Warner Bros has a huge task at hand following the polarizing release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They have to both win back critics who have turned up their noses at the tone and structure of the film and they have to reinvigorate the core fanbase, who were disillusioned by the depiction of their beloved heroes. The studio is currently in the midst of shooting the sequel, with director Zack Snyder back at the helm, and the stakes have never been higher.
This past week journalists and bloggers, particularly with fanboy connections, were invited to London to visit the set of the currently shooting Justice League. Today the embargo on the visit was lifted and a slew of new information became available for both eager fans of the movie and skeptics to ponder. The official title of the film is indeed Justice League and the new logo was released as well.
The new logo is cleaner and much more linear than its Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice predecessor, which may indicate the overall approach to the sequel. There is an absence of a subtitle, which seemed to convolute the direction of the story for the last installment. By all accounts, this will be a much more streamlined script, story, and film, that should attract a wider audience than before. The shooting star in the logo could be an indication of a more hopeful tone that will inspire audiences to look up in awe.
Visiting journalists also got a glimpse of the upgraded Batmobile, as well as two new vehicles that are sure to turn heads. The Batmobile has a similar design as previously, with the exception of added reinforcement and upgraded weaponry, including a missile launcher that is sure to be a topic of conversation. It should also be noted that unlike Batman’s murderous missions in Dawn of Justice, he will now likely be facing alien warriors, who are approved for death by the official Batman code of conduct. The all-terrain figure is referred to as the Nightcrawler, which traverses on four legs and is built for one operator. What may be of even more interest is the airborne vehicle known as the Flying Fox, which is a transport ship designed by Batman to carry not only the Justice League, but his vehicles as well.
The amped up presence of vehicles is a clear signal that not only will the scope of Justice League will be expanded, but that they also intend on selling a lot of toys this go around. That might seem like a drawback, but to many who were turned off by the grim and merciless tone of Dawn of Justice, may see this as a positive sign. If the fun factor and adventure is increased, then it’s possible that the overall tone may be more light-hearted which should appease those who were previously disappointed. There is a lot to look forward to as the movie will not be released until the winter of 2017, so stay tuned for more on the expanding DCEU in the near future.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League opens on November 17th, 2016.