Everything you need to know about the new 'Justice League' movie
From its visual style to the big alien villain, this superhero ensemble film is shaping up to deliver a giant 'POW!'
Arriving in November 2017, the various storylines and characters that American director Zack Snyder has been crafting since 2011's "Man of Steel" will finally come together in "Justice League." The ensemble film will bring together for the first time ever on the big screen Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash. Their mission? To stop some crazed alien overlord from uncovering three magical boxes that could potentially enslave all life and destroy the planet. In other words, just another day in the life of a superhero.
Below is everything we currently know about "Justice League." In the months leading up to its premiere, we'll be updating this page with new rumors, trailers and other glimpses, so be sure to check back often.
The first trailer has arrived
Ask any superhero fan and they'll likely all agree that DC Comics and Warner Bros. know how to put together a fantastic trailer. The latest teaser for "Justice League" is no different, giving us a dizzying array of action, snippets of the villains, and some hilarious one-liners. And while musical covers are a dime a dozen these days, we have to give a big thumbs up to the use of The Beatles "Come Together" for this one. Zack Snyder had our curiosity before, but this trailer just captured our attention. November can't come soon enough.
The international trailer packs its own unique punch
With a slew of new action-packed scenes involving superheroes like the Flash, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman, the international trailer for "Justice League" is worth a few minutes of your time. If anything, this promo improves on the original trailer by keeping things concise and without revealing too much of the plot. Perhaps the producers are finally tearing a page out of the trailer playbook for "The Last Jedi" and "The Force Awakens?"
The Comic-Con trailer raises the stakes
At the recent San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. took the wraps off a "Justice League" trailer filled with action, humor, and even a sneak peek at the villain. It's also evident whatever Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the team is up against is clearly not something they can handle without a certain Kryptonian.
"How many of you are there?" American actor J.K. Simmons, making the jump from Marvel to DC Comics, asks the five superheroes. "Not enough," replies Batman.
One other cool thing to note is the film's return to Wonder Woman's home island of Themyscira. From what we can tell, the citadel serves as some kind of portal to allow the villain Steppenwolf to descend to Earth. Fans take note: We may be in for another epic battle of the Amazons.
A seriously jacked Wonder Woman
After wowing critics in "Batman v Superman," a feat she's likely to pull off yet again in the solo "Wonder Woman" film, Israeli actress Gal Gadot wasted little time in hitting the gym to continue her impressive transformation as the Amazonian Warrior Princess.
Last August, the "Keeping up with the Joneses" star posted an image of her boxing with a trainer, one of many physical disciplines she takes on daily to stay in shape. She's also big into pilates, weightlifting and a popular form of intense self-defense training known as Krav Maga.
Due to a family tragedy, Snyder is stepping away
Director Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot in a behind-the-scenes shot from 'Justice League.' Due to a family tragedy, Snyder has announced that he is stepping away from finishing the film. (Photo: Gal Gadot)
After suffering a tragic loss to their family in March, Snyder has announced that he and his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, will be stepping away from final production on the film.
“I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me,” Snyder said in a statement. “I know the fans are going to be worried about the movie, but there are seven other kids that need me,” he added. “In the end, it’s just a movie.”
To help finish the film in time for its November release, Warner Bros. has enlisted the help of American director (and former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator) Joss Whedon.
In a message posted to Facebook, Gal Gadot gave tribute to Snyder and his beautiful family. "You have created so much that will last forever. Wonderful things," she wrote. "Your values are left in your movies, your friends and most of all your special beautiful family. The love you have for people, kindness and selflessness are your legacy to us. Thank you Zack. Love you always."
It may be the longest superhero movie ever
If you loved the cinematic length of films like "The Dark Knight," "Avatar," and "Titanic," you're going to really enjoy the rumored running time for "Justice League."
Reporters at CinemaCon during Warner Bros. event for the upcoming DC Comics epic have heard rumors that the film will run 170 minutes or just under three hours. This would make it officially longer than such recent lengthy hits like "The Revenant" (2h 36m) or "The Martian" (2h 31m).
Of course, when it comes to an ensemble film that not only deals with the recruitment of, but also the backstories, of superheroes like Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman, perhaps a longer runnnig time is exactly what the film needs to succeed. As long as we have plenty of scenes with Wonder Woman kicking butt, we certainly won't be complaining.
Danny Elfman will score the film
Director Joss Whedon has brought on the American film composer Danny Elfman to score "Justice League." The 64-year-old, best known for creating iconic scores for films like "Batman" and Israeli producer Avi Arad's "Spider-Man" franchise, is replacing Dutch composer Antonius Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL.
"As my mentor Hans Zimmer told me — you haven't made it in Hollywood as a composer until you get replaced on a project," said Holkenberg, who is moving on to score the upcoming film adaptation of the video game 'Tomb Raider.' "So I guess [I] finally graduated this week. It pains me to leave the project, but a big thanks to Zack for asking me to part of his vision, and I wish Danny, Joss and Warner Bros all the best with 'Justice League'."
Snyder has shared some Aquaman test footage
Working on my birthday 🎉 pic.twitter.com/tLidlUrcyn— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) March 2, 2017
While celebrating his birthday on March 1, Zack Snyder posted to Twitter some first footage of Aquaman, played by American actor Jason Momoa, swimming underwater. Initially, there were questions over whether the entire scene, including Aquaman himself, were all generated using computer graphics.
“People were wondering whether he was CG or not,” Snyder said. “He’s not … hair and environment CG, otherwise all Jason.” As a way of offering proof, Snyder then posted a snapshot of the scene without the added visual effects showing Momoa attached to a mobile crane.
