Film’s synopsis, logo and more revealed
For a movie that is still 16 moths away (November 2017), and only a few weeks before the home release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there is A LOT of information that was unveiled today about next fall’s DC Universe Film: Justice League.
Apparently, not content to wait until they release a teaser, a press announcement, or even a still from the movie; Warner Brothers invited a slew of media sites (no, not us) to the filming location to have a look around, interview many of the people involved with the film, and to also take a look at a rough cut scene from the movie. Here is what has been reported today, combined from Collider, Jo Blo, Comic Book Resources, Ign and DC’s media sites.
Justice League Synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash – It may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Now, anything going forward may be considered going into SPOILER territory so this shall be the only warning I put in this article. If you don’t want to know anything more about Justice League at this stage, I suggest you bow out now.
So as it relates to the synopsis, we also got a confirmation on sorts of just who the main villain will be for this film. If you saw the deleted scene “Communion” that DC posted just a few days after BvS was released (no, I don’t understand that move either) then you saw Lex Luthor in the depths of the ship, kneeling in front of a creature that was handling what appeared to be mother boxes. Many like myself assumed that was Jack ‘King’ Kirby creation Stephenwolf and now it has been confirmed that in fact Stephenwolf – Uncle to Darkseid and usually a precursor to the god of Apokolips will be our main villain, along with a slew of the Parademons we saw in the Knightmare Batman scene from BvS.
In the clip we see Stephenwolf with 3 distinct mother boxes, and now we have learned that in fact there are 3 here on Earth. 1 with the humans (sorry Cyborg) one with the Amazons (See Wonder Woman) and one with the Atlantians (hello Aquaman). You can start to see fairly quickly how and why the team will need to come together.
If you are fearful that this movie will be similar in tone to BvS, and by that I mean dark as the Darkseid of the moon, then you may be relieved to hear that most everyone is reporting seeing a drastic shift off of that morose feeling into one that is much more positive and bright. Producer Deborah Snyder (director Zack Snyder’s wife) was quoted as saying “I think the main thing we learned is that people don’t like to see their heroes deconstructed. I think that’s hard because it’s people we’ve all grown up with and that we care about. They like seeing them in all their glory” and “Listen, I think every film in a learning experience, right? And we hear what everyone has to say because we care what the fans say. At the same time, every story we’re telling is a completely different story, and I think what’s really great is that where we were 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 kind of our journey”
Underscoring this is this description of a scene being filmed that was witnessed by the group of reporters directly from the Justice League film – from ign.com:
We watched Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), and the Flash (Ezra Miller) respond to the Batsignal being shone into the stormy, night sky above Gotham City. They arrive on the rooftop of GCPD headquarters to find a worried Commissioner James Gordon (J.K. Simmons, on his first day of filming), who is bringing them up to speed on the case of eight missing scientists when the League’s fourth member, Cyborg (Ray Fisher), arrives to announce that his father Silas Stone (Joe Morton), the head of S.T.A.R. Labs, is now the ninth one to have been abducted. Wonder Woman suspects that a nest of Parademons must be nearby. The League determines a pattern in the abductions that sends them out on the trail. As Gordon turns to speak to the team, he finds all but Flash have already left. Flash knocks his colleagues for ditching Gordon, remarking, “That’s rude.”
And another scene that was already filmed, but not yet polished with lighting and effects (probably to be shown at San Diego Comic Con) – also from ign.com
The scene was the first meeting between Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen. Bruce has infiltrated Barry’s apartment to confront him over the surveillance imagery of him in the convenience store (as seen in BvS). Barry lies about being in the photos, even though his Flash costume is right in the middle of his apartment. Bruce then turns and hurls a razor-sharp Batarang right at Barry who, as we see Bruce now move in slow-motion, reacts to the sight of the Batarang and easily catches it mid-air. “You’re Batman?!,” he asks. Bruce replies he’s putting together a team and needs help from exceptional beings like Barry. “Stop right there. I’m in,” Barry says to a visibly surprised and relieved Bruce, adding, “I need friends.” And then he indicates the Batarang he caught. “Can I keep this?”
The Batman himself, Ben Affleck was similar in talking about how this will be lighter than the lead up: “There’s definitely room for more humor. It’s not going to be, Dc movies I think, by their nature are a little more mythic than some comic book movies are. But BvS was very dark and heavy because it was really rooted in the Dark Knight Returns which is a heave dark book, and this is not that. This is a step in evolution to bring together all these characters who have had their origins. It’s about multilateralism, and it’s about hope, and about working together and the kind of conflicts of trying to work together with others. It’s a world where superheroes exist, so there’s comedy in that necessarily, trying to work with other people and trying to accomplish goals together is the root of all great comedy in my view. So there’s definitely, hopefully some fun in it. But it’s not unrecognizably these characters or these stories. It’s not turning it upside down”
In addition to this film, Affleck was asked about
Mallrats 2, Kevin Smith, Daredevil, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner, his own upcoming Batman film The Batman and had this to say about how it’s coming and when we could expect to see it.:
“I think they have a date for it, although I don’t know if I would necessarily be able to make the date because I don’t have a script that‘s ready yet. So that’s, my timetable is I’m not going to make a movie until there’s a script that I think is good because I’ve been on the end of things when you make movies when you have a script that’s not good yet and it doesn’t pan out. I have a script, we’re still working on it and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, ‘Yeah that might be fun, let’s go try this out’” (must suck for David Goyer)
Justice League releases November 2017, so expect a metric superton of information, trailers, teases, false hopes, and the forthcoming DC backlash starting soon. I expect we will see a shot of the League together at Comic-Con, though we are still waiting on an announcement on who will be playing the members of the Green Lantern Corps, so stay tuned, and until then here’s a trailer for the about to be released on Blu-ray Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate edition:
Oh, and did I mention the new & upgraded Batmobile? Well here it is
Justice League movie details revealed