A recent trend I’ve noticed is that everything concerning the DC Extended Universe gets analyzed and dissected more than most big budget movies. Ever since Joss Whedon took over directing duties for Zack Snyder on Justice League, the microscope has been further analyzed on the film. Recent reports came out that the film was deemed “unwatchable” by Warner Bros. execs. Now if this is true or not, who is to say. But I know personally I am not worried about the reshoots or additional photography, whatever you want to call it, as it is clear that the studio is trying to make the best film possible.
I don’t know why reshoots came to be such a taboo thing. If you see a problem with a film and you have the ability to fix it, why not do it? The fact that everything must be perfect from the start is an insane concept in itself as well. So if there are problems with Justice League and I do think that there are, then take the time to fix them. If the film came out “unwatchable” and was released as that, people would jump on the film even harder than if they didn’t. So it’s kind of a lose lose situation.
Sure these reshoots are a bit more than typical but sometimes that happens. Does not necessarily mean that the film will be a wreck. Apocalypse Now and the recent Rogue One are examples of films that underwent massive reshoots and the films turned out fine. Of course it can turn out the other way but that can happen on films that did not undergo reshoots. So it’s all just a process.
You don’t necessarily turn in a class paper with your first draft. Some people feel content with that and it turns out fine. Others work on it until the very end and it also turns out fine. The opposite effects happen for both situations as well. Making a film is similar to this. I hope that the film is a success as I love the DC superheroes and want them to prosper on film.
So here’s a sort of new poster for the Justice League film
From San Diego Comic Con 2017.
From San Diego Comic Con 2017. One conspicuously missing member whom we all know is in the movie.
First thing first, no Superman. We all know that the Man of Steel is in the movie and probably more than a cameo. They even brought Henry Cavill out at San Diego Comic Con 2016 to show that he was in the movie. We know Lex Luthor and Lois Lane both play important roles in the movie. We even see a brief shot of Lois Lane looking towards the sky. Maybe she’s looking at her returned love. Who’s to say? But I can commend Warner Bros. on playing coy about Superman.
But other than that, I think it was a good trailer. We see how Batman is the one to bring the team together. This was hinted at in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. We still don’t know the extent of Wonder Woman’s role in forming the team. She really does not play that much of an element in the trailer. Instead it mainly focuses on the three new heroes who were introduced in cameos in BvS.
The Flash was always going to have the hardest time. The superhero already has a hit television show on The CW. We even see that they have the same origins with the father being in prison after being falsely accused of murder of Barry’s mother. The way that The Flash’s powers work in this universe make him much more faster than any other live action incarnation. Plus Ezra Miller is the total opposite of what Barry Allen traditionally looks like and younger as well. He does look much like Robin than Allen but he looks to be Batman’s sidekick in the movie.
Cyborg is the one who gets the least amount of screentime in the trailer. I figure this may be due to the heavy special effects nature of his character and these shots might not be done. But we do get a sense of his abilities and what he is capable of. In BvS it looked like a Mother Box (powerful tools used by the New Gods…it’s complicated) helped form him into what he is now. We know that the forces of Apokolips play an important part in this movie as the main antagonist but it makes you wonder what Cyborg will function as.
Aquaman looks to be the life of the party. The one who gets off on the thrill of battle. Nothing cooler than seeing Aquaman ride on top of the Batmobile while Batman can only smirk. There is a quick shot of Mera in the trailer as well. It is known that a Mother Box resides with the Atlanteans but we do not know Aquaman’s status with Atlantis. It will be interesting to see his dynamic with Batman as he seems to grate on Batman at best.
We also see a lighter side of Batman in this. I was not a fan of the way Batman was in BvS. Talking about how “you’re not a man” and “men are brave” and all that. It was all a little too xenophobic for me. But this movie seems to have taken a step back. While Batman will probably not be cracking jokes, he does have a dry wit about him. This is apparent in most of his interactions shown in the trailer with Aquaman, The Flash and Commissioner Gordon. By the way, J.K. Simmons looks great as Gordon.
