JUS­TICE LEAGUE

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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

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