Its tone is being compared to 'Return of the Jedi'
While the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is being touted as taking the franchise in a "darker" direction, the "Justice League" film will reportedly push the DC Comics franchise more towards the light.
"Justice League was always the rebirth of hope," visual effects supervisor Bryan Hirota told Heroic Hollywood. "People try to say that it's a response to the backlash, and I'd definitely say that criticisms were heard. But it's not like we threw everything out and started with a blank slate. It's a bit like Star Wars. 'Empire Strikes Back'? Dark movie! But then 'Return of the Jedi' is the rise and the rebuilding of hope."
There's a filming wrap montage
To celebrate the wrap of principal filming in London on Oct. 7, 2016, Snyder released a behind-the-scenes montage showing off some of the sets, crew and amusing antics from the cast.
While the production team took advantage of Warner Bros. studios in Leavesden, U.K., for some scenes, the rest of the movie embraced a wide variety of international locations. According to reports, "Justice League" shot footage in Scotland, Los Angeles and in Djúpavík in the Westfjords of Iceland.
Henry Cavill hints at new Superman suit
Superman, played by British actor Henry Cavill, didn't exactly have the happiest of endings in "Batman v Superman." That said, everyone is well aware that he will return for "Justice league," and it's likely that he'll be dropping the red and blue suit in favor of something a bit darker.
Back in August, Cavill posted an image to Instagram of a piece of the Superman suit sporting a black theme. This color shift is actually pulled directly from the story arc of the comic "Death of Superman," which featured the resurrection of the man of steel after his death at the hands of Doomsday. Despite being back among the living, Superman can no longer absorb the sun's rays to help charge his superpowers. The black suit, however, absorbs the energy and helps him heal.
For those purists out there not in favor of this new look, don't worry. In the comics, Superman went back to his traditional garb after only a few issues.
The Amazons will cameo
Spoiler alert! Despite her character's unfortunate end early on in the "Wonder Woman" solo film, American actress Robin Wright says General Antiope appear in "Justice League."
During an interview with the LA Times, Gal Gadot, Wright, and Danish actress Connie Nielsen, who plays Queen Hippolyta, hinted that the upcoming film will give their characters a bit more backstory.
"[Wright and I] got to do more in 'Justice League' as well," said Nielsen. "As sisters as well. Kind of badass as well. We can't say much, but ..."
"... And more of the story, you get some of the history," added Wright.
The alien Steppenwolf is the film's big bad
Irish actor Ciaran Hinds, recently seen as the villainous Mance Rayder in HBO's "Game of Thrones," will be taking on the role of Steppenwolf in "Justice League."
In the comics, Steppenwolf is a supervillain and uncle to Darkseid, the tyrannical ruler of the planet Apokolips. While it was hinted at in "Batman v Superman" that Darkseid would be "Justice League's" big bad, it appears that Steppenwolf will act on his behalf and lead the mayhem instead. According to sources, Steppenwolf will be after three "mother boxes," magical artifacts that will act as the film's macguffins.
“[Back] before there was a history … mankind, the Atlanteans – before they were under water – the Amazonians and, actually, the old gods, teamed together and decided that – based on an event that happened – these mother boxes were going to be placed in the care of, as I say, the Amazonians, mankind and the Atlanteans,” American producer Charles Roven revealed. “So that allows us to get into some of those environments.”
As for what Steppenwolf might look like in "Justice League," its been widely reported that he appeared as the alien Lex Luthor was communicating with in a deleted scene from "Batman v Superman." You can have a look at that clip here, which appears to include the mythical mother boxes.
Deathstroke may make an appearance
In a picture tweeted last September, Zack Snyder shared an image of himself working on a storyboard for "Justice League" while wearing a piece of Batman's tactical armor. Some eagle-eyed fans, after isolating and zooming in on the storyboard in the picture, were able to discern that the scenes involve none other than the superhero Deathstroke.
American actor Joe Manganiello, who previously starred in Israeli producer Avi Arad's 2002 film "Spider-Man" as Flash Thompson, has been confirmed to play Deathstroke in the upcoming standalone film "The Batman." As that film is still in the development stage, it stands to reason that Snyder is eager to give fans a brief cameo of one of the most beloved assassins in DC Comics.
The Batmobile and Batman's suit are getting upgrades
Posting to Vero, Zack Snyder shared an image of the upgraded Batmobile set to appear in "Justice League." As seen above, the Dark Knight's preferred mode of transportation will have even more firepower than previous incarnations. Clearly, Bruce Wayne isn't leaving anything to chance.
And speaking of Batman, you can expect the caped crusader's suit to bring some new toys to the party as well. In a promotional image for the film, Batman's new tactical suit has additional armor, new eye pieces and a more streamlined cowl. As fans have noted, it looks like something straight out of the popular "Arkham Knight" video game.
The visual style will mimic 'Batman v. Superman'
Wonder Woman, played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, in a scene from 'Justice League.' (Photo: Fabian Wagner/Instagram)
If you were hoping that "Justice League" might finally drop the bleak lighting that permeated both "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman," prepare to be disappointed. According to German cinematographer Fabian Wagner, best known for his work on HBO's "Game of Thrones," his shooting style was very much influenced by the previous films.
"Last year I was fortunate enough to work with Zack Snyder on his new movie 'Justice League'. I had always been a fan of his work and of his longtime cinematographer Larry Fong," he wrote on Instagram. "I tried to put my own stamp onto it but Larry's dark and beautiful lighting was a huge source of inspiration. I had the best time working with all of those guys."
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