Details about the new Justice League movie have been released following an open set visit with the film’s director….
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
The upcoming Justice League movie is just getting underway with filming and won’t be released until November 2017 but that isn’t stopping director Zack Snyder from inviting journalists onto the set to show off what he’s doing with the new movie.
Snyder was raked over the coals for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice after critics panned the superhero team up movie for any number of shortcomings and the results also showed in the box office where the movie came in well behind Marvel’s latest film Captain America: Civil War.
So to help calm down fan boy nation ahead of the Justice League movie, Snyder decided to reveal a few secrets to show off what he’s doing with this film that will make it far different from Batman V. Superman as well as Man of Steel, which was his first foray into the new DC Universe (not counting his direction on Watchmen, which was a far superior movie to both of those).
First off, Snyder revealed the synopsis for the new movie, which according to his wife and co-executive producer Deborah Snyder takes place “a few months” after the events in Batman V. Superman:
“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.”
Obviously thanks to the death of Superman in Batman V. Superman, the Man of Steel isn’t in the Justice League movie — at least for now — and that leaves Batman to lead the way to create the team, who will then combat the ultimate evil threatening the world.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 21, 2016
The villain in the new Justice League movie was also revealed and it’s not who most fans thought it would be at the end of Batman V. Superman.
Steppenwolf — the uncle to Darkseid and one of his most trusted lieutenants will be leading the Parademon attack on the world. The deleted scene from Batman V. Superman that was released just after the movie hit theaters also confirmed a theory that it was Steppenwolf who appeared alongside Lex Luthor.
Steppenwolf is an immortal general with omnipotent powers and a real mean streak while following Darkseid’s orders. It would seem logical that Steppenwolf will be the villain in Justice League part 1 while Darkseid will more than likely end up as the big bad in part 2.
Another criticism that Snyder and company addressed was the very dark tones that hovered over Batman V. Superman and how both main heroes seemed rather unlikable by fans throughout the course of the movie. There was very little humor or levity in Batman V. Superman and it sounds like Snyder and his crew are addressing that in the Justice League movie.
“I think the main thing we learned, I think people don’t like to see their heroes deconstructed,” Snyder said. “I think that’s hard, because it’s people that we’ve grown up with, and that we care about, and that they like seeing them in all their glory.”
Deborah Snyder added:
“I think it’s going to be broad-reaching. I think the darkest (we’re going) is where we’ve been.”
It all sounds like a good plan for the Justice League movie but then again everything seemed great before Batman V. Superman landed in theaters and ended with a general groan from most audiences.
The good news is it appears Snyder and his team working on the movie listened to what the fans had to say about the last movie and they are making some course corrections for the Justice League movie. No one will know for sure what changed until the movie lands in theaters as The Justice League Pt 1 debuts on November 17, 2017.
For more info check out a breakdown of the news from our own Darol Smith: