With DC and Warner Bros. establishing a solid foothold in the comic book/superhero market, it was only a matter of time before they would release an Avengers-style team-up. Promotion for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League movie has been ramping up over the last week with new teasers and posters, but the big announcement was the first full-length trailer. With two-and-a-half minutes of footage, fans definitely have a better idea of what to expect from the November release.
So far, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) are the only characters to have starred in movies outside of this one; although Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) will feature in her own standalone picture this June. Appearing to follow Bruce Wayne’s conversation with Diana Prince at Clark Kent’s funeral at the end of Batman v Superman, the pair is now recruiting superhumans to defend the Earth from a new threat. Thus, they introduce their three new teammates: Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) — though he actually remains nameless. Superman presents the most obvious absence from the trailer, though Lois Lane (Amy Adams) does make a brief appearance to remind viewers of his eventual involvement.
Even though the DC extended universe has not been known for its humour, there are a couple of very amusing moments in this first sneak peek – mostly because the younger newcomers are a little more energetic than their older counterparts. Getting into one of Bruce Wayne’s luxury cars, Barry asks, “What’s your superpower again?” to which he artfully responds, “I’m rich.” Moreover, Aquaman looks to be having the time of his life and is definitely going to be a notable, if not dominant, presence in the film. While previous glimpses of the sea-king have made him look dark and sombre, this preview of him and his queen, Mera (Amber Heard), creates even greater interest in his standalone movie due out in 2018.
There’s no sign of the film’s supervillain, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), in the trailer, but he’s clearly brought an army of Parademons with him from Apokolips to assist in his quest for the mother boxes — both of which are visible in a scene featuring Dr. Silas Stone (Joe Morton), Victor’s father.
This trailer looks promising, but so has the previews for other DC movies so it’s probably best to still reserve judgement and keep expectations in check.