We are a mere month away from the moment that many comic book fans have waited a lifetime to experience. In November, Warner Bros will release the highly anticipated team-up film, Justice League, that features the cream of the crop of the DC Comics’ universe, including Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Superman, and Cyborg. Now we have a new look at the film with a brand new trailer.
Those who have been following the geek news cycle are fully aware of the behind-the-scenes upheaval that Justice League has endured. The film was green-lit before the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and went into production only a month after the film’s shaky theatrical run. There were rumors of changes to the movie to lighten the tone, while others called for Zack Snyder’s head. The movie went into production and when all seemed right, Snyder shocked the world by leaving the project after a tragic loss in his family. His hand-picked collaborator, Joss Whedon, then grabbed the baton and agreed to write and direct the movie the remainder of the movie, which resulted in months of re-shoots.
Today, WB has made their claim to steal the show at New York Comic Con with the final official, “Heroes” trailer for the Justice League movie. The comic book community has experiencing both enthusiasm and anxiety over the upcoming DC Film and the release of the newest trailer marks beginning of the final countdown to the movie’s November release.
The trailer begins with what seems like a dream sequence, with Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) noting that Lois Lane is indeed wearing his engagement ring. (However, it is just as likely that this is no dream at all, but possibly an epilogue scene. The rising sun seems to be a metaphor that is attempting to set up a new, brighter future for the Man of Steel.) There has also been a lot of talk about composer Danny Elfman reworking both his own classic Batman theme from the 1989 blockbuster and John Williams’ iconic 1978 Superman theme, in the upcoming blockbuster. However, in the trailer we get a revisit of Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel theme, which is slowly gaining its own place in the Superman lexicon.
The marketing team is also wary of making the same mistake that they did with the Batman v Superman trailer, where Doomsday was revealed to audiences in an early trailer, spoiling the surprise for moviegoers. With their newest trailer for Justice League, the film’s big bad Steppenwolf, is barely seen, aside from a few moments in battle with Wonder Woman, after being highlighted in previous looks. It seems that they want audiences focused on the heroes and the new hopeful tone of the movie.
We see the renewed emphasis on making the heroes of the Justice League brighter, more optimistic characters than previously seen. However, what is interesting is that Whedon has clearly honored much of Snyder’s original vision. Despite a sly wisecrack here or there, it seems that this is very much a “Snyder film.”
What is interesting is that DC Films is finally seeming to find their footing and their own identity in the superhero marketplace. This doesn’t feel like a Marvel production, or that it even aspires to be. That renewed vigor could ultimately be what helps DC Films turn the corner and finally fulfill its ungodly potential. However, that hinges on Justice League being a truly kick-ass experience and we won’t know that for another long month. So in the meantime, enjoy the trailer!
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, 2017.
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