While fans anticipated a brand new trailer for Justice League at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, they may not have prepared themselves for nearly five minutes of action. It gave fans and audiences around the world a fantastic look at the film ... and a terrifying sense of what the Justice League are up against. Watch it below:
Though filled with plenty of Easter Eggs, the trailer doesn’t go into too much detail regarding the film's overall plot — which is a good thing, since we all remember the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer that spoiled the entire movie, including Doomsday. Most importantly, the Justice League trailer hid Superman while exposing the film's big bad. Here are some reasons why this was so crucial from a marketing standpoint:
Warner Bros. Needed To Reveal Steppenwolf
Now that's a proper supervillain entrance! A deleted scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us our first look at Steppenwolf, one of Jack Kirby’s greatest creations, holding the Mother Boxes, so this wasn't like revealing Doomsday in the BvS trailer. Steppenwolf is one of the New Gods who serves under Darkseid from the dystopian planet Apokolips; he has come to retrieve the Mother Boxes that have somehow planted themselves on planet Earth.
One of the main reasons why it was so imperative to show Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) in this trailer is to give a general idea of who the Justice League are up against. We’ve already seen the team fighting against Darkseid’s minions called the Parademons in the previous trailer. Now it only makes sense to show off the main villain to prove how much of a threat he really is.
Though we don’t get many close-ups of Steppenwolf, we do receive enough of him in the trailer to convey his power level. The trailer gives us many looks at Steppenwolf taking on Aquaman and Wonder Woman and boy, does it ever deliver. The scenes are blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moments but they certainly get the point across.
#Steppenwolf will be a true test for the Justice League if the trailers are anything to go by. It’ll be interesting to see how the Justice League will defeat him. My guess is that they’ll need someone who wears a certain symbol of hope…
Why The Trailer Didn’t Show Superman
If this trailer had revealed the Man of Steel, it would've ruined the moviegoing experience. The very last scene was enough of a tease to tell fans that he’s not too late and that the Justice League will need all of the help they can get. We all know that #Superman will somehow come back from the dead after he “perished” at the hands of Doomsday.
The method of Superman’s comeback should be a surprise, however, and should receive the same kind of standing ovation as when Wonder Woman stepped out onto No Man’s Land in her own film. His resurrection will most likely come at a time when the team needs him the most.
Kal El needs his moment to shine and in all likelihood will eventually overshadow the others in battle. After all, Superman is the beacon of hope and the true leader of the Justice League. Superman will rise again and will show us his true form as the Man of Steel. We can't wait to see it, but thank goodness we haven't seen it already.
Justice League will smash into theaters on November 17.
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