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What we discovered in the latest Justice League trailer

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The latest Justice League trailer recently landed at Comic Con, so we've donned our capes and have launched into its highlights for your reading pleasure.


Come together

A reprise of the Beatles cover heard in the earlier trailer as Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) dodges bullets and foils a robbery. It's all about the nu-metal attitude, see – it suits the relatively grungier and more industrial look of the Justice League movie.

In a nice tie-in to the warm humour of this summer's solo movie, Diana's response is that she did nothing all day. This would appear to tie in with new director Joss Whedon's witty tendencies (remember he's taken over from exiting filmmaker Zack Snyder).


Superman no more

In-keeping with the DC Universe this looks to strike something of a bleaker tone as we're informed that the Superman (Henry Cavill) is no more.

The beady-eyed among you will have spotted this shot of London's Tower Bridge adorned with Supes' logo, a sign of how much is death has infected every corner of the world. But is he actually gone?


Batman

The Justice League movie is the first DC epic to cross over between the various environments from Themyscira to Metropolis to Gotham. The latter is now represented by a new Commissioner Gordon (Whiplash Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons) and Ben Affleck's returning Dark Knight.

That said, the latter still has a penchant for balancing on top of ridiculously precarious platforms like in Christopher Nolan's trilogy. Will he ever learn?


No heroes

The two figureheads of the eventual Justice League group, Batman and Wonder Woman, meet and discuss the possibility of a world without Superman – and consequently without hope.

Nevertheless Bruce Wayne is confident that a new age of heroes is on the rise.


Enter Steppenwolf

No, not the band. Our first look at the villain played via motion capture by Munich actor Ciaran Hinds. The horned god hails from the planet Apokolips, and is in fact part of a feared race known as the 'New Gods'.

Steppenwolf looks to establish the chaos of Apokolips on Earth with a little help from the dreaded winged Parademons whom Batman saw in his Batman v Superman vision.

In the movie he's ageing and in thrall to his nephew, infamous super-villain Darkseid, as Hinds explains

"He’s old, tired, still trying to get out of his own enslavement to Darkseid, [but] he has to keep on this line to try and take over worlds."


Aquaman

A new look at Jason Momoa's Atlantis ruler – this shot shows Steppenwolf invading the character's underwater realm, which promises to add a new, invigorating dynamic to the DC's canon of fight sequences.


Cyborg

Something of an unknown quantity to those who haven't read the comics (until now he's only made a brief appearance in Batman v Superman), Cyborg (played by Ray Fisher) has a complex history.

Cyborg is part-human, part-metal, a result of a tragic series of events stemming from experiments initiated by his parents, Silas and Elinore Stone.

It remains to be seen how much of this background will remain in the movie but Zack Snyder said, prior to his departure, that the character is at the heart of the action:

"You have Jason stomping around as this inked hairy man, just this mythic figure. And you’ve got Ezra, who’s full of life and hilarious and all over the place and amazing — a really fun and also poignant Flash,” Snyder said. “And Ray’s story is in a lot of the ways the heart of the movie."


The Flash

The most intriguing addition to the Justice League line-up, and the one who finally promises to inject humour into the DC landscape, is Ezra Miller's Barry Allen, better known by his superhero moniker.

We Need to Talk About Kevin and Perks of Being a Wallflower actor Miller is in fact the second person to play the character. He's portrayed on the small screen by Grant Gustin.

Even so the movie has the advantage of a significantly bigger budget on its side, all the better for portraying The Flash's remarkable superhuman speed.


Alfred

One of the best lines in the movie comes from Jeremy Irons' ever-loyal butler, who slyly makes reference to the wider Batman universe with a comment about "exploding wind-up penguins".

An in-joke about the preceding Batman movies? Or a hint that we're about to get a new Penguin in Matt Reeves' upcoming The Batman?


So that's what that feels like...

Another indicator of this movie's increasingly self-referential, jokey tone comes when Flash comments on Batman's ability to disappear from a scene without a moment's notice. 

This happened a lot in Nolan's movies and it's nice they're continuing the joke continuity here, despite the fact this a completely new movie universe. Plus, the tone has got Joss Whedon written all over it.

Even so, will he be able to balance the broodier tone of the earlier DC movies with the increasing desire to make things more audience-friendly? Only time will tell.


Superman returns?

Come in – it's got to be the Man of Steel that Alfred is talking to at the end of the trailer... right? After all, we know that Henry Cavill is in the movie due to the ongoing moustache controversy (see here).

What did you notice in the Justice League trailer? Let us know @Cineworld. The movie hits our screens on 17th November.