After a disappointing critical response to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC and Warner Bros. Studio looks to bounce back in a major way, starting with next month's Suicide Squad. And with both Justice League and Wonder Woman films due out next year, it appears as though they have the right recipe to do just that.
Wonder Woman has been making major waves with the reveal of the film's official poster yesterday, and a full-length trailer today, but now it appears as though it is Justice League's time to shine. The project has seen a recent boost in positive publicity with its well-received set visits, but now it appears as though fans can catch their first glimpse of the highly anticipated film for themselves.
During Warner Bros. Pictures' San Diego Comic-Con panel, WB and DC released the first official image from Justice League. Featuring the core members – Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and the Flash (Ezra Miller) – fans now have their first look at the entire superhero squad in all of their costumed glory.
Interestingly enough, one of the featured characters on the first official image from Justice League is Superman himself. The Cavill-portrayed Man of Steel character was not even mentioned in the film's first teaser trailer, but surprisingly appears front and center on the movie's first official image. After the events of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it is not surprising to find that Clark Kent/Superman was absent from the trailer, but as stated earlier, it is interesting to see him appear on this still to say the least. Fans of the franchise largely suspect the character's imminent return in the upcoming film, but the image proves what audiences have already suspected; there simply is no Justice League without Superman.
Another interesting observation to note from this picture is the fact that it is significantly more vibrant than the first official images that were unveiled for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Costumes appear more colorful, and the tone is simply much lighter – coinciding with the tones from both the aforementioned Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers. It would appear as though Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are embracing this new "fun" brand of storytelling, while still remaining a filmmaker-driven studio, preparing to deliver audiences some entertaining superhero adventures on the big screen.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release 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 and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures