DC Films just can’t seem to win. The first full trailer for their superhero team-up “Justice League” dropped online over the weekend, and the whining has been pretty loud. Granted, this is primarily a small yet loud echo chamber of entitled fanboys who make the same noise over and over. But it is annoying. Previously, the problem was that apparently the DCEU was too grim and humourless. So the filmmakers recalibrated things and injected more lightness into their movies and now, the issue is that it’s too jokey and silly.
Whatever. I dig this trailer, and I think the studio seems to be on the right track. My worry has always been that they fold to the pressure to make this more the MCU, which they should never do. There’s enough room for two (or more) distinct tones and approaches for superhero movies. The design and CG work for Cyborg isn’t too great, and the film might be at risk of being overstuffed, but by and large there are a lot of things to enjoy here. Aquaman is a total badass, Batman looks like he could make for a strong team leader (at least until Superman returns), The Flash looks pretty cool in motion, and Wonder Woman is still my favourite.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist 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” is directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel), the screenplay is by Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terri, and stars Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Ciarán Hinds will play Steppenwolf, Amber Heard will appear as Mera, and Kiersey Clemons will appear as Iris West. It premieres 10th November.