Wonder Woman hit theaters June 2 and is arguably one of the best DCEU titles yet. With this kind of attention, Warner Bros. can't really afford to let its guard down with future projects. Warner Bros. has to figure out just what made Wonder Woman tick and incorporate it throughout their franchise. That being said, a lot is expected of Justice League — a movie that DC fans have been long dying to see on the big screen.
Justice League director Zack Snyder has often been accused of favoring "style over substance." Others argue that his films tend to lack logical depth, Sucker Punch being one of them (if not the sole embodiment of this argument). Zack recently stepped down from directing Justice League to be with his family, two months after the death of his daughter, Autumn.
“The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all consuming. And in the last two months I’ve come to the realization … I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
Lucky enough, Joss Whedon (who is set to direct Batgirl), is filling in for Snyder for the remainder of the project. There are concerns that the new director could make the DC film a Marvel-esque superhero team-up other than making it unique to the #DCEU. Though his sudden involvement to "unite the seven" raises a myriad of concerns for some, it should be noted that the template was already set, and Whedon will adhere to Snyder's style, so there's no reason to fret! Will this last-minute directorial change affect Justice League? Hopefully not. I believe Whedon is fully capable of finishing what Snyder started and maybe, just maybe, Justice League will have a level ground to go head to head with Wonder Woman in the box office.
Too Dark, They Say
As stated above, Zack's style is criticized. Snyder's films are notoriously known to be dark, both visually and in tone. In fact, some fans were opposed to his involvement with Justice League, but the circumstance of his departure is not one to be celebrated. The difference between Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman is like day and night — visually speaking, that is.
The overall aesthetics of Wonder Woman are spectacular. The film is both vibrant and energetic where needed without having to compromise on conviction. Director Patty Jenkins has a remarkable grasp of characterization and emotional depth that is effortlessly transferred into her visual style in the film.
A more vibrant or otherwise lighter film paves way for more humor and character development as opposed to a darker film plagued with dizzyingly dark action. Don't get me wrong, I loved Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that's not to say I agreed with all of Zack's decisions. Warner Bros dropped a #JusticeLeague trailer on March 25 2017, and if it's anything to go by, Snyder seems to have embraced the light side, both in humor and tone. It is a little too early to speculate, but he might be on his way to getting a fully certified Fresh Tomato this time around. Check out the trailer below:
DC had a new opener in the Wonder Woman screening displaying what seemed to be a plethora of potential future DCEU projects, Justice League being front and center in the lineup. The team is traditionally comprised of seven members, and up to now, Warner Bros has only been marketing six of them, Superman included. This begs the question: "Who is the seventh?" Lucky guess: the Green Lantern. He is an official member of the League both in the comics and animation, so his exclusion from the promos is certainly puzzling. Could this be Warner Bros. hinting that it's planning to break the norm by introducing somebody else like Martian Manhunter or is it just a marketing ploy to keeping us guessing?
Either way, I'm still holding on to the idea that Green Lantern is definitely going to be part of the seven. There's still the question of which Green Lantern takes the gig, as there are two main choices: Hal Jordan and John Stewart. Since Hal already had his chance (and blew it) in 2011's Green Lantern, I just hope that Warner Bros goes with John Stewart instead.
This could be the secret weapon they've been holding on to all this time — John Stewart as the Green Lantern. If Warner Bros. goes down this path, the studio could one-up Wonder Woman. Let's just hope the studio clears the suspense in the next trailer, or at least give us one more piece to the puzzle.
There wasn't any mention of Ares prior to Wonder Woman and he played a huge role in the movie. You could call him a secret weapon of sorts. Maybe the same approach is being taken with the Green Lantern. Maybe he won't even get featured in the trailers at all. We'll just have to wait and see.
Will Justice League live up to Wonder Woman's hype? Everything seems to be going in the right direction so far, and Zack Snyder's departure isn't likely to affect the movie at all. Whether or not Justice League performs better or similarly to Wonder Woman is yet to be confirmed, but one thing's for sure — it won't be a critical flop like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was.
I say this with confidence and a level of certainty because I believe that Zack Snyder did his homework this time around and hopefully won't disappoint. So, the answer might just as well be a resounding "Yes." Justice League will live up to Wonder Woman's hype, if not surpass it. Justice League is set to be released on November 17 this year.