DC Comics and Zack Snyder are full of surprises, and their new Justice League reel adds to the mystique.
To celebrate the last day of filming, the director released a teaser of the anticipated film on his Twitter account. It spans over 90 seconds and doesn’t reveal much in the way of plot, but you’ll learn quite a bit about the comic book superheroes. With a little coaxing, you may even give the franchise a definite nod in the footrace against the Avengers. Okay, that may be a stretch; it’s too early of a prediction.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) October 7, 2016
The Justice League reel opens up with the obligatory dramatic movie trailer music. Somehow, we moviegoers have warmed up to it and lob barbs at the score when finding ways to give it a subpar rating on Rotten Tomatoes proves cumbersome. But somehow — for some ungodly reason — it works, and we’ve grown to expect the anticipation-helper.
Ben Affleck’s voice keys up with the dramatic melody. On a first take, it seems as if the producer/director has taken a page out of Bane’s playbook with a moving oration — albeit less poetic.
“There is a stranger who comes to this village from the sea, he comes in the winter when the people are hungry and brings fish. He comes on the king tide; that was last night.”
Justice League features Affleck (the Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), and Ezra Miller (The Flash). The reel shows the crime fighters in a kind of cool elevator scene (to the bat cave?) and exploring a dilapidated building.
Justice League set atmosphere appreciation tweet pic.twitter.com/wpz1PRIMYp
— Bruce Wayne (@BatfleckWayne) October 8, 2016
Here’s a fun fact: Filming took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, the same location where Harry Potter scenes were shot.
Superman (Henry Cavill) makes a cameo (thank goodness!), which all but debunks the rumor that the Man of Steel wouldn’t appear alongside the Justice League characters.
If you haven’t followed along with the JL mania, Momoa’s Aquaman character may just surprise you; let’s just say the king of Atlantis doesn’t look anything like his Justice League of America character from the Super Friends days in the ’70s. He appears closer to an awesome Pirates of the Caribbean figure.
The teaser gives viewers a rare look behind the scenes at the unsung heroes — the film crew. It also provides you with an appreciation of the hard work and punishing physical routines the cast go through to get the perfect shot. And yes, the stunts are rad.
That’s about as much trailer as you get this early on the 31st day of the 111-day scheduled movie shoot. Nonetheless, Snyder and Affleck appear stoked over the opportunity for redemption; the wounds are still open from this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice catastrophe. Mistakes made then nearly put the world of DC into a tailspin.
Fans quickly shared their angst about dark characters — on top of the film’s disconnected nature. Producer Deborah Snyder weighed in on the painful lessons learned from the past.
“The main thing we learned [on Batman v Superman] is that people don’t like to see their heroes deconstructed. They like seeing them in all their glory… I think what’s really great is where we’re going is kind of what the audience is wanting. We just had to take the characters from somewhere to bring them up to where they are, and that was our journey.”
By all accounts, the BvS film was a success at the box office. Worldwide receipts totaled nearly $900 million on a budget of $250 million, according to IMDb. Still, critics trounced the film, according to io9.
Zack atoned for the creative failure and offered his take on the film. He promises the Justice League movie will be lighter and closer to the comics.
“It did catch me off-guard. I have had to, in my mind, make an adjustment… The nice thing about working on Justice League is that it is an opportunity to really blow the doors off of the scale and the bad guys and team-building and all the stuff that I think I could justify as a big, modern comic book movie.
“With Justice League, [Batman and Superman] have both been freed of the shackles of the responsibility to be in a place where they would fight each other. That is liberating for us in making the movie because really now we have a single enemy with a single objective, and it’s really about uniting the team. That, to me, is a fun activity.”
Affleck shrugged off the poor ratings. For him, it was the highlight of his career.
Watch Ben Affleck explain why he loved ‘Batman v. Superman’ despite the haters https://t.co/8P8QXb3RW3
— TIME (@TIME) October 3, 2016
From an early take; it appears that elements of Marvel-style humor are in place with Justice League, thanks to Cyborg and The Flash. It’s a good look and offers promise. Undoubtedly, DC fans will draw their tridents and thrash Snyder if the whimsical elements of the characters appear to channel Tony Stark’s playbook instead of being a game-changer.
While you cannot glean too much about the film and its future chances with critics, DC seems serious about getting it right this time. With invitations sent to scores of journalists to monitor stages of the film’s evolution, one thing is clear: there’s not much room for error.
Justice League premieres at the box office on November 17, 2017.
[Featured Image by Warner Bros.]