There is not much to the trailer other than mostly battle scenes which are good and bad. Hopefully WB does not do what they did with BvS and ruin all the set pieces before the movie even premieres. Justice League looks to be fluffy fun which is something that the DCEU can use at the moment. Remember The Avengers in 2012, there was not much in terms of plot when it came to that moment. This movie looks to be following suit as well as assemble the team (and possibly resurrect Superman) and kick ass. I honestly hope this movie does not suck.
Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Batman, Aquaman and The Flash stand tall in front of the team logo.
Of course there’s one member we all know that’s in the movie missing.
Three of the five (but really six) members ready for action
2017 is upon us and that means it is time for more information about blockbusters to be revealed. Other than a set visit and certain images, not much has been revealed about the upcoming Justice League. We know the lineup, we know the villain and the basic plot. But with what is known, there are still a lot of questions especially concerning Superman himself.
We see in this image that the team is leaving some sort of ship and are staring into a field. Well where was Clark Kent/Superman buried? In a field. Is this a subtle way yet not actually showing the team going to see the body of the Man of Steel? We know that Superman isn’t dead per se but his role in the movie is being kept under wraps. This is similar to the Luke Skywalker situation in The Force Awakens.
Either way it is a nice image of the team before the one key member returns. Justice League will be released in November.
“The Extinction Machines” Part 3
The arc continues from the previous issues events and picks up maybe a few hours after. Here we learn that Superman is being sent on a potential suicide mission to the Earth’s core. In a poignant moment, we see Superman talking with Lois Lane and their son Jon before his trip. This is all while Batman is keeping his distance but still a voyeur to the intimate family moment. It’s not really touched upon in the issue but this is presumably Batman’s first time seeing this Superman with his family. The other two issues have stated how Batman is wary of this Superman but maybe this will be the turning point in their relationship. Now that he sees this Superman is a man with a family and Lois actually threatens him if something happens to her husband and Jon offers him some cookies, maybe Batman will turn the other cheek towards The Man of Steel.
But the other heroes still have other things to deal with as well. Being are seemingly drawing off of the origin of their abilities. The way each being talks makes it seem like that they are living “arks” as they harvest the inhabitants of the planet in case of the oncoming disaster. The disaster is also the threat that the Justice League has been dealing with since the first issue. So seemingly this is a threat that has happened many times before in Earth’s history. Aquaman is still off on his own separate but connected adventure but it appears it might finally tie in in the next issue.
As Batman and Cyborg send Superman to the center of the Earth, they are attacked by the alien beings from the previous issues. So now they must protect themselves but also Superman’s family. Superman is also in a precarious incident as being in the Earth’s core is no joke. The intense heat and pressure is something that he is surviving but for how long can he do so. But finding a barrier in the Earth’s core and one that is unbreakable is another thing he has to deal with.
The high concept and high action is a theme that continues with this issue. It has been the thing that I have actually loved about the series so far. If you’re going to get the world’s greatest superheroes all together, they have to be facing incredible threats that would justify them being all together. The mystery is still intriguing but it does seem to be padded out. I’m not too sure as to how long this arc is supposed to go on but something needs to happen in the next issue. But it is nice to see a nice rapport between all of the characters and they all have their own distinct voice. Bryan Hitch and Tony Daniels continue to do good work on the series.
“The Extinction Machine” kicks off
Following the one shot Justice League: Rebirth issue, the series proper has kicked off. Immediately it kicks off with action and little set up to how we got there. The only thing known is that there are multiple extinction level events going off around the world and the eight Justice League members are dealing with them. While things such as earthquakes might be common, the fact that there are so many happening shows that something is wrong. It doesn’t help that the civilians around each hero seemingly gets taken over by a mysterious force who also manages to cancel that hero’s powers.
