the box office.
5. The Flash
Ezra Miller’s casting was similarly subjected to mixed reactions, but we saw genuine appreciation of his portrayal in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. In the theatrical version of the Justice League, Miller’s role was toned down.
His performance, however was very well received in both the versions of the film. But the Snyder Cut gave the character some well-deserved screen time to explore his backstory.
Ray Fisher was also not very famous in Hollywood when he was casted to play the role of Cyborg. But he delivered an exceptional performance as Cyborg. Ray Fisher also remained in the headlines for pointing out abusive and racist behavior of Joss Whedon on set. He even claimed that this behaviour was enabled by executives like Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada himself.
This prompted an internal inquiry and provided more momentum to the #Release_The_Snyder_Cut movement and ultimately saw the release of Zack’s version on HBO Max.
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