Earlier today, quite a bit of information regarding the upcoming Justice League film was released online after select members of the press were allowed to visit the film’s set. Sadly we weren’t invited to this, but luckily for you guys, we’ve done our digging and basically sorted out the important information for you so you don’t have to do too much looking around. So without further ado, here’s everything we know about the new Justice League movie. Oh Yeah, consider this your Spoiler Warning
It’s A Standalone Film
Yes, it’s weird for a Superhero Team-Up to be described as a “standalone”, but that’s what director Zack Snyder is going with right now.
“It is a complete movie…The movie doesn’t end and you’re like, ‘Okay, well that’s the DC Universe.'”
This is what Snyder had to say when asked if we would receive something of a cliffhanger at the end of the movie. So basically, while it’s called Justice League Part One, it’ll be a completely separate movie from Justice League Part Two.
Barry Allen and Bruce Wayne Meet in First Clip
There’s still plenty of time before we see anything solid released to the public about this film, however Snyder still presented the press with their first clip, which featured Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) meeting up with Barry Allen (Ezra Miller). Here’s what apparently transpired in the scene (hat tip to comicbook.com):
The scene starts out with Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen heading into his apartment. It’s dark and seems to be part of what looks like a warehouse. It’s unconventional – high ceilings, looks old, and is powered by a circuit breaker when Barry arrives to flip its switch. When that switch is flipped, dozens of lights and TV screens hanging from the ceiling are turned on. More importantly, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne is sitting in Barry’s apartment waiting for him.
“Barry Allen… Bruce Wayne,” Bruce says to a stunned Barry. “You say that is if it’s normal to have a complete stranger sitting in my second favorite chair,” Barry responds to several laughs from the select press members watching. Bruce quickly reveals a print out of a screenshot from the convenience store surveillance footage which served as one of The Flash’s cameos in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Bruce questions Barry about what he’s doing in the moments caught on camera, but Barry insists, comedically, that is someone who looks exactly like him but is definitely not him – just an “attractive Jewish boy.”
Bruce is obviously not convinced, as he throws a Batarang at Barry, also throwing the scene into slow motion with a couple flashes of light and wind accompanying the scene. Barry steps to the side, looking at the Batarang which would have otherwise hit him in the face, and realizes Bruce Wayne is Batman. He catches it (the Batarang was not added into this part of the scene yet so Miller merely performed the motion of catching it) and looks back to Bruce. Time reverts to normal speed and Barry tells Bruce, “You’re the Batman,” to which Bruce responds, “And you’re fast.” Another comedic dime rolls out when Barry tells Bruce he thinks that way of thinking is an “over-simplification.”
Bruce reveals to Barry that he’s recruiting people like him and Barry signs up immediately, with zero hesitation. After a pause, he tells Bruce he “needs friends” and asks to keep the batarang”
Targeted For a Younger Audience
So it looks like DC / WB has maybe taken a cue from Marvel and decided to make their films less gloomy, since kids tend to be one of the biggest audiences that see their films. Deborah Snyder, the films Executive Producer offered up this statement when asked about the film’s tone:
“I think Justice League is much more inclusive [than Batman v Superman],” said executive producer Deborah Snyder. “It’s all about the characters, too. We have these two very young Flash and Cyborg characters and they’re definitely lighter. I think they’re going to appeal to a younger audience. I think Suicide Squad has its own audience, and I think Wonder Woman has its own audience. Not just women because I think the movie, I’ve seen a little bit of it, and [Director] Patty [Jenkins]’s still working on her director’s cut.”
“I think it’s going to be broad-reaching,” Snyder added. “I think the darkest [we’re going] is where we’ve been.”
Maybe we’ll see a more comedic side of each hero? Maybe a smile on Batman’s face? Who knows.
More ‘Humor and Fun’ According To Affleck
Regardless of what you thought about Batman V Superman, we can all agree that it wasn’t exactly littered with jokes and quippy one-liners. But it looks like they’re looking to change that with Justice League, and Ben Affleck is all for it. Here’s what he had to say on the topic:
“There’s definitely room for more humor. DC movies are, I think, by their nature still a little bit more Gothic or more mythic rather than some comic book movies are, but [Batman v Superman] was a heavy, dark movie. It was really rooted in Dark Knight Returns, which is a heavy, dark book. This is not that. This is a step in evolution from that about bringing together all these characters, ones who had their origins and it’s about multilateralism and it’s about hope. It’s about working together and the kind of conflicts that you have trying to work together with others. It’s a world with all these other superheroes that exist.”
