We finally get to see Clark Kent/Superman
Everyone knows Superman will be in Justice League despite being “dead” after the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. So the marketing has been playing it fast and loose with featuring the Man of Steel. Superman mainly appears in ancillary promotional materials but never like posters. This is the first major piece of marketing to feature him.
Not the actual doomsday clock. That terrifies me. I am referring to the upcoming DC Comics event. This has been a slow build as ever since DC Universe Rebirth, we know that something is on the horizon. This something just happens to involve Doctor Manhattan from the seminal Watchmen series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
Let me start by saying I don’t think Watchmen is some untouchable property. I understand its importance in the comic book medium but it’s not some holy grail to me. Just because someone does something involving these characters, does not mean it should taint your enjoyment of the original material. I really don’t like that mindset about anything. Reminds me of those who claimed “George Lucas raped my childhood” with the Star Wars prequels. If you don’t like what they’re doing or have no interest, just ignore it.
That out of the way, Doomsday Clock, looks to be an interesting event. Ever since DC Rebirth, there has been no real major event books at least concerning the DC Universe as a whole. In fact, other than the central conflict being Superman’s idealism against Doctor Manhattan’s cynicism, I have no idea what this book is going to be about. I don’t it’s going to come down to being a fist fight since Doctor Manhattan can do anything. Superman, despite the common misconception, has limits to his abilities.
DC Comics has done a good job of building towards what exactly Doctor Manhattan wants. Peppering in little things here and there, just enough to keep things connected but little enough where they overpower individual books. We know that players in the DC multiverse are being taken captive by the mysterious Mr. Oz, who happens to have a special interest in Superman. We also know that the Reverse Flash recently met his end after meeting with “God” who was heavily implied to be Doctor Manhattan. What’s the connection between Mr. Oz and Doctor Manhattan?
It is also known that the Trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) will play an important part in the story. Most DC events that wanna show the importance focuses on these three. But I’m sure The Flash (Barry Allen, Jay Garrick and Wally West) will play important roles as those three have been the main anchors besides Superman for this event. The less I really know about the event, the better honestly. I have complete faith in Geoff Johns. He does not always knock it out of the park but who really does? But there is always something I like about Johns and that he puts it all into his work. It also probably helps is that he doesn’t write any other books at the moment and so can put all his effort into this one. DC Comics has gotten me into their latest event and refueled by DC Comics addiction that I haven’t had since 2005. This is more than I can say about the other major comic book publisher lately.
The marketing of Justice League always has to play fast and loose when it comes to featuring Superman. Everyone knows he’s in it and a substantial part but it isn’t clear as to how. So the marketing rarely features him but here’s some nifty promo artwork that features the Man of Steel dead and center.
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.
The time has finally come for Doctor Manhattan’s meddling with the DC Universe to be revealed. Ever since DC Rebirth in 2016, there have been strong hints about who meddled with the DC Universe. As of this writing it still has not been fully confirmed in story as to who it is. It has been strongly been hinted to be Doctor Manhattan. I figured that it might be a misdirect and it still might be but writer, Geoff Johns, specifically mentions Doctor Manhattan by name.
The mystery of why the good Doctor has been doing what he’s doing is one of the biggest mysteries since Rebirth. Multiple heroes and villains have been kidnapped and kept in a prison for unknown reasons. Characters that have powers beyond the extraordinary such as Mister Mxyzptlk are aware of a bigger threat but are seemingly unaware of the more finer details such as the who. Then there is the character of Mr. Oz who has been appearing since before Rebirth and is seemingly a key to solving the mystery with a special interest in Superman
Superman has seen the biggest change since Rebirth happening. Recently the older who appeared post Crisis on Infinite Earths and the younger one who appeared post Flashpoint have fused into one being with a mix of both characters’ histories. Geoff Johns mentions how the contrast between Doctor Manhattan and Superman is the key conflict between the two. With Doctor Manhattan whose powers are so extreme that he has become alien to humans despite being one. Superman, the alien, despite his abilities embraces the humanity.
It is refreshing to see a major DC Comics storyline revolve around Superman. It should be important to remind people as to why Superman is important and necessary despite being a “goody two shoes” and “boy scout” when he really isn’t either of those. The contrast between two beings that people relate to Gods will be interesting to see. Superman cannot have a fist fight with Doctor Manhattan who can atomize beings with a simple thought. So what will their conflict ultimately boil down to?
I will be heading to my local comic book store to check out what this story leads to. How it will shape the DC Universe going forward.
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.