With the DCEU looking to capitalize on its two latest releases of Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, and each film setting up unanswered questions for the next, it’s obvious that the hype is growing for Justice League.
When the trailer above was released at comic-con 2016 it didn’t take long to fire up the hype train for this franchise. Coming fresh off the commercial success of Batman v Superman the studio looked to change public opinion of the DCEU that was titled dark and gloomy in comparison to the MCU. The tone is noticeably lighter in the trailer than it was in the previous film, most likely aided by the larger roles of younger more optimistic characters in Cyborg and The Flash. It also looks like someone finally went to Batman and asked “Why so serious?” as he can now be seen displaying a more positive and almost joking attitude when talking to Wonder Woman and Aquaman. The trailer is also stocked with Easter eggs, some of which will be listed below courtesy of the Fandango Movie Clips video description for this trailer:
“0:24 This is the Mother Box that we saw in Dawn of Justice. They are generally thought to be portable supercomputers, they also have special powers.
0:38 Cyborg is in High School in DC Comics, but he’s college age in this film and attending GCU — Gotham City University.
0:45 Barry Allen watches Rick & Morty on one the far back right screens. Why? Because Rick & Morty is the best. In this ep. Rick & Summer are strengthening up to beat the Devil. Could be foreshadowing?
0:20, 1:06 Aquaman has crazy eyes. He can see in the dark, even at the bottom of the sea.
2:15 Interestingly enough, as the four of them walk out we see no Aquaman.”
(Source: Fandango Movie clips)
Justice League will be the fourth movie of the DCEU lineup hitting theaters on November 17, 2017.
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg
Amber Heard as Mera
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon
Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth
Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko
The biggest news about the film right now is the release of an image featuring Amber Heard as Mera, queen of the seas. It was recently announced that the Mera character would have a role in Justice League, though it is not yet clear what that role will be. One thing is for certain, though, her inclusion in the film even after she was not featured in the trailer will resurrect the hopes of Green Lantern fans for at the very least a cameo inclusion for the Justice League member. The image of Amber Heard as Mera can be seen below and originally appeared on IGN and has been made public by both Snyder and Warner Bros.
- A point of interest to make is that in Batman v. Superman, we witnessed Superman die by the hands of Doomsday, which made sense for why he was not displayed in the trailer, but Henry Cavill is still listed as a main cast member for the role of both Clark Kent/Superman. Could Superman return in a more sinister role as shown in Bruce Wayne’s dream sequence, or could he be returning as a force of good and a member of the Justice League?
- As crazy as it sounds, the foreshadowing idea of Rick & Morty could possibly be the biggest Easter egg that the team at Fandango was able to find. In Batman v. Superman, through The Flash traveling back in time, Batman was able to see his future memories in a dream, complete with winged demons. Lex Luthor also rants about devils throughout the film and even hangs his demon drapery upside down, increasing the speculation.
- Could the DCEU and Arrowverse finally connect? This one is pure speculation and very unlikely due to the previous denials of both Snyder and Arrow star Steve Amell, but with The Flash season 2 exploring in depth the theories of alternate and parallel universes and earths, it opens up the door to finally connect the franchises. The DCEU could be explained as inhabiting a different earth than the Arrowverse allowing the franchises, not to crossover, but to give more of a friendly wave from a distance that fans would enjoy.
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