Where the movie picks up after Superman’s death
Obviously this film follows the events of BvS, which Superman met his demise in at the hands of Doomsday, but how far after? Deborah Snyder provides a bit of insight on that:
“So what can I tell you about the story? Well, the story takes place a few months after we left off with BvS. As you know, with the death of Superman, his death really impacted Batman in a profound way, and he really, I think, starts to regain his faith in humanity. He also feels like there is something coming, something imminently coming, maybe even here already. So he feels, and with the help of Diana Prince, that he needs to find the rest of the metahumans…”
She also explains the effect that Superman’s death had on Batman and also Wonder Wonder:
“..here’s this alien that just gave his life, for us. And I think it really changes who Batman is. And he also feels a responsibility to honor him because he didn’t feel like he did it when they were living. So I think you are seeing the elevation of these heroes in this one…and what Superman did didn’t just motivate Bruce, although it was a big catalyst for him, but it also was sort of this big motivation for Diana, too, which you get a sense of at the end of BvS.”
Alex Ross Artwork Was Used As Inspiration For Costumes
If you’re an avid reader of Justice League or Superhero graphic novels in general, you’ve probably seen some of Alex Ross’ artwork somewhere. He has a very lifelike and iconic looking art style, and it’s pretty recognizable, so it’s no surprise that his artwork had some influence on the costume design for the Justice League in this film. Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explains his process for choosing the designs he does for these films:
“I’m a bit of a comic book fan so I do … I do absorb a lot of that sort of thing, researching comic books is a big part of my homework when I’m prepping these costumes. Then at a certain point as I said, I tried to turn the boat around, and try to think what’s right for Zack, what’s the best. I’m always honoring the legacy..I was always a fan of Alex Ross. [I] think that… there’s something so simple, iconic and beautiful about the way he does it.”
What we know about The Flash in Justice League
We’ll keep this one short and sweet for you guys:
- His costume is made up of 148 different pieces
- Ezra Miller’s Flash “might be” the best part of Justice League due to his enthusiastic personality and witty humor
- Barry Allen was born on September 30, 1992, making him 23
Yup, that’s about it.
Batman Wants Redemption
So you could probably see why Batman would kind of feel like a dick after the events of Batman V Superman. He was pretty ruthless and out for Superman’s blood, and once Superman actually got killed, he felt responsible. So what can we look forward to from Batman? Well, Ben Affleck explained it to a group of reporters while showing off his new Batsuit on the set of Justice League:
“Batman went to a very dark place that was rooted in this trauma occurred to the people that he loved and worked with and what he saw . This really is not about that issue for him so much anymore. He’s no longer extreme in that way. From the experiences of the last movie, he sort of learns some things I think and now is… I’m trying to say it without giving away any spoilers, but he’s feeling like he’s wanting to redeem himself and he’s wanting mankind to be redeemed and he’s wanting to make the world better, having learned lessons that were important in the last movie.”
Basically, Bats just wants people to like him now and he wants everyone to get along. How sweet.
Steppenwolf Confirmed as The Film’s Villain
So it looks like Steppenwolf, the character we saw in a deleted scene from Batman V Superman will actually be the first villain the Justice League will take on.
Steppenwolf ( Not to be confused with the Canadian-American rock group), is uncle of Darkseid, the ruler of Apokolips. Deborah Snyder says they don’t have an actor set in the role yet, but negotiations are in place and they’re pretty close to sealing a deal.
It’s also been announced that this film is going to introduce some Mythology from the Old Gods, which means we’re most likely going to see New Gods at some point. Steppenwolf being in the film almost solidifies this, seeing as how he is one of the New Gods.
And that’s it. That’s everything we’ve learned so far about what to expect from the Justice League film. A lot to take in, so let us know what information you’re most excited about and what else you want to see in the film in the comment section below!
Justice League Part One is scheduled to release on November 17th, 2017.