Could Marvel and DC cross over on the big screen? The Justice League cast weighs in

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Nov 6, 2017

The press tour for the cast of DC Films' Justice League, the biggest event in the DC Extended Universe thus far, is now officially underway. That means for the next few weeks we'll be seeing Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher popping up all over the place to do interviews, play talk-show games and promote their flick. It also means they'll sometimes have to answer some weird questions.

In a series of interviews with Channel News Asia, the cast all got asked a version of the same question: Since DC and Marvel have crossed over in comics before, could they ever cross over in the film world.

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Obviously, none of the Justice League stars have the power to make that happen, and Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures are perhaps the two highest-profile rivals in the blockbuster business right now, but at the very least everyone was into the concept.

"I don't own Marvel or DC, so I'm not in a position to... but I think it would be great," Affleck said. "I'm sure if it could be successful for everybody, people would like to do it. I don't see why not. It's a great idea."

As for the heated online rivalry between the two companies, both in comic books and in films, Cavill got rather philosophical about it. For him, the duality of DC and Marvel is the key to the entire enterprise. To hear him tell it, they need each other.

"I think the rivalry lives in the fans moreso than it does in us," Cavill said. "For all of us who are making these movies or I'm sure for the comic book artists and writers, there have been rivalries in the past, but now it's just about celebrating these characters, certainly for us. I mean, I'm sure when it comes to deep finances, when it comes to DC and Marvel there's always going to be competition, yeah, but they need each other to survive as well. If one goes down that means superheroes aren't popular and you don't want that because if one goes down the other goes down."

For Momoa, who's quickly established himself as the most fun member of the Justice League ensemble thanks to numerous trailers, it would just be a good time. He'd particularly like to have a superhero bro-down with Marvel's most recently silly superhero: Thor.

"I would love to be [in a crossover,]" Momoa said. "Hell yeah! I mean like, Hemsworth, I love him. It's like, to be next to Thor, or even to be next to the Hulk. It's like, 'Oh, I’m going to take you out on the water and drown your ass.'"

Justice League will hit theaters in less than two weeks, less than a month after Marvel's latest effort: Thor: Ragnarok. That means the internet will be full of heated arguments (and just plain nasty comments) about which film, and which studio, is superior. For the cast of Justice League — who, if we're honest, already know they're starring in a hit — it seems important to set the tone that things are bigger than Marvel vs. DC. Gal Gadot, the year's breakout supehero star, said it best.

"I think that there's room for all of us, in a way," Gadot said. "I would love for both worlds to collide. I think it could be super awesome, because they have some great characters as well."

Justice League is in theaters Nov. 16.