Asked by the Los Angeles Times whether he reprises the role in "Justice League," the actor explained that although he'd been approached about a cameo in the Zack Snyder film, the schedules didn't mesh. "And really, what do you need the newspaperman in 'Justice League' for?" Fishburne added. "You want to see the Flash. You want to see Aquaman. You want to see Wonder Woman. You want to see the Lantern."
However, he didn't stop there, offering his own assessment of the Marvel-versus-DC movie debate.
"We’ve been waiting 35 years for these [characters] to show up on the screen," Fishburne continued. "What were they doing over there? Marvel has been kicking their ass. This is the comic-book geek in me, who has a collection of comic books. I’ve been waiting to see these people on-screen forever."
That said, he admitted he was surprised by the backlash to "Batman v Superman," which grossed more than $873 million worldwide but received mostly negative reviews from critics, and divided audiences.
"Look, I love what Zack Snyder does," Fishburne said. "Jesse Eisenberg, this little nebbishy guy, as Lex Luthor? For me, that’s a genius move. And the whole thing with Martha Kent and Martha Wayne? I don’t know, man, I must be sentimental but that’s some heartwarming [stuff] to me. So I don’t get it."
Arriving Nov. 17, "Justice League" stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Supermanm, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.