Now that we’ve all had some time to reflect on the general mediocrity of Batman v Superman, DC and Warner Brothers seem dead set on winning over the detractors and the disillusioned. Their much touted second salvo in the shared universe game didn’t make quite the dent in Marvel’s armor they had desired, but it did set up some interesting things, some of which are starting to come to fruition.
In what appears to be a direct response to the criticisms lobbed against Batman v Superman, WB and DC revealed a special sneak peek at their next massive crossover, Justice League, at Comic Con this afternoon. The trailer, while revealing only the most basic of plot details, manages to show that DC is at least trying to inject their universe with some levity as they move to compete against the massive success of their MCU counterparts.
The trailer gives us our first good looks at Jason Momoa’s (Game of Thrones) Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s (Trainwreck) The Flash, and Ray Fisher’s (his first major role) Cyborg as Batfleck and Wonder Woman attempt to put together the famed team in the wake of Superman’s death at the end of Dawn of Justice. And while we already know that Henry Cavill will be returning as the Man of Steel, but there is no trace of the legendary hero here.
Instead, we focus primarily on our new heroes, with Momoa doing his best to dispel the notion that Aquaman sucks (“I hear you can talk to fish,” a coy Bruce Wayne says) while Miller proves that Grant Gustin, TV’s The Flash, isn’t the only one who can step into the speedster’s tights. From the looks of things, Miller will be the comic relief in the movie, which more or less parallels his character in the comics, where Flash is often a witty and lovable nerd.
That’s sure to be good news for many fans who were turned off by the dour tone of both Batman v Superman and Man of Steel. What the DCEU was missing was that sense of levity that has helped push Marvel to be the undisputed kings of comic book movies (coherent plots and a long game helped, too).
And, of course, there’s plenty of Ben Affleck’s Batman, who shocked everyone by being the best part of Dawn of Justice after years of internet backlash. Affleck clearly has a deep understanding of the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, and his charm is even more prevalent in the newly released Comic Con trailer.
You can check it out for yourself below.
Justice League is expected November 17, 2017.