ByJack Carr, writer at
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It's been nine whole months since used Comic-Con to drop the first teaser trailer for Justice League, meaning actual human babies have literally been conceived and birthed while we've been waiting around to see Batman kick ass. (Coincidentally, the President has also become an actual human baby in that time.)

But the day of reckoning is finally in sight, and Warner Bros. have just rewarded our patience by dropping the new, first full-length trailer for .

Directed by Zack Snyder, who is either the devil in a skinny tie or an unsung hero and visual genius depending on who you ask, Justice League is quite simply the movie which will make or break the . No excuses this time — it needs to be great.

Check out the new Justice League trailer from DC below.

First Impressions: Is 'Justice League' The Crowd-Pleasing Smash The DCEU Needs?

Although all of Snyder's usual stylistic trappings are very much in evidence here — everything is shot through that grimly atmospheric bluey-grey filter, although I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most visually striking trailers I've ever seen — it does look as if Justice League has made a genuinely strong effort to distance itself from the more negatively-received aspects of Batman v Superman.

Tonally, the comical darkness-for-the-sake-of-darkness has replaced by a lightness of touch, and the easy chemistry between Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck seems to be the heart of Justice League. More unexpected is the banter between Aquaman (who looks like a major scene-stealer) and Batman. Is it too soon to call this a bromance?

'Justice League' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Justice League' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Another major takeaway is that Justice League reaches further into the lore of DC Comics, giving it more of a comic book movie feel than the anonymous visions of Gotham or Midway City presented in Suicide Squad. Here, we take a gorgeous detour into the farthest reach of the wilderness where Batman attempts to recruit Aquaman, and there's a tantalizing shot of Cyborg blasting upward through the clouds toward orbit. In scope, Snyder has clearly created an ambitious piece of cinema.

We also get tantalizing brief first looks at Mera (Amber Heard) and our new Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons, clearly having fun), as well as a returning Lois Lane — although Superman, surprisingly, is not even hinted at.

'Justice League' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Justice League' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

It seems Billy Crudup plays Henry Allen and that, as in The Flash TV series, Barry's father is behind bars, staying true to the speedster's comic book origins.

If there's one thing we learned from DC last year, it's to be our most cynical selves when presented with a killer trailer. Justice League looks potentially brilliant, and a lot more fun than anything the studio has given us so far, but there's still a 50/50 chance it could land on the wrong end of the CGI/story spectrum.

Zack Snyder's epic superhero team-up hits theaters November 17, 2017.

Do you have faith in Zack Snyder to deliver a Justice League movie that does justice to the comics? And what's the best moment in the trailer?

'Justice League' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Justice League' [Credit: Warner Bros.]


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