Director Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher eta 17 November
The DCEU didn’t get off to the greatest of starts – Man Of Steel had its flaws, yet looked like a masterpiece compared to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad – but this is the movie it’s all been leading up to, and excitement levels have spiked following Wonder Woman’s critical and commercial success earlier this year.
“It’s an amazing cast, and the first time we were all on set and had our costumes on, it was a high-geek moment,” grins Ben Affleck at Comic-Con. “Electrifying.”
A direct sequel to BvS, Justice League begins with Henry Cavill’s Superman in the ground having sacrificed himself to Doomsday. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is still alive and kicking (ass), though, and good job too, given Steppenwolf (the New God supervillain created by
comic legend Jack Kirby, not the Canadian rock band) and armies of Parademons have Earth in their sights. In fact, so monstrous is the threat that Batman and Wonder Woman need all the help they can get – hence the titular team-up, which includes Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). Also expect mention of the Kryptonians and Green Lantern Corps, plus Wonder Woman’s Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and Antiope (Robin Wright) to be on hand.
“He’s this really endearing, altruistic nerd,” said Miller of Barry Allen, aka The Flash “He’s the 13-year-old Metallica fan, and Metallica says, ‘We lost our drummer in a freak accident. We need you to play drums, bro!’ ‘I don’t even have drumsticks!’” Momoa, meanwhile, points out that Aquaman appears so angry in the trailer because he’s “not readily accepted… he’s hurt; he covers it up”. In the Justice League, he at last finds family.
As reported in May, director and all-round DCEU-master Zack Snyder departed the director’s chair following a family tragedy, with Joss Whedon, who’d already been hired to write new scenes after test screenings, taking the reins to bring this behemoth home. Yet more behind-the-camera class comes courtesy of Danny Elfman, who has a long history scoring comicbook and superhero movies, including Tim Burton’s Batman movies, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Mans, Men In Black, Hellboy II and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. JG