After having one of the more polarizing theatrical runs in recent memory, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is about to enter the conversation again with the release of the 3 hour "Ultimate Edition" on home media. Looking to clear up any confusion regarding the film's various subplots and characters, the extended cut has the potential to change how people view the DC Extended Universe launching pad for the better as Warner Bros. gets the ball rolling on Justice League.
Speaking of the first DC team-up film, the studio grabbed control of the narrative early by putting together an unprecedented early set visit to share a plethora of details. Promising that Dawn of Justice is the darkest the franchise will get, what was shown during the event encouraged many that Justice League could be a fun, accessible blockbuster that brings together DC's most iconic superheroes. As fans check out the Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition, more goodies about Justice League have been revealed.
The greatest thrill for viewers is to finally see the metahumans of the DCEU join forces against a common enemy. There still hasn't been an official cast photo of the group together, so moviegoers have had to make do with pieces of concept art depicting the League standing side by side. The premiere of Batman V Superman on home media brings with it a new image, which is a rendering of the six heroes in costume. Check it out below:
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Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are all recognizable in get-ups similar to what they wore in Dawn of Justice, and Aquaman strongly resembles the image of Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry. It's here where fans get a good look at the Flash's Justice League costume, presumably the updated duds that Bruce Wayne designs for him. Judging from a scene we saw during the set visit, Wayne and Barry Allen will have a relationship similar to the Tony Stark/Peter Parker dynamic in Captain America: Civil War, in which Iron Man provided Spider-Man with some necessary advancements to fight crime. In this particular picture, The Flash stands out from the crowd; his bright red suit a contrast from the relatively muted color palates of his allies. Perhaps this is a visual way of illustrating what Barry brings to the group.
Ray Fisher's Cyborg is also a big takeaway from this concept art. His appearance in Justice League has relatively been kept under wraps so far, as Fisher is filming his scenes in a motion-capture suit. Seemingly all black (or very, very dark gray), Cyborg's look here is largely different from his typical comic book counterpart, where silver is the primary color. It is worth keeping in mind that this may not be the final version and just one possibility for Cyborg in the film. Since most of his character will be completed digitally in post, director Zack Snyder has plenty of time to toy around with ideas that both respect the source material and fit within the context of the film.
With San Diego Comic-Con 2016 happening in just a few weeks (as of this writing), fans should expect more Justice League reveals in the near future. WB is bringing their massive tentpole to the event, and lucky Hall H attendees could very well be treated to some exclusive footage and/or images to whet their appetites for the finished product. The DCEU may have gotten off to a rough start, but WB is making strides in improving its reputation, and there are still plenty of reasons to be excited about what's to come.
Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; 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.
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