There’s not too long to go now until this year’s Comic-Con, where Hollywood’s great and good congregate in San Diego to showcase the hottest film properties coming up in the next few years, and one in particular which is hotly anticipated is, of course, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the follow-up to this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Of course, if you’ve been following the hype, you’ll be well aware that BvS kicked off DC’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and featured not only Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman, but also Gal Godot’s Wonder Woman, as well as sneak peeks at the other core members of the Justice League, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg. Next year, the franchise is set to step up a gear with Justice League, the first film to unite DC’s superhero roster and, today, we’ve been treated to a slew of new information, including an official synopsis, title card and even a look at a new, tricked-out Batmobile which we can expect the Caped Crusader to be bombing around in come next November.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
OK, so it may not give away too much that we don’t already know, but it does seem like we’re going to be met with a great buddy movie that will hopefully dispel some of the rather-critical reception that greeted Batman v Superman upon its release earlier this year, and which David Ayer will be hoping to avoid come August when the villain-centric Suicide Squad hits cinemas.
Hopefully, there’ll be plenty more to come from Justice League at this year’s Comic-Con, but it’s great to see production moving along nicely as these official details make their way online. The film’s currently in the late stages of production, and we’ve yet to see a full promotional image of the principal cast together in costume – unless you count the concept art which was released just ahead of BvS‘s release earlier this year – so I’m thinking it won’t be too long before that’s released!
It’s also been confirmed that Justice League will only comprise one part, despite it being billed as a two-part epic (think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) when it was first announced back in 2014 by Warner Bros. In an interview with Screen Rant, Zack Snyder and wife Deborah clarified that they were “only ever planning and … are only doing Justice League, just Justice League. One movie”. It seems that, while a second Justice League film is a-go as announced, the film to be released next year comprises “a complete movie”, and the storyline will not be split across two features but, rather, lead into a second, standalone film which will follow in 2019.
Justice League is released in the UK on 17 November 2017 and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, J.K. Simmons, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams and Willem Dafoe.