Justice League has been touted as a much brighter film than its predecessor Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now, second unit director Damon Caro says the film is a "rebirth of hope," and that that was always the plan for Justice League.
"The arc was Batman v Superman was the midway point and the darker movie," Caro explained to Heroic Hollywood. "Hence what happens at the end; the whole tone of it was darker. If you play your story all at one level, there are no peaks and valleys, there’s no life. The great stories, the Greek tragedies, even life we have to be knocked down before we can build our way up. Justice League was always the rebirth of hope and the rise."
Caro went on to compare the arc of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League to that of the Star Wars trilogy, with Justice League as the trilogy's more hopeful end. A choice, he claims, was in place before even Man of Steel was finished.
"People try to say that it’s a response to the backlash, and I’d definitely say that criticisms were heard, but it’s not like we threw everything out and started with a blank slate. It’s a bit like Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back? Dark movie! But then Return of the Jedi is the rise and the rebuilding of hope."
Justice League is scheduled for a November 17 theatrical release.