The Justice League films isn’t hitting theaters until November 2017, but fans are still excited. With filming currently underway and a new appreciation being found for the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC and Warner Bros. is getting back in the good graces of many and has several planned films that hopefully deliver, where others have come up short.
While fans wait, however, it is always intriguing to see what various folks online come up with in the form of fan-made trailers. Given all the footage out there to pick from and a basic understanding of effective trailer editing, a variety of cool clips can emerge to give some fans a visible idea of what they are expecting. So it’s time to give some praise to YouTuber Stu Whitten for his recent fan-made Justice League trailer.
Functioning as a typical teaser, complete with alternative tracks from Orbiter One and Iron Eagle to match a tone set so far, this fan-made trailer does a lot to merely set up the idea of combining these heroes in a way similar to the Avengers, despite having none of these characters sharing screen time. Cyborg is notably absent, given the lack of real cinematic action that involved the character before and The Flash’s clip is sourced from a trailer for the Injustice video game series, but the rest is made up from the films. We see clips from BVS, Man of Steel, Green Lantern and some of the early footage of Wonder Woman. Whitten even managed to sneak a destruction clip from Independence Day: Resurgence in there.
The results are pretty fun. Given the lack of much context and an obvious devotion to the spectacle of it all, this teaser isn’t perfect, but it sets up an ideal feeling for what many fans could want out of this massive team-up film. Even the final moment where Darkseid speaks is pretty effective, despite the character not actually being the main villain we will be seeing in the upcoming film.
Obviously some may be put off, given how this teaser is mainly made up of footage from the Snyder-directed DC films, which have their share of controversial issues. That is not the worse stance to hold onto and many can only hope Justice League will have the lighter tone that has been reported. Regardless, it’s the idea of seeing these characters together that makes these little fan-made efforts worthwhile.
Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.