Each member of the team gets a moment to shine except for Superman but more on that later. This is what the Justice League is all about. Saving the world from the bigger threats. The only hero who doesn’t get much to shine is Superman as he is something of a mere cameo in this issue. It’s not fully known but considering that this new Superman is actually the old Superman, he appears to be aloof to his teammates. All the members are in constant contact with one another except for Superman who seems to draw the suspicion of Batman.
The mystery of who or what is behind the events is sure to be the main mystery of the arc and also the why. They are using similar type of insectoids seen in the Rebirth one shot. The Justice League is probably one of its more powerful incarnations, they are sure to rise to the challenge. This is still very much a first issue even though it is something of a second issue but there is a lot of setup. We do see interesting character beats as the previously mentioned suspicions of Batman towards Superman and the two new Green Lanterns not being sure of themselves. Wonder Woman looks to be shaping up to be the leader of the team.
When Bryan Hitch talked about this series and considering his previous Justice League of America series right before this one, he is all about the action. Hitch is known for popularizing the “widescreen action” in comics and even though he does not draw this issue, it still shows in his writing. The artist, Tony Daniel, has always been a great artist and it continues to show here. From the opening pages of Wonder Woman literally dropping into the middle of a warzone to the underwater goings of Aquaman, his art never stutters. He seems to be the perfect artist for this type of ensemble book.
It is a good way to start of the premiere title for the DC Universe. This is the big action book about the top heroes. I was not the biggest fan of the issue as it was a little too light on plot but there is enough of a kernel to keep me coming back for more. I am mostly intrigued about how Superman is going to interact with this team. A fun read nonetheless.
The first teaser trailer for Justice League was revealed at San Diego Comic Con 2016. To say that I was pumped is an understatement. The Justice League is my favorite team in all of comics so even though I was not the biggest fan of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, I am all about second chances. To be fair there is something uneven about the trailer and that is probably because they are only about halfway done shooting the film. But it still does a good job of establishing what the second DCEU film in 2017 will be about.
Bruce Wayne/Batman and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman are assembling a team. We see Bruce Wayne encounter Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Barry Allen/The Flash. These two quickly establish what the tone will probably be in the film. The interactions between Bruce and Arthur are more tense with an of levity in them while the interactions between Bruce and Barry are more lighthearted. Barry immediately jumps at the call to join the team while Arthur does not. This is highlighted in a humorous scene between Bruce and Diana where they joke about Arthur not wanting to join the team.
One of the biggest complaints about Batman v. Superman was how dour the film was. This film seems to be rectifying this as well. Though things seem to be very serious such as Bruce’s narration as to why he’s assembling the team, most of the characters seem to be more lighthearted about the events. I don’t expect this to be the tone throughout but it is nice to see. Not everything needs to be serious especially when it’s just characters interacting with one another.
There isn’t much in the way of Batman and Wonder Woman as we have seen those characters. We do get to see more of the new characters such as The Flash and Aquaman and Victor Stone/Cyborg. The film goes out of its way to differentiate this Flash from the television counterpart. Whenever he uses his super powers, he seems to create lightning storms in his wake. We see Arthur Curry and Bruce mentions how he likes to come and help the village that he is visiting. So we establish that Aquaman is a man of the people but it seems like he will be the hardest member to join up. There is not much of Cyborg, probably because he requires a lot of CGI work but we do get a taste. His interactions show that this a man who is now mostly machine. His voice is bordering on robotic but there is some humor again played up between he and Batman.
Of course there is the elephant in the room. Where is Superman? It is no secret that he is in the film. I won’t spoil the events of Batman v. Superman but he was left in a peculiar predicament and none of the characters know about that. So what brings him into the film? This is all exciting as there is no Justice League without Superman.
Has the DC Extended Universe had some problems? Absolutely. But let’s attribute them to growing pains. It seems that with Wonder Woman and Justice League, things are finally getting on track. The future of the DCEU looks bright. There is no star more important to it than the Justice League.