The DC Extended Universe is well underway with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad opening in theaters this year, and though the response to both were mixed, fans are excited to see the future of the franchise take shape. Next fall, after a long time of waiting, moviegoers will finally get to see a live-action Justice League film, and Warner Bros. is already getting the ball rolling on promotion. During their Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, they showed a trailer for Zack Snyder’s superhero team-up and officially released it online shortly after.
The preview was well-received, with many viewers thrilled by the tonal shift from the dark and grim Batman V Superman. It quickly became one of the most memorable moments of SDCC. Of course, when anything catches on in pop culture, it turns into a target for a parody or two. Justice League footage is no different, and on the heels of an 8-bit version of the trailer making its way online, a more comedic take on the teaser has now been posted. You can watch it above.
Appearing on ArtSpear Entertainment’s YouTube channel as part of their Toon Sandwich series, the video riffs on the Justice League SDCC trailer right from the opening frame, poking fun at WB’s statement that the footage was specifically cut for attendees in Hall H. A majority of the jokes are based around Bruce Wayne’s interactions with Arthur Curry/Aquaman, including a variation on the “more or less” line, and an entertaining cameo by Pixar’s Dory when the question of Aquaman talking to fish is posed. Bruce’s description of Arthur as an “alcoholic with excessive body art” is also worth a chuckle.
Another highlight of this spoof is the twist of Barry Allen having a twin brother who is also named Barry (but has no super powers). One of the most famous bits of the real Justice League trailer was Bruce flinging a batarang at Barry’s head to “prove” the youngster is The Flash. Here, the first Barry is killed in a darkly hysterical fashion before the Scarlet Speedster walks into his home. It’s an amusing way of suggesting Batman was acting on a hunch and didn’t know for sure if Barry Allen was really who he was looking for. Chances are, the World’s Greatest Detective did some research, but there’s was always the possibility he was wrong.
Other funny bits here are Batman disappearing following his “I’m real when it’s useful” proclamation (confusing Cyborg to the point where his system crashes) and an exchange at the end when Bruce reveals that the “threat” the team is facing isn’t Steppenwolf at all, but a regular person Mr. Wayne has had a grudge against for a while (which causes them all to abandon the cause). All in all, there are plenty of laughs to be had watching the video as fans count down the days until Justice League premieres. With a little over a year to go, there’s bound to be several more parodies between now and then.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 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. The Flash, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.
Source: ArtSpear Entertainment
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