Justice League Set Visit- What We Know Now

After the resounding disappointment of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (read our review here), many were apprehensive about the Justice League film coming out next year, once again directed by Zack Snyder. A lot of people thought Snyder should leave the project and that it should be pushed back and delayed, but so far neither of those things have happened. Warner Bros. went through a major change-up after the critical (and underwhelming box office reports) of Batman v. Superman, which put comic book guru Geoff Johns in charge of shaping the franchise, along with Ben Affleck, Zack and Deborah Snyder as an executive producers. What many fans hoped was that they listened to the complaints people had about Batman v. Superman-- that the script was weak, that it was too dark, that the tone was a mess-- and it seems like they have.

DC invited many press outlets to visit the set, and a lot of new and interesting information has come out about the film, which has made me very excited. In order to save space, I will bullet point the news that dropped, and expand on it in my reactions. This article will contain spoilers for Batman v. Superman, so if you haven't seen the film, read no further:

  • Batman (Affleck) will indeed by known as the "world's greatest detective", and that aspect will be played up a lot in Justice League, as well as his solo film.
  • The McGuffin of the film will be three Motherboxes, glimpsed briefly in the deleted scene         featuring Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg) released from Batman v. Superman, as well as the origin scene of Cyborg (Ray Fisher). One will be given to the humans, one to the Atlanteans, and one to the Amazonians. They are similar to the Tesseract in The Avengers
  • The villain of the film will not be Darkseid, who was the presumed antagonist of the movie. Instead, it will be Steppenwolf, who in the comic books is Darkseid's uncle. Steppenwolf was glimpsed in the deleted scene as well, holding the three Motherboxes. No actor has sealed a deal to play Steppenwolf, but he will be entirely CGI, and will most likely be a pawn of Darkseid, who may be the equivalent of Thanos in the Marvel films. 
  • Batman's ideology has changed. In Batman v. Superman, he was retired and had no problems killing people. After the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman's faith in humanity has been restored, and he is now a man on a mission to gather a team of metahumans in order to save the world from an impending evil.
  • Superman will most likely not appear until the third act of the film. 
  • Willem Dafoe will be playing the Atlantean Vulko, who is said to be of a different generation than Aquaman (Jason Momoa). 
  • The film will have a "history lesson", in which the Motherboxes are explained. It is in this that we will see the older generation of Atlantis, which is most likely where Vulko will come into play.
  • The Flash (Ezra Miller) will serve as comedic relief in the film
  • Cyborg will be entirely CGI from the neck down. 
  • A lot more fun and levity has been added to this film, and Batman v. Superman is the darkest these DC movies will get.
  • Originally, the film was announced as a Part One and a Part Two, but it will only be one, self-contained movie. The release date for Part Two will most likely be a sequel. 
  • Batman has some new tech, including the Flying Fox, a flying carrier that can house all of the Justice League as well as his new Batmobile. He also has something called the Nightcrawler, which is the base of the Batmobile but has tentacle like legs that enable it to go places where a car or plane can't. 
  • J.K. Simmons' Commissioner Gordon has the glasses, the mustache and the trenchcoat, and looks as if he is right out of Batman: The Animated Series.  

A logo for the film was released as well (pictured above), along with a synopsis for the film, which reads:
"Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find an recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-- it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions." 
It's a lot of new information to take in, and I'm still reeling from it. But I just want to say that I am really excited by this, and my interest in the film has been rekindled. After Batman v. Superman, I lost a lot of interest in Justice League. I was still pumped for Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, but I thought that Snyder needed to take a break from this universe for a bit. But from everything I'm hearing, it sounds like they really heard the fans and are changing things up. There's a description going around of a scene in which the Flash meets Batman. I'm not going to include it because this article is already really long, but you can find it for yourself online. The scene sounds fantastic, and it sounds just like something I want to see from this film. I do recommend you check it out. Most importantly, this movie is going to be fun. You're going to walk out having had a good time. And that is something that I now can't wait for.

What do you think? Are you now excited for Justice League? Are they taking it in the right direction? Do you like what you're hearing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate 
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