That sound you just heard was the collective sigh of relief from Justice League fans all over the world after seeing the new preview (apparently, it's technically not a trailer) from San Diego Comic Con. Yes, it's true: People are liking this footage. Most fans were understandably nervous after seeing Batman vs Superman, but the general consensus seems to be that this new reveal has set their minds at ease.
Granted, a good trailer is not always the best indicator of whether or not the film itself is any good, but there are definitely reasons to be hopeful. In fact, here are five of them:
1. It's not as dark.
I love dark movies myself, but it has to be balanced, and there wasn't a whole lot of balance in Man of Steel or Batman vs Superman. In fact, the whole Snyderverse thing is just...well, you know. This film obviously has some humor, and I even laughed a couple of times while watching the trailer. It will also play to a wider audience if it isn't so...well, you know. Are they taking a cue from Marvel's Avengers films? Hell, yes. But who doesn't love the Avengers movies?
2. Aquaman's a badass.
Sure, he's been toughened up in the comics over the years, but the general public still has a perception of Aquaman as the lame superhero who talks to fish. My favorite version of the character is the Peter David run with the long hair, beard, and a hook for a hand. Jason Momoa's version goes even further, and is obviously more Khal Drogo than Super Friends. Purists will complain that he doesn't have the look from the comics, but that shouldn't be a bad thing (at least in this case). What do people want, to go back to the "accurate" spandex days of the '60s through the '80s? No, I didn't think so.
3. Wonder Woman is in it.
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman was one of the highlights of the BvS movie, and the trailer for her new movie is phenomenal. So just the fact that she is in this film as well should be enough to make fans hopeful. Seriously, have you seen the trailer for Wonder Woman? If not, WATCH IT NOW. This article will still be here when you get back.
4. The Flash seems awesome and hilarious.
I have to admit, when I saw that the Flash was going to be played by the intern dude from Trainwreck, I was less than excited. But then, I didn't think Grant Gustin was going to be a good TV Flash either, so what do I know? Rumor has it he's the best thing about the movie. And, no, Barry Allen is not blond like in the comics. But, last time I checked, most other live-action versions of Barry Allen haven't been blond, either. Just like with Aquaman, what's good in the comics isn't necessarily what's best for live action. Plus, if we can get over James Bond changing hair color, anything goes, right?
5. Affleck continues to rock the Batman role.
Another thing I did like about Batman vs Superman was Ben Affleck's take on the Batman/Bruce Wayne character. In fact, combined with the Netflix Daredevil series, it almost made me forget about his horrible version of Daredevil. (I said almost. My memory's not that bad.) He seems to genuinely have a handle on my favorite character of all time, and that's saying a lot. I'm looking forward to more.
BONUS: Superman isn't in it!
I made this a bonus reason rather than one of the main five because I know many people will disagree that this is a good thing, and we also know that Superman will, in all likelihood, appear in the movie at some point even though he's dead. But I'm not a big Superman fan myself, and I especially didn't enjoy the version in Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman, so it's more of a personal reason why I'm excited about the Justice League film than one I expect others to be happy about.