"Justice League" Was Not the Result of 'Some Sort of Corporate Mandate,' Says Snyder

Since "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" left theaters, rumors have indicated that Warner Bros. planned to shake up its direction for the DC Films Universe; though "Batman v Superman" earned more than enough for Warner Bros. to recoup its investment, widely negative reviews combined with the film's failure to cross $1 billion at the global box office have led it to be branded as a disappointment for the studio. Nonetheless, director Zack Snyder -- who is now shooting "Justice League" in London -- isn't feeling any pressure.

Asked if "Justice League" was more difficult to film due to corporate pressure, Snyder said, "I don't think so. I would just say that, for me, 'Batman v Superman,' I think there is a slight misconception about the shooting, anyway, about how much pressure there was on us and the pressure on the movie to perform in a certain way. From my point of view, and maybe just because I don't know how to do it any other way, we make really personal movies. For me, anyway, I love the characters. I love comic books -- maybe to a fault sometimes. Like, I dork out on these hardcore aspects of the comic books, because I'm a grown-up and I love that part of it."

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"I had a great time making the movie, and I don't think that Warner Bros., when we were shooting the movie, that there was some sort of corporate mandate to get Batman and Superman in the movie," he explained. "Chris [Terrio] and I kind of had that idea, and then it just so happened that that was a way toward 'Justice League' -- and it came along at a great time for us, as the studio was moving forward with the other DC titles and getting the DCU to exist."

"But I don't think the birth of 'Batman v Superman' was like some corporate conspiracy to sell tickets, or do whatever. I think it just became this great vehicle that had a lot of focus put on it because of where it ended up in the timeline, you know?" he concluded.

Opening Nov. 17, 2017, "Justice League" stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons and J. K. Simmons.

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