Justice League

A sentiment echoed from the new trailer for DC’s “Justice League” is that humans are entering a new Age of Heroes. In some ways, we have entered this new age. Comic books and superheroes have flooded into every corner of the media, from movies to television to the mythology that we all know.

“Justice League,” the upcoming comic book film produced by DC Comics and Warner Brothers, directed by Zach Snyder (known for “Batman v. Superman” and “Man of Steel”), continues the story of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) as he recruits a number of meta-humans, or powered individuals, to fight the growing alien threat inspired by the death of Superman (Henry Cavill).

Along with Batman is Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), a jaded Amazonian warrior who has begun to believe in the vigilante’s cause. The first recruit for the team is Arthur Curry, also known as Aquaman (Jason Momoa), an Atlantean warrior and king with the ability to communicate with sea life.

The second recruit is Central City’s resident hero Barry Allen, The Flash (Ezra Miller), a speedster with a similar past to Batman and a desire to do good in the world. Rounding out the team is Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), the hero known as Cyborg, who serves a link between Earth and the film’s main antagonist.

The film seems to be following comics legend Geoff Johns’ storyline of the formation of the Justice League, which saw a famous villain, Darkseid, invade Earth with a group of mindless parademons in order to gain control over the planet. The comic follows the various members of the team as they investigate the invasion and come together to form the league.

The biggest takeaways from the trailer is the tonal shift of the film, as compared to the previous Snyder directed films. The trailer still is a dull, washed out color palette and looks to feature a number of Snyder’s various slow-mo, hyper-stylized fight scenes.

However, a number of scenes shown in the trailer reveal the shift from nothing but dark and grim to a more humorous and joking way of allowing these characters to interact. Most of the comedy in the trailer comes from Aquaman and The Flash, who both play on Affleck’s brooding Batman character.

“Justice League” is also shaping up to be another overstuffed and minor character filled film, with characters related to each of the six Justice League members being introduced to give depth to the six heroes. These side characters include Commissioner James Gordon (J.K. Simmons), Henry Allen (Billy Crudup), the wrongly convicted father of Barry Allen and Silas Stone (Joe Morton), scientist at S.T.A.R labs and father of Cyborg, to name a few.

The trailer also provided a better look at the army of Darkseid and hints further at the villain of the film, Steppenwolf. He’s the nephew of Darkseid, the ruler of Apokolips, a planet as close to hell as possible, and a general in his army. Steppenwolf’s main task is to gather the three Mother Boxes and advance technology from Apokolips, that were sent to Earth thousands of years before the start of the movie. A scene from the trailer shows the gigantic scale of this centuries old conflict, with a massive army of Amazons, humans and Atlanteans, against the forces of Apokolips.

“Justice League” looks to continue the ever-growing Age of Heroes, as well as to further establish the context of DC’s pantheon of heroes. There are only a couple minutes of footage from the film that’s been released so far, so it’s hard to tell what the film is going to actually be like.

“Justice League” will be released on Nov. 12 2017.