Laurence Fishburne played Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first two installments of the DC Extended Universe. A lot of characters and actors from those movies will return in Justice League. However, don’t expect Perry to pop up again.
In an interview with LA Times, Fishburne confirms that he won’t reprise his Perry White role for Justice League, citing a scheduling conflict. “They asked me to come for a day, but I couldn’t work it out, schedule-wise. And really, what do you need the newspaperman in Justice League for? You want to see the Flash. You want to see Aquaman. You want to see Wonder Woman. You want to see the [Green] Lantern.” Nevertheless, Fishburne is excited to finally see these heroes unite on the big screen after many years of waiting.
As everyone knows by now, the reception to Batman v Superman was very polarizing. The majority of critics didn’t like it, while fans are divided. When asked about this reception, Fishburne continues to throw his support behind the film. “Look, I love what Zack Snyder does. 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.”
For LA Times’ full interview with Fishburne, where he and Keanu Reeves talk about John Wick: Chapter 2, click HERE. Are you disappointed that Perry White won’t be back in Justice League?
Justice League is scheduled to hit theaters November 17th. The fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, Joe Morton, Willem Dafoe, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg and J.K. Simmons. Zack Snyder directs from a script by Chris Terrio.