Batman v Superman had some great moments, but overall, it was the hottest of messes when it came to setting up DC’s cinematic universe. Most people agree on that, so when even Alfred Pennyworth himself chimes in, he’s preaching to the choir. Thankfully though, he says Justice League won’t have that same problem.
Speaking to British tabloid The Daily Mail over the weekend, Irons became the latest vocal critic of Batman v Superman’s myriad failures, taking aim at the movie’s overtly convoluted pacing and agreeing that the film deserved the scathing press it received:
I mean it took £800 million, so the kicking didn’t matter but it was sort of overstuffed…
It was very muddled. I think the next one [Justice League] will be simpler. The script is certainly a lot smaller, it’s more linear.
[Note: Irons probably mean $800 million, which is closer to the film’s $871 million takings, rather than the equivalent in Pounds Sterling—which is closer to $1.2 billion.]
These possible changes make sense—after all, to bring up the Marvel comparison, the first Avengers movie is about as by-the-books-basic as you can get. Introduce heroes, introduce threat, heroes team up, explosions happen, the end. In essence, that’s all Justice League needs to be, too. Even though it’s going to be setting up a lot—the vast majority of the standalone movies that Avengers could stand on are going to be coming after Justice League, with Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg all building on the story of that film—all it really needs to do is have the World’s Finest heroes come together and punch Darkseid in the face for a few hours.
Or Steppenwolf. Or whoever shows up! Let’s hope Irons is right about this smaller, simpler script—we’ll find out when Justice League Part One drops next year.