Zack Snyder's first two films set in the DC Extended Universe - Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - dealt with the Trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, giving the franchise a foundation on which to build on. For his next installment, Justice League, the ensemble is going to expand and include even more classic DC heroes. Following brief cameos in Batman V Superman, the likes of Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg are all going to have their real cinematic introductions during the team-up movie before leading their own solo vehicles.
There's understandably much interest in how each member of the group will be portrayed, and so far the marketing has offered small glimpses of what Snyder and company have in store. For instance, Barry Allen is an enthusiastic youngster in need of a few friends, while Arthur Curry is more of a rugged loner type. Fans are excited to see the on-screen Justice League come together, especially with the promise of the film being less dreary in tone when compared to its predecessors. Watching superheroes team up should be fun, and Snyder had a blast on-set working with them.
In an interview with Empire (hat tip CBM), Snyder talked about the new additions to the DCEU cast, calling them all "fun." Additionally, the magazine has an HD version of a photo that made its way online yesterday. You can check the quote and the image below:
"These guys - Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash - really are just fun to explore. They're just so fresh. They're on the edge of their powers at different times in this story and that's really fun."
"Fun" is certainly the buzzword at this stage of the Justice League pre-release phase, with Ben Affleck recently discussing how some key behind-the-scenes changes (namely, Geoff Johns) will be beneficial for the DCEU moving forward. Additionally, screenwriter Will Beall (who did work on both Justice League and Aquaman) has gone on record saying Snyder's latest effort is more fun and "poppier" than what's come before. It is nice that the creative team has taken the criticisms lobbied against Batman V Superman to heart, but hopefully the filmmakers did not overcompensate and take things too far in a new direction, since some audiences do appreciate the current tone of the DCEU. Fortunately, making Justice League a more light-hearted affair has been the plan from the beginning, so odds are Snyder's vision wasn't altered too much.
To date, Justice League advertising has largely consisted of still images, but word is soon a new trailer will make its way online. It goes without saying that the second preview is in high demand, since actual footage from the film will go a long way in showcasing Snyder's approach and the team's dynamics. There's a lot riding on Justice League's success, so hopefully it can deliver a fun and exciting experience that rejuvenates the brand and re-establishes it as a force to be reckoned with.
Source: Empire (via CBM)
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020