The upcoming superhero film “Justice League” from DC Comics, set for a nationwide release in cinemas on November 17, has already started to generate buzz among moviegoers. If anything, all the excitement about “Wonder Woman” earlier this summer has only intensified anticipation about this film, which will include Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Here’s what we know about “Justice League” so far…
#1: “Justice League” is a direct sequel to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
With franchise Hollywood blockbusters, it’s never really clear until the last minute whether a film is a prequel or a sequel to previous films. And, even then, it’s never immediately obvious how long of a period of time has elapsed between the original and the sequel. But “Justice League” is different in this regard. We’re being told right from the outset that “Justice League” is a direct sequel to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
What that means for moviegoers is that the action in “Justice League” will take place just a few months after “Batman v Superman.” It’s not clear what has happened to Superman, and the thinking is that Superman has sacrificed his life for the greater good of humanity. That’s how the film starts – but not necessarily how it ends. Based on what we’ve seen in the trailers for “Justice League,” it now appears that Superman (played by Henry Cavill) is going to return at the end of the film to help save the day. The return of the Man of Steel is going to be a major subplot of the film.
#2: “Justice League” is going to be a movie about friends and teamwork
After the latest trailer for the film dropped at San Diego Comic-Con earlier in the year, it now appears that this DC Comics superhero blockbuster is going to be a “Super Friends” movie, in which an all-star cast of superheroes led by Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman save Planet Earth from evil intergalactic aliens. Other superheroes in the film will include Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa), Flash (played by Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (played by Ray Fisher).
Unlike previous superhero blockbuster films, which have pitted superheroes against each other (most notably, “Batman v Superman”), this film promises to be much more of a “Super Friends” movie. The superheroes rally together to save Earth from an existential crisis. This time, the enemies are Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.
#3: “Justice League” is going to be much more cheerful and optimistic than expected
If there’s one thing that DC Comics learned from “Batman v Superman,” it’s that movie audiences don’t want too much grim, dark, gritty action. And that’s why, judging from the advance trailers and marketing promotion, “Justice League” is going to be much more cheerful, upbeat and optimistic.
Here’s just one example: the trailer features a lot of the lighter lines of dialogue. And the character of Flash is being positioned as more of an endearing, comic figure than a full-fledged superhero. (In the trailer, he jokes about participating in his first battle and seems slightly nerdy.)
To see the more optimistic look for the film, just check out the movie posters – the marketing for the film is positioning all of the superheroes as friends rather than rivals. And the tagline – “You Can’t Save the World Alone” – is meant to emphasize the role of teamwork and coordination amongst all the superheroes.
#4: Wonder Woman is going to be the real star of “Justice League”
After the remarkable success of “Wonder Woman” earlier this summer, DC Comics obviously did a lot of re-thinking about “Justice League.” Take the new main trailer, for example. The first superhero we see is Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot), who foils some kind of robbery taking place.
It looks like DC Comics is really going to be playing up the chance for fans to see their new favorite superhero in action yet again. And that’s not all – the trailer also hints that we’re going to see more of the Amazons from “Wonder Woman,” including Queen Hippolyta and General Antiope.
So, even though this film is being pitched as an ensemble cast movie, Gal Gadot might actually end up getting first billing, ahead of Ben Affleck (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman). Wonder Woman might end up stealing every scene she’s in, and so we hope that she plays more than just a supporting role here.
#5: “Justice League” will introduce us to new characters in the DC Extended Universe
One new character that fans are buzzing about is Aquaman (played by Jason Momoa), who looks like he’ll be getting an enhanced role in this movie. In the trailer for “Justice League,” we see him in his underwater domain, and then again, as he destroys a villain and an entire apartment building in the process. And there’s more superheroes we’ll meet as well, such as Flash and Cyborg. (Oh – and don’t forget about the new villain, Steppenwolf, who is the general of an alien race, the New Gods, from the planet Apokolips.)
The reason why all this is important is because DC Comics has been working hard to build what it calls the DC Extended Universe. This film is actually the fifth installment of that DC Extended Universe. What it means for fans is that DC Comics is trying to unite all the various threads and worlds of its superheroes, so that they can all co-exist and all the narratives and plot lines make sense.
So look for more clues in this film about how the “Justice League” originates, and what its mission is going to be. One interesting side-note here is that the original director of the film, Zack Snyder, left the film in May 2017 due to a family crisis, and that means all the post-production was handled by Joss Whedon, who was brought in at the last-minute to finish up the film. Whedon was also responsible for filming some additional scenes needed to round out the action, so that might be a way to help tie up any loose ends.
Overall, “Justice League” looks like a fantastic new action-adventure movie featuring our favorite superheroes. It looks like DC Comics has really learned its lesson from “Batman v Superman,” and is doing everything possible to guarantee that “Justice League” is going to be a major success that’s well-received by fans.