The upcoming "Justice League" film in the DC Cinematic Universe is currently in production and slated for a November 17th, 2017 release in theaters. Today we were able to get some big scoops on what's going on in the production including an official plot synopsis, a look at the cast, some new logos, as well as plot details from the cast and crew.
I won't be discussing every little thing that was revealed today, but simply the stuff that stood out to me for better or worse. Having said all of that, let's get started with the movie's actual synopsis.
With the official synopsis, it's as follows:
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 metahumans 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.
With that information, we know that the plot is basically what "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" was setting up for most of its run time. Batman and Wonder Woman are going to team up and start the "Justice League", their allies consisting of Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash. It was also revealed that the villain of this movie is confirmed to be Steppenwolf, who is basically the right hand man to Darkseid, some sort of supreme being who is basically the worst case scenario for all of the universe.
So in short, it's the Justice League vs. Steppenwolf at the moment and I'd be perfectly fine with this new super group being formed and going up against one big bad guy, but that doesn't appear to me the base.
A confirmed cast member for the movie is unfortunately Jesse Eisenberg returning as Lex Luthor, meaning that not only do we get two villains, but one villain who's most evil deed thus far is pissing in a jar. I personally didn't like anything in relation to Luthor in "Dawn of Justice", so it bums me out that he's coming back for another round, though this isn't necessarily something that surprises me. I would've been fine with a simple movie of the Justice League fighting Steppenwolf, but the addition of Luthor is already making me nervous about certain elements of this movie.
But back to being more optimistic on this movie, there are also reports from both Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck that the tone of this movie is going to be much lighter than the two previous films in this universe. With "Man of Steel", I was fine with the darker tone considering the new take on Superman's character, but even I found the dark, brooding nature of "Dawn of Justice" to be overdone. With Batman fighting Superman, something like that should be the least bit entertaining and, dare I say, fun.
Nothing in "Batman v Superman" felt fun or entertaining in my eyes, so I like that there's going to be an attempt at making things more lighthearted and possibly more self aware of the over-the-top nature of some of these heroes. I mean, freaking Aquaman is going to be in this movie. If there's not some type of jab or reference to his unpopularity in the past few years, I'll consider that a missed opportunity for this movie. Previous incarnations of the Justice League have had a sense of fun to them; I want to see the DCCU at least try to expand and be more than a Christopher Nolan attempt at dark and gritty.
That being said, I also want Snyder to realize that tone wasn't the one issue with "BvS". There were many problems such as convoluted storytelling, a weak villain, poor characterization, and an absolutely terrible third act. What I want is for Snyder to step back and take a look at the movie as a movie in and of itself rather than a giant commercial for future DC movies. "The Avengers" worked not only because it was fun and entertaining, but because it was a simple plot that still had time to flesh out most of its characters and not constantly set up for other Marvel movies. If this is the first big screen look at the Justice League, we need to be able to enjoy it for exactly that, and not have to sit through Wonder Woman looking at emails of Martian Manhunter at a strip club or whatever.
If there's one that needs to be taken note of is that the crew behind this movie is apparently listening to its fans. Neither of the two already released DC movies have had an overwhelmingly strong response from critics or fans, so the release of all of these details seem to be a sign that the crew wants people to know of the changes as well as the promise that lies within. The release of this movie is 17 months away and the fact that this info is being released so early gives me the slightest amount of hope. Regardless of whether you like or hate these tidbits surrounding the production, the main goal is to get people talking about the movie and that's already working as of today.
Wrapping things up, I'm cautiously optimistic of this new "Justice League". If you read my review for "Dawn of Justice", then you know that I had very few good things to say about that movie. It briefly turned me off from the DCCU, but things seem to be going in the right direction. People like Snyder and Affleck are genuinely passionate about this material and it would seem that there are steps being taken to ensure that this movie is as good as everyone wants it to be. Flaws of "BvS" look to be corrected for the most part, as well as the fact that this movie is now set to exist as a standalone "Justice League" film rather than being split into two parts as was shown before. We have a ways to go before we see this movie, but my anticipation is increasing as we draw closer to a hopeful rebirth of the DC movies.