Monday, July 25, 2016

Trailer Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE (Trailer #1)

Love it or hate it, the Justice League movie is still in our future, and this year's SDCC has given us a new trailer to discuss, gawp at, and analyze, probably too much. Check the trailer out below:

It's likely still safe to say that how you feel about the Justice League movie at this point depends largely on how you felt about last spring's Batman v Superman, so let's get this out of the way: I liked BvS, and while I concede that movie probably was the first trailer for the Justice League movie, every superhero movie released over the last few years spends a good portion of its time promoting forthcoming movies and storylines. So let's move on.

This trailer shows ol' Batfleck hard at work recruiting members for his team to confront that still-unnamed "Enemy" that's on the way following Lex Luthor's shenanigans in BvS (my money says it's Darkseid, but all mysteries will be revealed in time). We get our first good look at Jason "Khal Drogo" Momoa as Aquaman, Barry Allen, played by one Ezra Miller, and a certain Ray Fisher as Cyborg. In case you can't tell, I'm not previously familiar with these last two actors. And though we already knew this, we get visual confirmation that Gal Gadot will be returning as Wonder Woman. All that's missing is the Super one, but a quick IMDb search lists Henry Cavill among the cast, so it seems he will be appearing in some capacity.

I am stoked for this movie for a number of reasons. Zack Snyder is directing, and he has a skill for turning out deceptively smart popcorn movies that I haven't seen elsewhere. Ben Affleck returns as Batman, and as I have said before, I think he's the best overall Batman of the modern era. They even took a DCU character about whom I have given zero craps my entire life (Aquaman) and taken steps to turn him into a character I might actually think twice about. Hopefully they can do the same for the Flash and Cyborg; as far as I'm concerned right now, the one guy just runs fast, and the other is DC's answer to Robocop. But if anyone can boost the image of these two, Zack Snyder is the man to do it.

The DCU got off to a brilliant cinematic start with BvS; hopefully Justice League can keep the momentum going. Justice League will premier November 17.

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