There was an immense amount of information revealed yesterday regarding the Justice League movie. It took us most of the day to really go over everything and also get a better sense of understanding what was announced.
The general consensus by the journalists and critics that were invited was that this movie was going to be lighter and a lot more fun than Batman v Superman. The fact is, Zack Snyder had to do this now and he knew it after the divisive reception to BvS.
It also seems from everything we have read that he heard what fans and critics said, and he is listening. We’re going to be honest. We loved Batman v Superman. Yes, it had its problems, but we enjoyed his vision and we liked how different it was. We said from the second we left the theater that this was a true comic book movie and we appreciated the film, but not everyone agreed.
It looks like we might just be getting a movie, both die hard fans, casual fans, and critics will love and we are now more excited than ever.
So let’s break down what we have learned. You may want to get comfy. This is going to be a long article.
When the story is set according to Producer Deborah Snyder:
“So what can I tell you about the story? Well, the story takes place a few months after we left off with BvS. As you know, with the death of Superman, his death really impacted Batman in a profound way,” Snyder explained. “And he really, I think, starts to regain his faith in humanity. He also feels like there is something coming, something imminently coming, maybe even here already. So he feels, and with the help of Diana Prince, that he needs to find the rest of the metahumans. So basically this story is about finding the group and bringing them all together. And it’s a lot of fun because we get to go on that journey, and we get to see the different personalities of all the members of the Justice League. And that’s really generally what it’s about.”
They also were pretty clear that this was a standalone movie.
Zack Snyder had this to say:
“It is a complete movie,” Snyder said.
When he was asked if there would be a cliffhanger at the end of the film, Snyder was hesitant because he didn’t want to spoil anything, but he did tease, “The movie doesn’t end and you’re like, ‘Okay, well that’s the DC Universe.'”
How Justice League will appeal to a broader audience according to Deborah Snyder:
“I think Justice League is much more inclusive [than Batman v Superman],” said executive producer Deborah Snyder. “It’s all about the characters, too. We have these two very young Flash and Cyborg characters and they’re definitely lighter. I think they’re going to appeal to a younger audience. I think Suicide Squad has its own audience, and I think Wonder Woman has its own audience. Not just women because I think the movie, I’ve seen a little bit of it, and [Director] Patty [Jenkins]’s still working on her director’s cut.”
“I think it’s going to be broad-reaching,” Snyder added. “I think the darkest [we’re going] is where we’ve been.”
Ben Affleck promises more humor & fun:
Warner bros. and Snyder sent a clear message inviting members of the press to the film’s London set: Justice League will be fun.
“There’s definitely room for more humor,” Affleck says. “DC movies are, I think, by their nature still a little bit more Gothic or more mythic rather than some comic book movies are, but [Batman v Superman] was a heavy, dark movie. It was really rooted in Dark Knight Returns, which is a heavy, dark book. This is not that. This is a step in evolution from that about bringing together all these characters, ones who had their origins and it’s about multilateralism and it’s about hope. It’s about working together and the kind of conflicts that you have trying to work together with others. It’s a world with all these other superheroes that exist.”
Affleck went on to explain where Justice League’s humor comes from. “There’s comedy that goes in that necessarily, trying to work with other people and people trying to accomplish goals together is the root of all great comedy in my view, so there’s definitely hopefully some fun in it, but it’s recognizably these characters and these stories,” the actor and executive producer says before concluding, “It’s not turning it upside down.”
Bruce Wayne Builds Tech for members of the JL:
One thing that stuck right out to a reporter was a WayneTech logo on the costume for The Flash, who we all know appeared to Bruce Wayne in a vision in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“Obviously Wayne has certain resources, and he and Alfred have certain abilities, and so they’re working on a lot of things to help the team as they come together,” said costume designer Michael Wilkinson.
“It’s safe to say that I think Alfred and Bruce are developing a lot of tech that helps them all, and I think you’ll see a lot more of that,” Snyder said.
