The first footage from director Zack Snyder’s Justice League was shown in public during San Diego Comic-Con last year, but a second Justice League theatrical trailer is now right around the corner. Snyder recently took to the Internet to offer a sneak peek at a sequence from the film that features Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in motion underwater, so it’s perhaps fitting that the preview for the new Justice League trailer places a similar emphasis on the King of Atlantis and his aquatic superpowers.
Justice League is the third DC Extended Universe installment directed by Snyder, following his Superman franchise reboot Man of Steel and his superhero “vs” movie Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (released in 2013 and 2016, respectively). Director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman solo feature, featuring Gal Gadot reprising her role as Diana Prince from Batman V Superman, is the next link in the DCEU chain and hits theaters in June. After that, Warner Bros. and DC will be focusing their efforts on promoting Justice League exclusively, ahead of its fall theatrical bow.
That doesn’t mean WB/DC won’t be promoting Snyder’s third DCEU movie ahead of Wonder Woman‘s release, however. As confirmed by the above preview for the new Justice League trailer (which aired during The Today Show this morning, at the time of writing this), the next sneak peek at Snyder’s DC superhero epic will be hitting the scene this Saturday.
Visually, the brief Justice League clips on display in this trailer preview embraces a somewhat lighter color palette than Batman V Superman before it, yet also boasts Snyder’s recognizable stylized visual signature. Justice League director of photography Fabian Wagner (Game of Thrones) has said that Larry Fong’s photography on Batman V Superman was a “huge source of inspiration,” so there should be a strong visual consistency between Snyder’s three DCEU movies, at the end of the day.
While the Justice League production team has been openly response to the criticism that Snyder’s previous DCEU films received (Batman V Superman especially), the plan was always for Justice League to serve as the “dawn” following the “night” of Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. Justice League screenwriter Chris Terrio confirmed as much before Batman V Superman hit theaters and the relatively “lighter” feel of the Justice League footage released so far, further supports that claim.
There will no doubt be much more to talk about when the full Justice League trailer arrives on Saturday, but one other thing worth noting: this trailer preview features the tagline “Unite the League”, as opposed to the “Unite the Seven” tagline that accompanied the first look image of Momoa’s Aquaman released over two years ago. It’s a given that Justice League “unites” at least six DC superheroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg), but speculation continues that a seven League member (maybe a Green Lantern?) might yet appear in the film.
And on that note – be sure and check back here this weekend to watch the new Justice League trailer, in all its glory!
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures [via Twitter]