The DCEU continues to suffer a public perception issue, but the powers that be are still making sure that things are moving along, behind the scenes. I won’t go into detail over the studio’s problems, but I will say that they only have a very small window of opportunity left to win over fans and critics. Actually, forget the former, as their knives are drawn already.
I’m sure this latest batch of images are not going to help. If anything, one of DC’s strongest suits are the, err, suits. As in the costume designs. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman’s big screen looks have all been brilliant. But for “Justice League”, they decided to tinker with Batman’s suit. The studio today released its first batch of character posters for the superhero team-up, and I can’t say the Dark Knight looks better here. They added all these weird panels all over his suit, and straps in the oddest places (like on the gauntlets). It’s like they got Rob Linfield to design it. I’ve read that the panels are some sort of extra armour, but surely it could’ve been incorporated in a cleaner way.
Then there’s The Flash, whose suit is just a mass of bulky, angular panels and plates that goes way against the whole notion of him being a speedster. His suit should be streamlined and sleek. Here, he just looks like Iron Man lite. The only thing that works for me is the helmet.
To be fair, I like Aquaman’s suit. It’s also over-designed, but at least it’s appropriate for a character with a Royal background. He is after all, the King of the Seas. And Jason Momoa really sells the badass look despite all that green and gold.
The studio hasn’t released the close-up looks of Wonder Woman and Cyborg (Superman is being kept under wraps as a surprise). But they haven’t changed the former’s costume, thankfully, and the latter’s design can be seen in the group image. Not too crazy about the sub-Michael Bay “Transformers” aesthetic, but maybe it’ll work better in motion.
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.
Directed by Zack Snyder, the screenplay is by Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. The producers are Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.”
“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, 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.