[UPDATE: Check out our detailed Justice League Trailer Breakdown for every Easter Egg and reveal!]
Ever since Warner Bros. announced they were using Man of Steel as a springboard to a DC shared universe (a la Iron Man with the MCU), everything has been building towards Justice League. A two-part team-up was the centre of the DC Extended Universe’s gameplan and while it’s now just a single movie, it’s still an essential film, one that’s been set up through Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad and the upcoming Wonder Woman, but also has a lot of weight on it to allay criticism of all three of the films so far.
Fans got their first look at the film in a special footage reveal at SDCC 2016, which followed quickly by an enlightening set visit, but since then things have been quiet. Although a new trailer’s on the way; over the past couple of days, Warners have been teasing the release of new footage with short character trailers and posters for each of the core five heroes – Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Cyborg – that gave a taste of each hero’s unique part in the team and some of the film’s striking visuals.
The full Justice League trailer has now been released, expanding on the teases and giving a full sense of Zack Snyder’s vision for the JLA. Check it out above.
The trailer opens swiftly establishing the threat that faces the world in vague terms before showing Bruce Wayne trying to recruit the various members of the Justice League – “the Aquaman”, a part-flesh, part-robot Cyborg and Barry Allen aka The Flash – to his and Diana Prince’s cause before diving right into the action. There’s a lot of different set-pieces showing the various members of the group taking on parademons (the foot soldiers of New God Darkseid and lieutenant Steppenwolf, the movie’s villain), with Snyder being very creative with how to use each hero’s respective abilities. The highlight of the trailer has to be Bruce Wayne quipping to Barry that his power is “I’m rich” before the tease reveals his new mechanical bat-walker scored to a cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together.
The biggest omission in the trailer is, of course, Superman. The Man of Steel was killed at the end of Batman v Superman, but it’s hardly a secret that he’ll be back in Justice League – his death was clearly temporary and he’s already featured in the marketing. Many expected after his absence from the character teases (which led to a hilarious fan parody) we’d see Henry Cavill in action as part of the trailer, possibly in a post-title sting, but that isn’t to be – clearly Superman doesn’t play a big part in the movie and/or Warner Bros. are playing a long-term marketing game.
The style of the trailer will do nothing to allay fears that this film will be stylistically rather similar to Dawn of Justice; there had been the suggestion that increased studio involvement would lead to a more tempered version of Snyder’s vision, but this trailer doubles-down on the heightened reality seen in his previous films, especially their action-heavy finales. This won’t be of any concern to DCEU fans, but won’t stop the sizeable set of detractors.
Source: Warner Bros.