It’s only a few weeks to go before the long-awaited comic-book epic Justice League arrives in Cineworld on 17th November and, like all huge releases, details are being kept quiet for obvious reasons.
We wouldn’t want anything to be spoiled before we see it on the big screen now would we? Trailers are therefore the studio’s spoiler-free way of clueing us in to what we can expect by hinting at some plot points, as well as giving us a feel for the film’s tone.
Earlier this month at New York Comic Con (one of the biggest pop culture events in the world) we were treated to a brand new trailer that filled us in on some more details about the film. Here’s everything we found in the new Justice League trailer...
Superman is (still) dead
The finale of Batman vs Superman left fans stunned when director Zack Snyder made the bold decision to kill Superman (Henry Cavill) who sacrificed himself during his battle with Doomsday.
The latest trailer opens with a breathtaking shot of Cavill and Amy Adams (who plays investigative journalist and love interest Lois Lane) standing in a field in a sequence mirroring their meeting in Man of Steel. Has Superman been resurrected like the last scene of BvS suggests?
Not yet anyway – turns out we fell for the classic dream sequence trick. Superman is still very much deceased and, as we discover in the trailer, the world is in pieces without him. Moreover, snippets of dialogue from Batman (Ben Affleck) suggests that he’s determined to live up to “a promise” he made him; the reason why he decided to form the Justice League.
This isn’t to say Superman will remain dead and buried, however. Could the out-of-frame mystery figure to whom Alfred (Jeremy Irons) speaks in the previous trailer be Superman?
A first invasion
During the trailer, we see shots of the grotesque parademons swarming a desolated landscape, but if you take a closer look at other shots it looks as if we’ll be seeing a previous attempt by Justice League villain Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) to take over Earth.
Take a closer look in the background of this shot and you’ll see an ancient looking army charging towards them. Our historical theory is given more weight when we get a close-up of a man who looks like he’s transforming into a parademon wearing what we believe could be Atlantean of ancient Greek armour.
Given that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) seems to be aware of the impending “invasion”, her knowledge of history may play a vital role in the film.
Wonder Woman in London
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Midway through the trailer we get a shot of Wonder Woman heroically standing atop a golden statue. Known as Old Bailey or Lady Justice, this statue can be found on London’s Central Criminal Court.
Could this mean Diana will have some business to take care of in the UK or, given that this shot’s part of a sequence illustrating what other Justice League members are up to, could this shot take place before the invasion begins?
Battles against Steppenwolf
In some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shots we see both Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Wonder Woman battling Steppenwolf individually and, from what the trailer reveals, it doesn’t look like either are faring too well.
Aquaman is pummelled underwater and Diana gets bested in a sword fight. Our best guess is that each member will be defeated in a one-on-one fight against Steppenwolf before realising, as Bruce says in the trailer, that they can only win as a team. It’s a little clichéd but we don’t mind the odd one as long as it’s pulled off effectively.
Justice League won’t be giving us just one epic parademon battle. As well as the historic first invasion the trailer hints that Steppenwolf will come close to achieving an end of the world situation for humanity.
Shots of our heroes fighting through hordes of parademons in deserted streets as an unworldly storm rages in the background is our first big clue that something’s not right with the world. This isn’t the only religious symbolism in the trailer, however.
Look at the shot of the parademons erupting from the nuclear plant again. Don’t they remind you of a swarm of locusts? An apocalypse situation would fit in perfectly with the religious themes addressed in both Man of Steel and BvS so we’re eager to see how they could play into Justice League.
A more lighthearted movie
Stakes might be higher than ever for Batman and friends when Steppenwolf attempts to turn everyone on earth into a swarm of monsters, but not even an impending apocalypse is going to dampen their spirits.
One of the biggest criticisms of BvS was it felt too stoic and took itself a little too seriously, which was why Joss Whedon was hired to take over as director after Snyder had to sadly step down.
Whedon’s influence can definitely be felt in this latest trailer. The film has a much brighter colour palette than before and there’s some great one-liners in there too. It looks like we’ll be getting some banter between Bats and Aquaman in addition to some fantastic comedy from Ezra Miller as The Flash.
Although Snyder’s signature visual style is still very much evident, Whedon’s input means we’ll get heroes who feel more human, which can only make Justice League all the more enjoyable as a result.
That was everything we were able to uncover from Justice League’s latest trailer. If you’re hungry for more you’re just going to have to wait a few more weeks until it’s released in Cineworld on 17th November – don’t worry, it’ll be here in a Flash.
Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.