We finally got a new trailer for Justice League over the weekend and, surprise surprise, I loved it. The film feels much lighter and more fun, yet doesn’t betray the overall DC tone established by director Zack Snyder. In the trailer, we get a taste of everything, from seeing Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Flash (Ezra Miller) in action, to appearances from side characters like Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) and Queen Mera (Amber Heard), who will both play bigger roles in the DCEU going forward. Thankfully the early marketing has yet to spoil some potentially big surprises, like the rebirth of Superman, or an appearance from a Green Lantern corps member.
Justice League grants Snyder, who’s so far directed two films in this universe, full access to DC’s biggest characters, devices, and other worlds. Soon after the trailer dropped, Snyder talked with USA Today about the opportunity of directing such massive ensemble of rich DC characters:
“The thing that’s awesome about these icons is that a lot of them we haven’t seen in the movies before on the big screen,” Snyder said of Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg. “It’s kind of fun to really let (the actors) stretch their legs and inhabit those characters,” he added. “It is a process to make a team out of this group of individuals, but for the greater good maybe they can put their differences aside.”
One thing that’s noticeable in the trailer is how much more open Batman is towards working with others. In the trailer, Commissioner Gordon tells him, “It’s good to see you playing well with others again.” While many fans viewed Ben Affleck’s Batman as “unrecognizable” throughout the first two acts of Batman v Superman, due to his willingness to kill and use guns, it was really during the third act of that film where we begin to see him rescued from his own hatred. As it turns out, Snyder had a plan for the Caped Crusader going into Justice League all along:
“He’s been a loner for certainly his crime-fighting career, maybe with the exception of Robin,” Snyder said. “When we meet him in BvS, he’s definitely at this low point of isolation. That was always our intention, that Justice League would be this continuation for Batman to evolve into a more complete hero.”
Out of all the newest additions to the Justice League cast, by far the most outspoken and excited person is Jason Momoa. He looks to be having the most fun out of anyone. It’s his enthusiasm and energy, as well as Ezra Miller’s comedic timing, which could make the difference in Justice League being a fun DC movie.
“They’re each such awesome personalities in the movie,” Snyder promised. “You have Jason stomping around as this inked hairy man, just this mythic figure. And you’ve got Ezra, who’s full of life and hilarious and all over the place and amazing — a really fun and also poignant Flash. And Ray’s story is in a lot of the ways the heart of the movie.”
One thing many fans are thankful of is the studio keeping Superman (Henry Cavill) out of the promotion. A few of us are already aware of their master plan for the character, whether you tune in for interviews, or noticed the tease at the end of BvS. It comes down to the execution of the idea, and for that to be successful means staying patient and keeping quiet about Superman’s involvement:
“It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it,” Snyder joked with a laugh. “It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of Justice League: What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need?” Snyder said. “All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.”
Justice League will not only unite the heroes of the DCEU, but will also continue the arc of Superman’s character, which first started back in Man of Steel. I’ve always loved and supported what Snyder was building towards for Superman, and I hope that when witnessing his rebirth in Justice League, fans will reflect on Superman’s deconstruction and at the very least appreciate it. My only concern is if the story will allow for Superman to have a substantial role in the film. I don’t want him being re-introduced too late into the film. We’ll have to wait and see once we’re in the theaters whether the execution of this grand plan will end up working or not, but I have faith in Snyder and what he’s doing. Overall though, the film looks fantastic and a lot more fun. Justice League hits theaters on November 18, 2017.