After months of begging from fans and repeated promises of “soon” from Warner Bros. and DC, the second Justice League trailer is finally on its way, scheduled to arrive this Saturday. Leading up to the trailer, we’ve already seen a character tease for Aquaman, and may see more for the other members before the big reveal this weekend. Now we also finally have an official poster and slogan: “Unite the League”.
The poster sports the emblem of the Justice League, comprised of an odd assortment of textures that look both new and old, natural and man-made. There’s a variety of symbolism this could be eluding to, but with the poster sporting a single word at the bottom, “Unite”, the most obvious explanation is that it represents the diversity in the members of the Justice League, from the human Batman to the super-powered Flash, the Amazonian demigod, the alien-tech-imbued Cyborg, the Atlantean King of the Seas, and Kryptonian Superman.
Through the star at the center of the emblem is a shining light, bringing back the words of Jor El from the very first DC Extended Universe film, Man of Steel: “You’ll give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders.”
Much has been made of the tone of the DCEU, especially after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which drew a strong critical backlash for its darker aesthetic and story. Zack Snyder has said that some of the tonal shift in Justice League is in reaction to the critical savaging of BvS, but it was also always the plan to go darker so Justice League could be a true moment of unity. BvS and JL writer Chris Terrio said before the release of Batman v Superman that the larger story was structured that way to make Justice League a moment of redemption.
Whatever the reason, the DCEU is clearly going through changes, starting with Wonder Woman in June, and Justice League will continue that trend in November. The true differences between the look and feel of Justice League compared to Man of Steel and BvS won’t be clear for a few more days until the trailer finally arrives, though.
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