Over the past couple of months we have discussed the successes and failures of one of the year’s most highly anticipated films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, particularly talking about the areas where the movie fell short; namely in its muddled story which is accompanied by a very dreary tone. However, it seems that the DC Entertainment team over at Warner Bros. got the message loud and clear, and, after the recent news of the studio making some changes, we can confirm that Zack Snyder’s STANDALONE Justice League film will be a noticeably more fun affair.
Yes, The Justice League movies will not be a two-part piece, but two separate films, much like Marvel’s Infinity War projects, the first of which has received the official title Justice League (official logo displayed above). In a surprising move, Warner Bros. invited the press to the set of JL on day 31 of a 111 day shoot and, unusually, allowed the embargo of all the information given to be lifted on Tuesday. While this seems very very early, 17 months in fact, to begin presenting a film to the public, we do understand that WB will want to make sure that fans keep themselves invested in the DC Extended Universe, and producer Deborah Snyder’s promising, if somewhat political, comments to Collider‘s own Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub indicate a shift in thinking:
“Justice League is much more inclusive. I think also you have these two very young characters, Flash and Cyborg. And you know, they’re definitely lighter. I think they’re going to appeal to a younger audience.”
The reporters were also given the opportunity to watch a scene from the movie being filmed involving J. Jonah Jameson’s…sorry..J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon talking with Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Ezra Miller’s The Flash atop the Gotham Police Station roof. Apparently, the four are talking about the disappearance of some scientists, and then Ray Fisher’s Cyborg walks across the rooftop towards them saying that the head of S.T.A.R Labs has been abducted. Many reporters specifically point out The Flash as being a focal point for clear evidence of the conscious change in tone from Batman v Superman, and that Miller really brings the character to life, something he’ll have to do following Grant Gustin’s portrayal of Barry Allen on The Flash TV series. Weintraub himself doesn’t hold back his feelings towards what he saw saying:
It’s very much a comic book panel come to life with the way everyone is standing and framed to the camera. I’m smiling wide from ear to ear.
Deborah Snyder also stated that BvS is “the darkest it will get” in the DCEU, and it sounds as though the character breakdown approach that Zack Snyder wanted to explore in Man of Steel and BvS has been pushed out in order to bring some fun and levity to the movie. Justice League will be more focused on the character interactions and how the individual heroes can team together to strategically deal with serious situations, with a degree of humour as proceedings unfold.
The story will revolve around the three Mother boxes that exist within the DCEU, one of which is in the hands of mankind (seen in the BvS Cyborg scene), another with the Amazonians and the third with the Atlanteans. As also shown in BvS, Darkseid’s parademons will have a strong presence in JL and both the Old Gods and the New Gods will be involved in the story, much to the excitement of Jack Kirby fans. The film’s main villain will be Steppenwolf, who featured in an early-released deleted scene from Dawn of Justice (pictured above).
It seems the filmmakers have really listened to the negativity surrounding Batman v Superman and want to make it crystal clear that changes are being implemented as we speak. The future of DC films may not be as bleak as we thought.
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.
Justice League is scheduled for a November 17th, 2017 release date.