Michael McElhatton couldn’t possibly tell you anything about his role in Justice League.
He was very emphatic about this when asked in a recent red carpet interview about how he fits into Zack Snyder’s upcoming blockbuster. He just can’t say anything.
He then, of course, went on to give a lot of very specific details. Apparently dropping movie hints is fine as long as you protest a few times first.
According to McElhatton, who plays Roose Bolton in Game of Thrones, he’ll be showing up in a big, grand opening battle that feels somewhat out of place in a comic book movie.
We’ve seen a bit of this already, and based on the trailers, this high fantasy battle scene does have a very strong Lord of the Rings vibe to it. There’s little wonder why a Game of Thrones alum was brought on board for it.
What’s weird, though, is that McElhatton simultaneously describes the scene as dark to the point of being shocking, while simultaneously very, very funny.
This, also, feels familiar. Everyone involved with Justice League seems to be eager to mention the movie’s humor, as if doing so is written into people’s contracts. But humor mixed with gruesome Zack Snyder darkness, especially in a Game of Thrones inspired medieval fantasy battle, sounds confusing to say the least.
By this point, it’s almost redundant to suggest that the movie may well be tonally confused, but for as long as actors continue to insist that Justice League is both deathly serious and frivolously funny, it bears repeating. This movie is going to be a weird mix of studio intervention and trademark Zack Snyder grumpiness, and it’ll be interesting to see how it all fits together.
After all, if the only positive thing that Michael McElhatton can think to say about Snyder is that “he knows what he wants”, it’s worth approaching Justice League with caution.