Well, it was a bit of a rough 2016 for the D.C. extended universe. While both Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad may have been financial successes, it was not as much critically or with fans. For the most part, fans are really divided on the DCEU. Alas, DC movie fans, there is still potential. We are now in a world where R-rated comics films such as Deadpool and Logan has wet the appetites of those fans looking for a movie that’s a little outside the more family-friendly Marvel MCU. With a little cohesion and character development, Warner Brothers can right the ship.
This is the first “official” trailer for Justice League which comes to theaters on November 17th. Perhaps, it’s a little odd that we are getting the first trailer of a movie that is almost eight months away and with Wonder Woman coming down the pipeline in June. You want to walk the fine line between inciting excitement for the big team-up, but not overshadowing a project down the line. Warner Brothers cannot try to get it all back in one shot.
Looking at this, you see that it retains the cinematography style that Zack Snyder introduced back in Batman v. Superman. Settings are notably dark (is it always cloudy and overcast in the DCEU?) and there are the trademark slow motion action shots which are an appendage to a Snyder production. We are already familiar with Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and get introductions to the Justice League members that we only saw glimpses of in Batman v. Superman. Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller) each have their own 15 second moment to show off what they can do.
They are still finishing up with post-production, so I’m going to let some of CGI for Cyborg slide for now. We see the entire league fighting against the parademons. You even get a look at what looks like to be a flashback of the amazons fighting the parademons. Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) is in the movie, so there will probably be a flashback. You get your first look at Amber Heard as Mera who is queen of Atlantis. Cyborg’s father, Silas Stone (Joe Morton) is seen looking at a motherbox being activated before he presumably gets ambushed by a parademon, and Commissioner James Gordon (J. K. Simmons) having a couple words with Batman. One of the big complaints about the previous DCEU movies were that there was a lack of humor or lightheartedness. Jason Momoa is showcased the way was Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was with the previous film and is the cool, happy part of the team. Let’s give Warner Brothers credit – the superhero who can talk to fish looks like a badass. Ben Affleck also plays a great, cantankerous, and rugged old version of Bruce Wayne.
Everybody is probably wondering. “well, where for art thou, Superman?” I mean, he’s dead, presumably. Henry Cavill was confirmed to be on the set, so it’s only a matter of when. There are a couple of ways that he could come back. Batman v. Superman did tease the Injustice storyline, although I think that would be too big for a two and a half hour movie. They can also do a version of how Superman comes back from the comics, which I guess would happen given that there are a lot of motherboxes around.
We probably have another full trailer coming towards the tail end of summer, but the question is if Warner Brothers can make a movie with a coherent plot that’s entertaining. Does it seem like they rushed into the huge team up? I suppose, but that may be because Marvel had got out of the starting blocks so long ago. Marvel’s building blocks on how a movie universe is done has already been ingratiated into fans minds already. The studio has been open to listening to critiques of fans and adjusting their universe accordingly. However, there’s a fine line between forging your own path and trying to pander too much.
Personally, I feel that the DCEU needs to retain its look, but concentrate more on plot development. This is a trailer that is high on action to get some hype and light on plot, sometimes, that’s all you need. DC has the characters and definitely has the stories to tell, now let’s execute.
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