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By: Benjamin Ferrarini
I’ve got some thoughts on the new Justice League trailer that was released at New York Comic Con this past weekend. As of this writing the official Warner Brothers trailer has twelve million views on YouTube. There has been quite a lot of buzz around this trailer and much of it is positive.
The new trailer opens on Lois Lane finding Clark Kent standing in a field outside his families farm house. As she approaches Clark he smiles and mentions she’s wearing the engagement ring so she must have said “yes”. Suddenly Clark is gone and instead Lois is holding a wad of dirt in her ringed fist, poised as if to drop it on Clark’s coffin. Then it seems Lois wakes up as if what we just saw was a dream. After that is a collection of scenes some new some recycled with voice over of Batman talking about the threat which he believes is coming. It is likely the most polished trailer we’ve gotten so far and my guess is that it also includes some footage from the now infamous reshoots. It showed a little more of Steppenwolf’s army and a ton of hero shots. At it’s best the new trailer solidifies just how visually stunning “Justice League” will be. It is definitely more diverse in terms of the aesthetics. However, this is just affirmation on something we already knew. At the same time there are a couple of things that have me concerned.
This is the fourth trailer we’ve gotten and still have almost no plot details. We get that Bruce and Diana are gathering more heroes and we know the villain Steppenwolf attacks with an army of flying creatures. But we have no context for any of this. This has been true of some of the other DCEU films most notable “Batman V Superman” and “Suicide Squad” both of which suffered in the story department. Thus it is hard to tell if a lack of details on “Justice League” is just Warner Brothers keeping their cards close to their chest or if it foretells some serious problems.
The second concern is the differences in tone. There is a couple humorous moments that are reminiscent of what you’d find in a Marvel movie. For instance one clip sees Barry Allen, Diana Prince and Bruce Wayne are standing around when the Bat Symbol appears in the sky. Berry starts to geek out telling Bruce his symbol just appeared in the sky only to realize they are in their normal personas. This moment is mixed in with plenty of shots of “Batman V Superman” style action and destruction. With the knowledge of the Joss Whedon directed reshoots and additional footage there’s enough reason to be concerned about a clash of styles here. “Justice League” could very easily fall victim to heavy tonal shifts as it tries to balance two directors, the studio and the perceived wishes from the fan base. It obviously has Snyder’s visual flair, it has the big bombastic action/destruction DC is known for and is also attempting Marvel-esque humor. Whether it can bring all these elements together with a strong plot and strong characterization is yet to be seen. They proved a lot with “Wonder Woman” though that film’s success doesn’t really mean anything for “Justice League” as they were in production at the same time. WB hasn’t had enough time to take the lessons we hoped they learned from “Wonder Woman” to apply them to “Justice League”. They are also so different that what made “Wonder Woman” work just wouldn’t translate.
One thing we can say for sure is that Warner Brothers has done an admirable job of turning around the perceptions of the DCEU. After the bad press and negative reviews from “Batman V Superman” and “Suicide Squad” many were less than optimistic about “Justice League”. The overwhelmingly positive reception of “Wonder Woman” helped breathe some much-needed life back into the DCEU, but still a lot of pessimism remained as evidenced by the largely discredited Batman-on-Film report back in August that an early cut of “Justice League” was “unwatchable” before the reshoots. Still with the newest NYCC (New York Comic Con) trailer a high amount of positive buzz is carrying this film into its release.
Stay tuned to The Glitch for more on “Justice League” and a review when it releases on November 17. If you have any thoughts on the film or the new trailer leave a comment below.