She declined to say if he was going to provide any other potential help for individual Leaguers, but Batman does have new vehicles (including a small vehicle called a Crawler, and a huge Justice League Transport called the Flying Fox).
The Mother Boxes will have their own origin:
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, when Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is viewing the “Metahuman Thesis” files Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) obtained illegally from LexCorp, she comes across a series of videos with Silas Stone (Joe Morton, Jr.), a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist.
He’s conducting experiments on his son, Victor (Ray Fisher), who we see in the background. Victor’s missing most of his body after being in a horrible accident. Silas was able to keep Victor alive with his immense talents and skills in technology, but when his son’s health begins to deteriorate rapidly, the desperate father activates a Mother Box. The mysterious, moving box, which is referred to as an “alien artifact,” gravitates toward Victor, fuses with him, and rebuilds him into a cyborg.
Additionally, three Mother Boxes appeared in the deleted scene that Warner Bros. officially released back in February. In it, we got a glimpse of Darkseid’s uncle, Steppenwolf, holding the boxes.
So, what are the mother boxes? We talked a little bit about it here.
“These Mother Boxes are best used and work in threes, and back before there was a history, these Mother Boxes – this is an Amazonian Mother Box, this is Atlantean, and this is mankind,” producer Charles Roven explained. “So when –again, let me just set this over here. So sort of back before history, mankind, the Atlanteans, before they were underwater, the Amazons, and actually the old gods, teamed together and decided that, based on an event that happened, these Mother Boxes were going to be placed in the care of as I said, the Amazons, mankind, and the Atlanteans. So that allowed us to get into some of those environments in our story.”
In DC Comics, Mother Boxes attach themselves to a host and help them in whatever way they need. With the “New 52” reboot, Cyborg’s backstory was adjusted to include powers granted by a Mother Box.
The Flash Costume and Info:
One thing that struck us in Batman v Superman is that The Flash’s costume looked almost like armor than the sleek one piece is he normally associated wearing. A few of the reporters were lucky to see the concept art and said that the suit for Justice League is actually a little more like the comics, where presently artists seem to like depicting it as little fragments that come together when it pops out of Barry Allen’s ring.
“So the question was how many pieces go into a Flash costume. I believe the count is 148,”Justice League costume designer Michael Wilkinson told reporters during a set visit last week. “So you can see in this diagram here – one of my favorite documents is how to put together your own Flash costume. And you can see here all of the notation, and all of the different parts. They all have numbers right and left and they all go together when these great costumers are assembling these costumes.”
“Okay, so when Zack and I started talking about Flash, he loved the idea that because this is the first time we’re establishing this character in our cinematic universe, that’s it’s kind of like a prototype suit. He’s discovering his powers, he’s working out what his thing is, and he is testing things. Some things work, some things don’t work. Some things are in development. And so this suit is incredibly beaten up. This is a suit that’s being assembled. If you look this way, that is the full suit how it appears in the movie,” Wilkinson explained. “It’s a prototype suit. It’s something that is designed to protect him when he moves incredibly fast through space. And so we studied aerodynamics and vehicle design. What moves through space the fastest? We have this sense of rigid pieces at the front that deflect towards the back….There’s a sense of a blade like in a plane wing here, and then venting back here. So it all feels very aerodynamic. He’s testing different materials. You can see smooth materials like tech materials. We figured he’s an incredibly smart, resourceful young man. He moves very fast, so perhaps he’s stolen 3D printers. I’m not saying anything. Maybe he’s nipped into NASA and stolen some of the materials that they’re developing there.”
Of course, one of the suits seen on the set visit sported a WayneTech corporate logo, but maybe that’s his costume towards the end.
While not much of Barry’s story has been revealed just yet, we’ve learned that Miller’s portrayal just might be the best part of Justice League for a number of reasons but from all accounts, he’s fun, enthusiastic, witty, and energetic, which shouldn’t be too big of a surprise to anyone because that’s how Barry Allen is supposed to be. We have a feeling Ezra Miller is going to be the character that steals every scene he is in…calling it right now.
