Trailer Tuesday: How ’bout that Justice League Footage?

Written by Logan J. Fowler and Justin Matchick

Trailer Tuesday

Justice League

Release Date: November 1st, 2017

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jesse Eisenberg, Ray Fisher, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard

Director: Zack Snyder (Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Watchmen)

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: At this point in the game, I still haven’t seen Batman V. Superman. However, according to many, I am apparently not missing much. Nevertheless, I will watch the predecessor to this movie, which is the long awaited debut of DC’s cinematic massive superhero team up. I’m not a big DC guy (although I love Batman), but I can’t tell that I will want to witness Justice League in the theater because the trailer is wonderful. We will get to that soon enough. -LJF

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: With all the issues I had with Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman, at this point I should be practically dreading Justice League. Zack Snyder has, in my eyes, completely blown his chances of ever getting these characters right and the fact that Warner Brothers has left him in charge is quite shocking. Yet, there is still a little hope left in my heart that he will change, that he will somehow see the backlash his interpretations have received and will attempt to right the course. With even more storylines and characters to juggle this time around it would be a gargantuan task to undertake, and I’m really not sure if he’ll be able to cut it. -JTM

Rate the Trailer: 5 out of 5. This trailer wasn’t edited like we are used to seeing in comic book films, but whoever cut this footage did a bang up job. We are treated to Bruce Wayne (Affleck) trying to to recruit some people for the titular team, most notably Aquaman (Momoa) and the Flash (Miller). Wayne also trades lines with Wonder Woman (Gadot) and we see Cyborg too (Fisher). No sign of Superman, Luthor, or Alfred, but that’s ok, because what is here works! And…it’s funny?! Yes, I actually laughed at this trailer. Did Snyder finally taken off his high horse of seriousness? Did comic book writer Geoff Johns (who had a hand in writing the script) infuse some humor into all the doom and gloom? Either way, I’m a big fan of what I’m seeing. -LJF

Rate the Trailer: 4 out of 5. In an odd twist, this actually didn’t make me anticipate Justice League so much as it made me excited to see all of the individual character movies still in development. James Wan’s Aquaman, Rick Famuyia’s The Flash, and Ben Affleck’s own Batman movie all intrigue me more than yet another overstuffed Zack Snyder action-fest. A lot of this trailer focuses on Batman’s attempts at getting the team together, and it’s interesting that almost all of the team’s origin stories will be laid out here instead of in separate movies in an inverse of The Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s plans, which took years to pay off. However this does indicate to me that there might be too much exposition for one movie to handle. I am glad that they’ve trimmed enough material so that this will be one film instead of two, but that might just mean that characters and plotlines could get lost in the shuffle. – JTM

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater. This movie will be a bigger deal than Batman V. Superman, and it looks way more promising than the aforementioned film. I’m in for a big screen viewing. -LJF

Theater, Rent, Undecided, No Thanks?
Undecided. My unease at the prospect of another over-sized comic book movie from Zack Snyder is outweighed by the fact that this will set-up all of those spin-off movies that I actually do want to see. By starting with the formation of the superhero team instead of leading up to it, Warner Brothers have pretty much tied people’s hands if they wanted to skip this and just see the individual films of each hero. The fact they have to have so much story in just one film mean this one will likely tip past the two and a half hour mark yet again, so I might just wait it out and see it at home at my own pace. – JTM

The Justice League will join together on November 1st, 2017


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