When DC opened the floodgates last month with info on Justice League, we all assumed that would be the extent of it for a while. Little did we know that they actually had some tricks up their sleeve at SDCC, starting with the first teaser trailer which you can watch above. One thing is plainly obvious from this teaser, and that's the fact that DC wants a much lighter, more Marvel-esque tone for the film. In fact, the film that it seems to have the most in common with, based on this first trailer, is X-Men.
Much like X-Men, DC has taken a character not known for his leadership abilities (Batman) and put him front and center while sidelining the typical leader of the team (Superman) by making him something of an asshole. This is the same thing that Fox did with Wolverine and Cyclops, respectively, and it's interesting to see them crib that same formula. It makes sense in the grand scheme of things (i.e. business first), but it also runs counter to the comic origins of these characters. Having said that, this trailer certainly makes the film look worlds better than Batman v Superman, which was probably the most dour and humorless comic book movie ever made. It just reeks of rapid course correction, something that Hollywood loves to do.
There were also some other interesting tidbits from Saturday's Hall H presentation. Let's take a look, shall we...
Justice League: Assemble Gather?
Here's our first official group shot of the actors in costume for the film. No word on how or when Superman will re-enter the picture, but of course we all knew he'd be there. This is also our first good look at Ezra Miller's Flash and Ray Fisher's Cyborg, both of whom look... I'm really trying not to use the word XTREME, but that's all I can think of when I look at them. We've also got the film's official synopsis...
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Aquaman Has a Writer
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news over the weekend that James Wan's Aquaman flick finally has a writer attached. Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall, who was once attached to write Justice League, is now officially the screenwriter for this 2018 release, and is said to be working closely with Wan and Geoff Johns to create a script based on their story outline. Sadly this was the only major revelation about the film, though Momoa absolutely kills it in that Justice League trailer, so I think this flick could end up being the ace up DC's sleeve.
Justice League Website Launches, Unveils Logos
DC also unveiled the official website for Justice League, which you can visit by clicking here. While there's very little on the site at the moment, we did get these sweet logos for each member of the league. No word on which member of Lex Luthor's staff designed them, but they look just like the ones we saw briefly in BvS...
That does it for Justice League at SDCC 2016. Brandy will be bringing us some in-depth coverage on Wonder Woman, including the first official trailer for the film, later today! Stay tuned, true believers!