This past weekend, Warner Bros and DC Comics took the web by storm with the release to the first trailer for Justice League. The upcoming superhero blockbuster marks the first time that DC's iconic superhero team will come together on the silver screen. The trailer had several stand out moments including scenes with Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller), as well as the multitude of action packed moments.
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Another standout quality of the trailer was the appearance of the film's supporting cast. While the preview heavily featured the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the trailer also featured other characters such as Commissioner Gordon (JK Simmons), Mera (Amber Heard) and Lois Lane (Amy Adams). However, one player who was missing from this trailer was none other than Superman (Henry Cavill).
Superman's absence in the preview made sense as the Man of Steel sacrificed himself at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This was certainly the best move on the studio's part, as it gives the character's return that much more of an impact later on. It is clear that Superman does have a role in Justice League, but what is the best direction for the Man of Steel? In the opinion of this film adventurer, the movie has two options.
Superman Could Fall Under Mind Control
Obviously the film centers on the heroes coming together to fight against a extraterrestrial threat, but what if the League goes up against a mind-controlled Superman? This was a theory that heard over the weekend, and it certainly has some backing to it.
There is a possibility that the forces of Apokolips abduct Superman's body, bring the hero back to life and brainwash him so they can use the Man of Steel to attack Earth. This concept has been done in a variety of DC's mediums, and it could work for the upcoming movie. The idea of Apokolips manipulating Clark not only gives the movie an understandable means of resurrecting Superman, but it would give the character an effective means of being connected with this threat. Plus, having a manipulated Superman attacking the League would help to connect the nightmare scene in Dawn of Justice.
The only concern I have with this idea is, while it could be effective, it could take away from the overall plot. Having a brainwashed #Superman would likely lead to the character's development to feel rushed, which could detract from his return. However, if the filmmakers decide to go in this direction I cannot deny that the move would be understandable, as it gives the film a way to bring Superman back while rising the threat level for the story.
Superman Could Need To Regain His Strength For A Triumphant Return
Superman's death plays a vital role in the DC Extended Universe. The moment helped to establish both the foundation and the tone for the cinematic universe. So, Clark cannot simply come back to life as if nothing happened. The resurrection of Superman needs to be a major factor for not just the Justice League, but for the character himself.
Superman coming back from death would not mean that he would be ready to save the world any time soon. It is possible that the character needs to regain his strength before he can take on the threat of Apokolips. This would give Superman a reason for staying out of the majority of the conflict, and it could be a challenge for the character if he were enter the fray prior to being 100 percent. Not only would this direction challenge Superman physically, but it could task the Man of Steel mentally.
Coming back from the dead is not an easy thing to deal with. This direction for Superman could have him come to terms with himself and possibly reestablish his purpose in the world. I think that Superman's slow return to form would be a strong move, as it would make his return in the Justice League climax all the more triumphant.
Even with the release of the trailer, there are many details about Justice League we simply do not know, and that includes what direction they will take Superman. It is possible that Apokolips could use Superman for their schemes, or Superman could simply return through his own sense of willpower. Perhaps it will be a combination of the two. We simply do not know. However, whichever direction the film goes, it seems that the filmmakers know the importance of the Man of Steel's return. Superman's absence in the trailer may very well be evidence for this crucial direction.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17th, 2017.
How do you think Superman will return in Justice League?