It's been exciting, albeit sometimes draining, to be a DC Comics fan this year: Batman V Superman opened to a divisive response, DC Rebirth broke comic book sales records, and Suicide Squad looks poised to provide a zany movie experience for die-hard fans and casual filmgoers, alike. However, even though Batman V Superman didn't win-over everyone that paid to see it, many felt the film still laid an intriguing foundation for future live-action adventures in the DCEU (especially for viewers who took the time to watch Zack Snyder's Ultimate Edition) - a future that came quicker than many would have expected, as Warner Bros. released a sneak peek at the Justice League team-up movie in Hall H at Comic-Con 2016.
The choice to reveal Justice League footage ahead of two movies that will arrive in theaters before it (Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman) comes only one month after Warner Bros. made another bold move: inviting press (Screen Rant included) to the set of Justice League and allowing attendees to post story details, set impressions, as well as interviews less than a week later. Similar to Comic-Con 2014's Batman V Superman rooftop clip, the Justice League teaser is equally brief but gives fans an enticing taste of what the heroic superhero team will look like together on screen.
In addition to continuing the events of Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice also introduced audiences to Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Batman (Ben Affleck), and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), as well as Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Steppenwolf (TBD) - no small task. The result was an imperfect film that connected with many fans eager to see DC finally fleshing out their shared movie universe but also featured enough problems to provide those who didn't enjoy the film with fair (and some not-so-fair) reasons to be critical. Much like Marvel Studios stuffed Iron Man 2 with shared universe storytelling, at the expense of fully developing the current story, Batman V Superman was, for some, more of a means to an end than an enjoyable experience on its own.
However, now that the foundation has been laid - it's hard not to be excited about where Warner Bros. is going to take the iconic DC heroes going forward. The Hall H teaser is too short to draw any concrete conclusions regarding whether the film is lighter than Batman V Superman - or how big a role any one hero will play but there's no question that, much like The Avengers "assembling," it's exciting to see the Justice League joining forces.
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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 is currently without a release date.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures