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‘Justice League’ Trailer Breakdown

Victoria Stuewe ’20 / Emertainment Monthly Assistant Movies Editor

The first full trailer of Justice League came out, making anticipation for the film higher than ever. Bringing new heroes, new villains, and new action, the highly anticipated superhero movie seems to have it all. Though critics were not pleased with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans are still eagerly waiting for the new addition to the DC Extended Universe.

In order to create a full team of superheroes, Justice League will feature three new superheroes: Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller). Joining Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the newly formed league will face a villain that has yet to be fully seen but sounds menacing and foreboding.

The majority of the trailer consists of introductions to each of the heroes, as Batman and Wonder Woman must quickly form a team to defeat an imminent threat. The best introduction has to be The Flash. The film seems to have a new take on his powers by exhibiting realistic lightning that completely surrounds him rather than neon yellow to match his logo that sticks to his lower body. It’s an interesting addition and one that’s completely welcomed.

Gal Gadot in Justice League. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.
Gal Gadot in Justice League. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

One thing to look forward to, perhaps, is the banter between Batman and the rest of the characters. This would be a major change from Batman v. Superman, which was critiqued for its dark and bland dialogue. The best example of this is when The Flash asks Batman what powers he has, to which he replies simply with, “I’m rich.” This change will hopefully be a positive one and will be a contrast to the apparently dark color palette.

What is worrisome, however, is the heavy amount of CGI and slow-motion. Justice League‘s director Zack Snyder is known for using visual effects in the way, so it’s no surprise. However, most of the sets shown in the trailer seem to be predominantly CGI with Cyborg being all CGI as well except for a part of his face. This, combined with the abundance of slow-motion, can create scenes that fail to translate; however, it is too early to determine whether these will be major setbacks of the film.

Ben Affleck in Justice League. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.
Ben Affleck in Justice League. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

DC does seem to excel, however, in making an eye-catching trailer with appealing music and perfectly coordinated sound editing. This is evident from both the aforementioned Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad, both of which had great trailers. Due to the audience’s previous receptions, Justice League appears to have attempted this same style of editing to create a pleasing trailer, and it succeeds.

As for what will be in the movie, all that one can really tell after watching it is that there will be tons of action and origin stories. Though not much can be told from this trailer, there is a slight resemblance to The Avengers with its shot of the impossible-to-defeat army and the ensemble cast. What might slow it down is the amount of time they allow for the backstories they choose to include, which The Avengers did not have. While it is nice to see some character background, it could slow down the film and make it too long and overdone. But, take this with a grain of salt. No one can tell how good a movie is going to be until they see the final product.

Overall, the first full trailer of Justice League was exciting to see and full of great action. It was humorous, but also had adrenaline-pumping fight scenes that are sure to be great in the film. Due to this, it seems as if the filmmakers took great consideration into the poor response to its dark and depressing predecessors. Nevertheless, audiences will have to wait until November to see if Justice League will reallly live up to everyone’s currently high expectations.

Though an exact date has yet to be determined, Justice League will be released sometime in November 2017.

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