Warner Bros. dropped the brand new trailer for their upcoming Justice League
blockbuster. It’s been a rocky road for the DC Extended Universe, starting with 2012’s divisive Man of Steel
and running into last year’s not-quite-there Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
and the dirty diaper dumpster fire that was Suicide Squad
. Now the studio is praying to Zeus that this summer’s Wonder Woman
and November’s Justice League
helps to right the sinking ship
In advance of the tentpole team-up, here are five things you need to know about Justice League
1. Jack Kirby’s Creations Will Be The Foundation of the Movie
The late Jack Kirby, who was revered in the comic book world, created The Fourth World and New Gods in the 1970s. The best thing to come from this vision was the iconic villain Darkseid, who has been teased as the Big Bad of the DCEU ala Thanos.
Darkseid is dictator of the war world Apokolips. Unfortunately, we won’t see him right away. The main villain of Justice League
will be Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s uncle and right hand General. As reported by BirthMoviesDeath
, Steppenwolf and an army of Parademons (those winged bug-looking creatures) will arrive on Earth in search of the final three Mother Boxes, the tech cubes that made Cyborg and the DCEU’s big MacGuffins ala Infinity Stones.
2. There Will Be Other Side Characters
Fans have wondered if there will be any room in Justice League
for other noteworthy characters from DC lore. What with seven main superheroes, screen time will be a limited commodity. Fortunately, a few supporting characters will be popping up.
J.K Simmons will be playing the famous Commissioner Jim Gordon. We got out first look at Simmons in the role in the trailer above and he looks very Commisioner-y. In addition, Willem DaFoe will pop up as Vulko, a fellow Atlantean from the Aquaman comics. Amber Heard will also be appearing as Aquaman’s wife, Mera.
We’re sure there will be a few other familiar faces as well.
3. Justice League Is No Longer A Two-Parter
Back in 2014, Warner Bros. announced plans to produce Justice League: Part I
and Justice League: Part II
. However, that plan changed after BvS
and Suicide Squad
failed to launch. Producer Deborah Snyder told Slash Film
last summer that WB is not planning a double feature, though that obviously could change.
“We’re only ever planning and we are only doing Justice League
, just Justice League
. One movie,” she said.
DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who was promoted to run DC Films, also confirmed this on Twitter last June.
But believe me, if Justice League
somehow manages to be a critical and commercial success, there will be sequels a plenty. Money talks.
4. Justice League Will Ease Up On the Doom and Gloom
So, yeah, Batman v Superman
earned $872 million at the worldwide box office, but the film itself was, ahem, polarizing at best. Fans and critics weren’t overly in love with the uber dark tone (Batman is killing folks, Superman just flew away from a deadly explosion, hooray!), which has led to some changes. Ben Affleck told Slash Film
that Justice League
will have a lighter tone than previous DCEU entries.
“It’s a world where superheroes exist, so there’s comedy in that necessarily, trying to work with other people and people trying to accomplish goals together is the root of all great comedy in my view,” Affleck said. “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.”
Based on the teaser and new trailer, Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen/The Flash and Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman will be worth a few chuckles.
5. Don’t Worry, Superman Will Be In The Movie
spoiler alert (though if you haven’t send it yet, that’s on you): Henry Cavill’s Superman sort-of died at the end of the movie. But, this is a superhero story, so he won’t stay dead for long.
“...There wouldn’t be a Justice League without Superman,” Deborah Snyder said. “But I think his way back to us we don’t want to really spoil that. But he’s here. He’s back there.”
So don’t fret, Superman fans
. He will return, though we don’t know how and we don’t know if there will be any lingering effects from his “death.”
hits theaters on November 17.