Ben Affleck is acknowledging the negative fan reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — calling the criticism "fair" in a new interview. But the actor says the film's portrayal of Batman was part of a "natural progression" toward Justice League.
Talking to Empire to promote the November release of Justice League, the actor implied that because Batman v Superman was the first of two Zack Snyder-directed films (but overall third including Man of Steel), it was more of a transition and set up for the lighter, more humorous tone in Justice League.
"I can understand people saying [Batman v Superman] was too dark, or this was outside the tone of what I'm used to seeing with a Batman story, and I think that a fair criticism," Affleck said.
But the actor said Justice League "was all scripted and set up before that movie came out. The approach was changed anyway for the second one. It was a natural progression."
Affleck said "Zack wanted to make a movie that was more fun, that was a little bit light, that wasn't so encumbered with heavy melodrama. Gal Gadot, who also appears in the Empire article, agreed that "Justice League is not a dark or heavy movie. It doesn't have the weight Batman V Superman had."
Justice League opens November 17.