The upcoming DCEU’s Justice League will be the grandest DC extravaganza on the big screen. The DC fans are pumped and totally game to see their favorite superheroes beat the shit out of Steppenwolf. The marketing campaign has entered into its last leg and Warner Bros. is leaving no stone unturned to promote the movie.
The Justice League movie has a strong ensemble cast including Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder-woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). The movie is directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio based on the characters of DC comics. The story of Justice League will follow the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and mark the Phase 1 of DC Cinematic Universe. The movie will assemble the greatest DC superheroes under one roof against a terrifying adversary Steppenwolf.
At the end of the Batman v Superman, the Man of Steel was dead, while Batman and Wonder Woman had begun to assemble the Justice League, an elite team of superheroes to fight a supervillain Steppenwolf who has been awakened in the wake of events.
The Steppenwolf is basically the military general of Darkseid who have sent parademons to interrogate/kidnap Batman and Earth’s scientists to retrieve Apokoliptian Motherbox which is the most powerful object in the realm.
But the movie could be the first proper outing on Barry Allen as a forensic scientist and not as a speedster Flash. He won’t even be called by that name in the movie. He will simply be Barry. He has to first realize his powers, earn it, work hard for it and then probably in Justice League sequel, he will fully embrace his superhero persona.
In Flashpoint, fans will get to see Flash in action but in Justice League, he won’t be wearing that superhero moniker. It is one of the greatest comic-book events where Barry Allen aka ‘The Flash’ runs back in time and saves his mother, he creates an alternate timeline where he never becomes Scarlett speedster and DC universe is altered forever.
Here’s what Ezra Miller said to Chris Van Vilet: “Barry is just Barry at this point and there’s even a scene that was cut from the movie where he is going on and on and on trying to figure out who he should be, and what he should call himself, so yeah he doesn’t have a superhero name yet.”
In DC comics, Barry Allen was first introduced in October 1956 in Showcase #4. He was a replacement to original Flash Jay Garrick from 1940’s comics. The Flash TV series on CW is one of the most exciting shows in the superhero genre. Initially, in the Iris West’s blog, he is referred to as Streak, when he went to Kara’s (Supergirl) Earth, he was referred to as ‘The Blur’.
The show has entered into the multi-verse territory, alternative timelines, parallel universes etc. The best part about it is the host of speedsters that appear on the show in each season. Barry Allen is a son of Henry and Nora Allen who became a superhero “The Flash”. He was struck by lightning at the time of particle accelerator explosion and gained super-speed powers.
For a month, there were reports of massive reshoots by Joss Whedon and the studio has infused additional $25 million into the project, and now it’s a whole lot better. The previous version was replete with inconsistencies and Joss Whedon took the knife to the script and completely changed the tone of the movie. The minor cuts turned into marathon shoots. Ben Affleck recently said that Justice League “is the product of two different directors”. But according to credible sources, there are new elements being introduced by Whedon but the vision of Zack Snyder has not been changed. It’s learned that much of the reshoots are concerned with how Ray Fisher’s character Cyborg would appear in the movie.
Recently, Danny Elfman confirmed that he will bring back his classic Batman theme for the Justice League. The DC fans got a nerdgasm and world really stopped moving for them for some time when Danny announced this. He was the man who conceived score for Tim Burton’s version of Batman in 1989. He is one of the masterful music directors that Hollywood has produced over the last 30 years, probably matched by John Williams score for Superman. The idea of a 28-year-old theme returning is pretty exciting. This is not the first time it has happened as John Williams score also returned in Superman Returns.
Hans Zimmer collaborated with Nolan for the Batman trilogy, while Elfman praised him for his great work but he argued that Hans never really made a definitive Batman theme. He said:
“Hans has done something wonderful, driven with rhythm and so on, but there has only been one theme and it is the Batman theme… Yes, I used the theme that Hans composed for Wonder Woman, the one that he wrote originally and used a bit – maybe – from John Williams to Superman, just maybe, we’ll have to see it.”
The latest issue of Total Film Magazine had a cover story on Justice League and the magazine described the movie as a direct sequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Here’s what they said:
“Superman in the grave after sacrificing himself during the battle against Doomsday. Batman and Wonder Woman are gathered in mourning before Steppenwolf makes himself known, leaving the duo to team up with other enhanced heroes.”
The Slashfilm’s podcast claims that Joss Whedon had fundamentally altered the ending of the movie. According to Peter Sciretta, the movie will no longer end on a cliff-hanger, roll back parts related to the arrival of Dark Seid on Earth. Further, it may have a flashback scene of Robin Wright’s character General Antiope from Wonder Woman. He explained:
“The original ending of the movie from what I understand was that he was kind of playing the Silver Surfer role and Darkseid playing kind of the Galactus role, and the ending of the movie was a cliffhanger and Justice League 2 was going to be Justice League vs. Darkseid. Darkest arrives at Earth. It was kind of like this down, dirty ending and from what I understand that has been completely removed. The ending ends the movie like a movie and it doesn’t leave a cliffhanger now. They did a reshoot with Robin Wright from Wonder Woman and that’s gonna be a flashback explaining who Steppenwolf is and he’s now the big bad of this movie whereas Darkseid was this looming threat who won’t come.”
From the excerpt above, it seems that Dark Seid is taking a backseat in Justice League and Steppenwolf is the main villain which makes a lot of sense. There will be foreshadowing of the larger threat but he would appear in Justice League Part 2.
Till now, the center of attention has been Ben Affleck’s Batman as he is responsible for putting together an elite team of superheroes to protect the planet from the ultimate destruction. This was also reflected in the first synopsis.
Here’s the synopsis of JL:
“In Justice League, 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 and recruit a team of meta-humans 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”.
But in the second synopsis, the role of Wonder Woman is shown to be prime. Here’s the new official synopsis:
“Once again, Wonder Woman must demonstrate her ability as a fierce warrior. Facing a great enemy, she and Batman join forces to recruit a group of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. Having formed an unprecedented League of heroes, they set out to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
The brand new poster of Justice League has been unveiled by official UK Twitter account of the movie has the Scarlett Speedster leading the team possibly against an army of para-demons led by Steppenwolf. This is for the first time that we have seen Flash in the lead showing the path to rest of the team members.
All the DC fans are looking forward to an exciting fun-filled Justice League movie to be released on November 17, 2017. Well, the test screenings have been extremely well-received and some people are calling the movie “Epic”. CHEERS!