Four years after the DC Extended Universe kicked off, Justice League is finally coming our way. Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg are coming together against Steppenwolf and the ruthless forces of Apokolips. Even though Warner Bros. has been considerably generous with juicy story details, there are still a whole lot of secrets left to uncover. Fortunately, we just got a new tease that gives us a much clearer picture of what to expect from the superhero epic.
#WarnerBros. recently released a series of Justice League posters through social media, and revealed that a new trailer would be coming out during New York Comic Con. The company kept its promise because a new trailer has arrived and guys, it's so good.
Did you notices all the cool references and #EasterEggs hidden in those action-packed two minutes for #JusticeLeague? If you didn't, worry not, because we got them for you, and they paint a promising picture for the DC Extended Universe:
Wait, Is Batman Responsible For Reviving Superman?
One of the movie's biggest and most frustrating mysteries has been the Man of Steel. Warner Bros. has made the effort to keep the character hidden from the audience ever since his demise in #BatmanVSuperman. Even this trailer, which gives us our first look at the Kryptonian in the film, technically doesn't reveal the guy, as he's part of Lois Lane's dream sequence. We know he's coming back, but one of the biggest questions about his role is how exactly he'll return.
Thankfully, this new bit of footage gives us a major clue for that. At one point, #BruceWayne declares the world needs Superman, which is understandably seein ghow the five heroes will probably be overpowered by the forces invading our planet. That pressing situation tells us something very important: Batman could be the man responsible for reviving the #ManOfSteel.
Admittedly, the line could have been a misdirect from what will actually bring him back to the land of the living, but giving that task to Bruce isn't so far-fetched. He's one of the richest people on the planet and one smart guy after all; he has the means and the know-how to get Superman back into the world of the living.
On a side note, who would have thought that he would go from wanting to kill Supes, to wanting to revive him?
It Looks Like 'Justice League' Will Explain What Batman's Nightmare Vision Was
BvS had a big head-scratching moment: Seemingly out of nowhere, we were taken into a dream-like sequence, where the world was overrun by Apokaliptian forces, and Superman was aiding the bad guys. The scene was Bruce's dream implanted by The Flash, and it served as the motivator for Batman to form the Justice League.
The scene left us with a whole lot of questions, mainly: How did the world get to that point? Fortunately, this trailer might have revealed that we'll finally get an explanation during the film. Presumably while explaining to the team the odds they're up against, Bruce reveals he had a vision of the world coming to an end:
"I had a dream... It was the end of the world."
That was a clear reference to his hellish BvS nightmare scene. There are very few story details available to speculate on what will unfold from that reveal, but this line most likely opens the door for us being let in on what exactly that tragic future is about.
Did You Spot The Cool 'Suicide Squad' Callback?
In a certain light, Suicide Squad served as a kind of set-up for Justice League. Bruce saw Amanda Waller's extreme methods and asked her to stop, on the basis that he was creating his own, less-murdery team. With that major connection, it was only natural for this new film to return the favor with a subtle callback to Task Force X and the supernatural forces the team faced.
The trailer features several shots of what I assume is the final battle, as swarms of Parademons invade Earth, and our brave team of heroes fight them off. However, amongst all the chaos, there was something particularly interesting in the scene: A gooey-like substance covering streets and buildings.
Ok, so how in the world does that tie to #SuicideSquad? In David Ayer's anti-hero adventure, Enchantress' brother, Incubus, covers Midway City with a material that's visually identical to the one in the Justice League trailer.
Admittedly, the visual reference may not have been intentional, but we can't deny it's there, and it's ultimately a cool callback.
Darkseid's Plan Isn't Just About A Simple Invasion
A villain's plans in superhero movies are usually fairly simple: They want to take over the world, get revenge on the movie's protagonist or maybe they just want to wreak total havoc. We know that Darkseid will send #Steppenwolf to Earth to retrieve three Mother Boxes that fell into the hands of humans, Atlanteans and Amazons. That sounds straightforward enough, but to the League's misfortune, #Darkseid's plan could be much more complicated. In the trailer, Diana points out that Apokolips is invading, but Bruce clarifies:
"I think it's something more... Something darker."
That line could be a reference to Darkseid's never-ending pursuit of the Anti-Life Equation. The equation gives its wielder the ability to control the will of every living thing out there, and the artifact has been Darkseid's obsession ever since his first appearance. Taking that backstory into account, the big bad's real goal may be finding the Equation, which would mean enslavement for the universe.
A Clever Joker And Harley Quinn And Joker Reference
#TheJoker and #HarleyQuinn are integral parts of Batman's life, so it's no surprise that they got a subtle shoutout in the trailer. In the final scene, where Barry carelessly points out that the Bat-signal is Bruce Wayne's calling card, if you look at the bottom of the frame, you'll notice the Ace Chemicals building:
Ace Chemicals was the birth place of both the Clown Prince of Crime and Harley, and it appeared in both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. The two baddies have a bright future in the DCEU with Gotham City Sirens, the Joker/Harley Quinn spin-off and Suicide Squad 2, so this was a nice obscure reference for their increasing presence in the franchise. Will we get to visit the location? We'll see.
I love the fact that the Easter Eggs available in this new footage were all for the story, and the possibilities they present. Overall, Justice League's trailer gives us an optimistic outlook for Justice League and the future of the #DCEU.
The Justice League will come together to save the world from Apokolips on November 17, 2017.
What was your favorite Easter Egg in the final Justice League trailer? Let me know in the comments!