There has been far too much negative talk surrounding the Justice League from film journalists (myself included). Is there a 65-page reshoot going on? Will Ben Affleck continue being the cape crusader after Justice League? Why are so many directors leaving the DCEU? I can go on and on and on. But a couple of days ago, a new Justice League trailer dropped at comic con and while it didn’t blow my brains to smithereens (not every trailer has to), it’s still a pretty damn good trailer overall. Definitely miles better than the first trailer. And yes, I know a trailer isn’t the best indication of how good or bad a movie is going to be *cough* Suicide Squad *cough*, but I thought I’d just focus on the positives surrounding the DCEU for once. With that said, here are 5 reasons why Justice League is going to be a kickass movie, judging by the trailer.
1. Joss Whedon humour
I’m not one of those people who think all superhero movies need to always be fun, lighthearted and humourous. Some of my favourite comic book movies of all time such as The Dark Knight Trilogy and Logan are for the most part, humourless. While movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron had far too many jokes that were out of place, it took me out of the movie completely. However, this isn’t to say that I detest comedy in comic book movies. Deadpool is one of my favourite comedies of all time, and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is a great film that has a fair share of gut busters scattered throughout the film.
It’s all about finding the right balance. A Batman movie doesn’t need humour. But it seems only natural for a Justice League movie with characters such as Flash and surfer dude Aquaman, to have comedic moments in it. Zack Snyder is a brilliant visual stylist, but he isn’t the best when it comes to balancing a large ensemble and injecting humour. This is where Joss Whedon comes in. Whedon is great at exactly that. His cult famous TV Series, Firefly and it’s tie-up-loose-ends sequel movie, Serenity are two great examples of Joss balancing a large ensemble, telling a serious story, while also including humour and interesting banter between characters. His first Avengers movie is also excellent on all fronts. Besides his work on Avengers: Age of Ultron, everything else he’s directed points towards him being a great candidate to captain the ship for the next couple of months.
In the trailer we get some really funny one-liners, such as Diana saying she didn’t do anything interesting over the weekend and Flash telling Batman that he’s never actually been in battle before; “I’ve just pushed some people and run away.” But the standout comedic moment is definitely Flash realising the rest of his team has left to which he says, “That’s rude,” before dashing off. While I can’t say for sure that it’s Joss Whedon’s influence and not Snyder’s, it does feel like Joss Whedon styled humour.
2. Change in colour palette
What if I told you, movies that are dark in tone don’t actually have to be DARK colour wise? Seriously, even The Dark Knight Trilogy contains more colour than Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. Let me reiterate that Snyder knows how to make outstanding visuals. He makes his films in a way that makes the pages of a graphic novel feel like they’ve come to life. However, a movie like Justice League would work much better if there’s more colour, given the costumes of our various heroes. Also, it’s just much easier to comprehend and appreciate everything that’s going on on screen if it’s a little brighter. Again, *INSERT JOSS WHEDON*.
If you compare the look from the first trailer to what we got at comic con, there’s a slight increase in brightness and the colours seem more vibrant. When Steppenwolf slams his giant axe on the ground, we get a beautiful explosion that is bright red.
3. More focus on Wonder Woman
While Wonder Woman is a huge part of comic book history and is part of the DC Comics Holy Trinity alongside Batman and Superman, never in my wildest imagination would I have thought that WONDER WOMAN will be the central focus in a Justice League movie. Sure, Superman is “dead” so, of course, we can’t have him walking around in the trailers. But we still have BATMAN. Not just that. It’s BATMAN played by Academy award winning director BEN AFFLECK. This is a testament to how good of a movie Wonder Woman is and how big of a cultural impact it made. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins saved the DCEU and Wonder Woman deserves to be the central focus of the entire marketing campaign. It is 2017 and it is Wonder Woman and not Batman that’s going to put butts in seats. Ahh, how times have changed.
Side note: Some of the best parts in Wonder Woman took place on Themyscira and it’s good to see that the Amazonians will have a role to play in Justice League as well.
4. The action sequences look great
I’ve been talking a lot about what Zack Snyder can’t do. Here’s what he can do brilliantly: ACTION. The action scenes in Batman V Superman are some of the best comic book action sequences I’ve ever seen. The warehouse scene that has Batman obliterating a bunch of thugs is a thing of beauty. Even the CGI heavy action scene in the end with Doomsday is fantastic. Batman fighting Superman, while very short and kinda sucked from a storyline perspective — f you Martha — looked great.
The same can be said about what we’ve seen so far from Justice League. The scene where Flash runs and pushes the tip of Wonder Woman’s sword just enough for her to reach it? GREAT. Steppenwolf smashing his giant axe on the ground that causes a red-lava earthquake? GREAT. Aquaman surfing a Parademon? AMAZEBALLS!
I believe, with Joss Whedon’s storytelling abilities and Snyder’s flair for the visuals, we may just have something great on our hands.
5. Jason freaking Momoa
With every trailer that comes and goes, Jason FREAKING Momoa (that’s not his full name), man, he just gets more and more awesome. I hope there is a 90-minute sequence in Justice League featuring Jason FREAKING Momoa surfing Parademons while chugging on Jack Daniels with heavy metal playing in the background.
*otw 2 hair salon 2 chop manbun*
*#JusticeLeague trailer drops*
Jason Momoa: Yeeee hoo *flips hair*
Me: I'm never ever cutting my hair!
— Dashran Yohan (@dedpewlsays) July 25, 2017
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