A newly released Snapchat advertisement clip reveals an undisclosed video of Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) getting to meet Alfred (Jeremy Irons) in Justice League. The film, which debuts in a few months, was originally helmed by Zack Snyder, who also did Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel. Recently, the filmmaker had to step down from the project to attend to family issues, and Joss Whedon eventually took over as it currently undergoes reshoots – which are recently reported to be causing a bit of a problem at Warner Bros.
The cast of the film (excluding Henry Cavill, who plays Superman) descended to San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend to hold a special panel for the much-anticipated epic blockbuster. Along with the meet and greet with the fans, a brand new lengthy trailer was also debuted offering us more visuals on the individual characters and their collective dynamic, as well as the tease of the return of the Man of Steel. That said, Warner Bros. has stealthily released a new short but interesting promo teasing the heroes paying a visit to Bruce Wayne’s Batcave.
The clip was spotted and then posted by a Twitter user with the handle @vaoaoga. At just 10-seconds long, the snippet shows the gang (except for The Flash and Superman) in their respective battle garbs in some sort of a lift descending to Batman’s secret hideout. “I’ve brought some friends” Wayne nonchalantly says as Alfred looks up and sees them. The video then quickly turns into an individual montage of the superheroes until it cuts back into the Batcave with Aquaman cooly looking around while saying “Badass, Alfred” to which the trustee butler replies, “Do I know you?”
The last bit seems to be cut just from a different angle of the same scene of Alfred quipping the same line to Cyborg in the film’s SDCC released trailer after the humanoid superhero tells him that he’s going to take over from there. This makes it unclear whether Alfred was actually talking to Aquaman or Cyborg or both in just two different and separate sequences.
It makes sense that Alfred has a bigger role in the film than just someone who oversees Batman’s affairs, given that the league was actually brought together by Bruce in preparation for the looming threat of Steppenwolf and the parademons. After the new Comic-Con trailer, fans are theorizing the elder assistant is even the first person that Superman meets when the Kryptonian finally catches up on the predicament that the team is facing before eventually joining them.
Despite the promo being very short, it highlights the kind of humor that Justice League will bring to the DCEU’s slate. The film’s dark palette and high stakes definitely make for a gloomy feel to it but the quips and back and forth banter among the cast add levity to the movie without compromising the seriousness of its narrative. DC Films and Warner Bros. have reiterated that they want their films to be more lighthearted than its predecessors especially with the massive success of Wonder Woman which has a fairly light tone compared to other properties under the same banner.
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