One detail which was revealed, though, was Barry Allen’s exact age and birth date. On the set of Gotham City Iron Works (which has more or less been converted to a high-tech Batcave) Bruce Wayne left a couple computer monitors up with the footage of Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash playing, along with some information about the meta humans. One such detail was Barry Allen’s student ID card at Central City University. On the ID card, it was spotted that Barry Allen was born on September 30, 1992, making him 23-years-old at the moment, 25-years-old by the time of Justice League’s November 2017 release.
Barry Allen Meets Bruce Wayne:
We found a word for word scene that takes place between Bruce and Barry Allen. This was the first clip shown to reporters.
Commissioner Gordon Meets Members of the JL:
J.K.Simmons’ Gordon is summoned to police headquarters by the Batsignal, but he is startled to find not only Batman, but Wonder Woman and The Flash. We get a hint at the film’s plot when Gordon says that eight scientists have gone missing.
“Nine,” a mysterious voice corrects him. Stepping out of the shadows is Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. “a Star Labs scientist was taken tonight,” he announces, presumably in reference to his father Silas Stone, played by Joe Morton, who appeared briefly in ‘Batman V Superman’.
Reportedly, Wonder Woman gives him a big smile. Apparently when she went to recruit him, he turned down her offer, but now that his father may be one of those scientists taken, he has decided to join. Some reporter claimed she looked at him seductively, but we don’t buy it. Wonder Woman is always happy when all the Justice League is assembled and working together.
When the Parademons are described, Commissioner Gordon looks confused.
Batman reportedly replies deadpanned “Flying monkeys?”
Then Wonder Woman clarifies who they are facing, who Batman should have recognized from his prophetic nightmare in ‘BvS’.
Wonder Woman says “There must be a nest nearby,” to which Batman responds that he thinks they are hiding out in an abandoned tunnel between Metropolis and Gotham City.
When Flash points to Cyborg and says, “If he’s coming (referring to Cyborg) we’re not all gonna fit into the car,” Batman declares he has something bigger, a vehicle called the “Nightcrawler.”
Then in true Gordon fashion, he turns his back and when he turns around, the heroes are gone… all except The Flash who mutters, “Oh, so they all just left? That’s rude”
Yup, Seppin called it after seeing the deleted scene titled ‘Communion’. The big baddie will be Steppenwolf. When asked if the role had been cast yet, Snyder reluctantly said he has not but insists they are close to finalizing a deal.
An uncle to Darkseid, Steppenwolf is one of the despot’s most trusted lieutenants. He’s been killed and resurrected more than once, the first and most notable time after he assassinated the wife of Izaya, the Highfather of New Genesis and Darkseid’s opposite number.
Steppenwolf’s sister, Heggra, was Darkseid’s mother, until she was killed by her husband. The villain is generally depicted as the great military mind behind Darkseid’s forces.
Steppenwolf will be leading an army of Parademons, which we saw briefly in Bruce Wayne’s BvS nightmare scene.
William Dafoe’s Character revealed:
William Dafoe’s role has been a mystery until now. We have learned that he is playing Vulko. Vulko is an Atlantean politician and a mentor to Aquaman. He offers level and sound advice in time of crisis and lives as the city’s oldest dignitary. How big a role he play we do not know, more than likely it is a cameo that helps set up the Aquaman solo movie.
Ray Fisher’s character, Cyborg, will be almost entirely CGI in the movie.
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed designs for the Cyborg character, which were almost entirely chrome, with lights coming from Cyborg’s chest and eye. One design even featured a weaponized Cyborg with an extra arm soaring into battle alongside Wonder Woman above a Batmobile being flipped by Parademons.
However, the only part of Ray Fisher we will really see in Justice League is his face. On set, Fisher wears a motion capture suit with different color legs and markings along his limbs. We will also see Cyborg blending into the world by wearing civilian clothing. Concept art in the costume design area showed the character wearing a sweatshirt with a hood on and more casual pants.
There is still a lot more to report, but we will be doing a separate post on the Batman solo film later.
So what are your thoughts?