It's safe to say that the DC Extended Universe hasn't seen much critical success since it's beginning with 2013's Man of Steel, which received mixed reviews from critics. Warner Bros.' next two efforts, 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, were also largely panned by critics and audiences alike. Things finally turned around for the cinematic universe with the release of 2017's Wonder Woman, which is actually receiving some Oscar buzz.
The struggles of the DCEU are not lost on the stars of the franchise, however. For his part, Superman star Henry Cavill believes the previous films have made "the right mistakes."
In an interview with The Rake, Cavill expanded on that sentiment. "Even if Marvel didn’t exist, we’d struggle," he said. "There was a style they were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn’t necessarily worked."
"Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn’t given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer. … I feel like now the right mistakes have been made and they haven’t been pandered [to], and we can start telling the stories in the way they need to be told," he continued. "It is even better to come back from a mistake or stylistic error into the correct vein because it will make it seem that much stronger. Wonder Woman was the first step in the right direction."
"I think it is a wonderful time for the female hero," Cavill said of Gal Gadot's hero. "It is the perfect setting in social politics right now, we need it, we want that perspective, and Wonder Woman has struck at the ideal time and has become a phenomenal success, which is fantastic. Any success within the superhero universe, especially within the DC universe, is wonderful, because I want to keep telling the Superman story; selfishly, that works for me."
Justice League opens on November 17 and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.