Justice League Part One(2017)
- RatedTBDGenreAction, Adventure
- LanguageEngIn CinemasNov 16 2017
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The DC Extended Universe has gotten flack for being too grim and dour, but after the uplifting Wonder Woman, things might be getting a touch cheerier. The highly-anticipated Justice League, which sees our heroes come together in Superman’s absence to fight an otherworldly threat, got a big hype boost over Comic-Con weekend. At San Diego Comic-Con International, the cast got along like a house on fire. Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry/Aquaman) entered through the crowd wielding his Aquaman trident, offering a sneak peek at his solo film. Then, he was joined onstage by Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Ezra Miller (Barry Allen/The Flash) and Ray Fisher (Vic Stone/Cyborg).
Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa
Miller cosplayed as Edward Elric from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist, while Fisher ripped off his shirt reading “Borg Life” to reveal a shirt underneath reading “I Love Z S”, in tribute to director Zack Snyder. Snyder departed Justice League in the aftermath of a personal tragedy, with Joss Whedon taking over to finish the film. After the footage was screened, Momoa got so excited he picked up his folding chair and smashed it on the ground.
Affleck took the opportunity to dispel the rumour that he would be quitting the Batman role. "Let me be clear. I'm the luckiest guy. Batman is the coolest f***ing part in any universe, DC, Marvel," he said. "I'm so excited to do it. I think there's this misconception that because I'm not directing it I'm not doing it," Affleck continued. He was originally slated to direct the solo Batman film, but vacated the director’s chair, with Matt Reeves (Dawn of and War for the Planet of the Apes) taking his place. "But I'm so excited to be Batman," he assured the cheering Hall H crowd.
Gal Gadot and young fan
There were also several touching moments courtesy of the DCEU actors at the convention: a young female fan was so overwhelmed when she met Gal Gadot at an autograph signing that she started to cry. Gadot held the girl’s hands, telling her “oh, don’t cry, we’re here together”.
“That’s a warrior,” Miller said of the fan.
“That’s a sweet kid,” Affleck observed.
Scott Derrickson, the director of Doctor Strange, later posted a photo of this interaction on Twitter, with the caption “these movies matter”.
When another young fan asked the panel about Superman’s whereabouts, Momoa answered "I'm not sure if your parents showed you the last movie, but Superman is dead."
Gadot softened the blow by saying “We can't say much, but if you're a big fan of Superman you're going to love Justice League."
In case the young boy was genuinely saddened by Momoa’s response, Momoa made it up to him during an autograph signing, telling the young fan that Superman wasn’t really dead.
Ray Fisher as Cyborg
The new trailer gives us a glimpse at the film’s villain Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), the lieutenant of the alien warlord and ruler of the planet Apokolips, Darkseid. In the Ultimate Edition cut of Batman v Superman, Steppenwolf can be seen communicating with Lex Luthor in the Kryptonian ship. Our heroes are seen fighting Steppenwolf’s army of Parademons, with Aquaman using one as a surfboard while he falls through the air in one scene. Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) wryly references the character’s rogues gallery, quipping “One misses the days when one's biggest concerns were exploding wind-up penguins”. The trailer also shows that even the Amazons on Themyscira are affecting by the far-reaching invasion spearheaded by Steppenwolf, with Wonder Woman’s sisters charging into battle against the alien army.Justice comes to theatres in November 2017.
Watch the trailer here!