The countdown to Justice League continues as the heroes of the team unite on the latest cover of Empire magazine. Though there have been concerns in some circles Warner Bros. is skimping on marketing for their major tentpole, awareness is most certainly not an issue for the film. Already, multiple trailers have teased fans with a comic book epic, and with just about a month to go until it hits theaters, the studio is about to kick things into overdrive. The final trailer is said to be attached to Blade Runner 2049 this weekend, and details about the movie continue to come out.
Empire's coverage of Justice League made several headlines recently with pieces concerning areas like Joss Whedon stepping in for Zack Snyder, Wonder Woman's role, and diversity in the DC Extended Universe. Readers have already gotten a chance to check out the content of the publication's feature, and now the newsstand cover has been revealed, giving viewers another look at the group as they prepare for action.
Appearing on Empire's website is the cover, which features Aquaman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and The Flash striking poses for the camera. You can check it out in the space below:
In keeping with the rest of Justice League marketing, Superman is an obvious omission from the cover. The Man of Steel was killed by Doomsday during the climax of Batman V Superman, and his imminent return is one of Justice League's biggest mysteries. It's long been reported Henry Cavill is playing the Last Son of Krypton again in the team-up, though exactly how he comes back to the fold is unknown. It would have been easy to use a recognizable character like Superman in promotion, but we should applaud WB for sticking to their guns by not spoiling this aspect of the film via advertising. This way, his first scene in Justice League can be a truly special moment.
It's also interesting to note that Wonder Woman, not Batman, is the one placed front and center. Ever since Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman became a critical and commercial smash, WB has dedicated a majority of the Justice League spotlight to the Princess of Themyscira. Odds are, this is purely a marketing decision (Gal Gadot has said Justice League isn't a Wonder Woman film) made by the studio to capitalize on the popularity of Diana Prince. Wonder Woman could have an expanded role in the DCEU moving forward, but Justice League was already in post-production when her solo film became a phenomenon. At least for this Justice League movie, Diana will be sharing lead responsibilities with Bruce Wayne.
The DCEU got off to a rocky start last year with polarizing receptions for Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad, though Wonder Woman helped the franchise get back on the right track. All eyes are now on Justice League to see if it too can be a well-received installment and set up an exciting future for years to come. After years of waiting, hopefully the ensemble piece doesn't let fans down.
Source: Empire Online
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020