In case you didn’t know, the first official trailer for the upcoming ‘Justice League’ movie has been released. Here it is:
And in case you didn’t know, ‘Justice League’ is DC’s version of Marvel’s ‘Avengers.’ Superheroes unite to overcome a powerful enemy. However, I did think to myself: Haven’t we seen this before? Just last year, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman united to defeat Doomsday in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ We saw cameos of Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman in handy little videos, opened up in an email attatchment by Bruce Wayne. So, what’s the appeal of seeing the former three (or two, because Superman is dead…) with the latter three?
We are briefly introduced to the latter three superheroes in the trailer. Aquaman has sea powers, The Flash can run really fast, and the Cyborg…is a Cyborg. Once again, the the DCU has left itself a mammoth task of introduced more than a few characters in one movie. In ‘BvS’, it had to introduce no less than five characters, including Batman and Wonder Woman. If that felt stuffed, what will ‘Justice League’ feel like?
Compare it to ‘The Avengers.’ We knew all the superheroes involved (and even the villain, Loki!). The DCU has rushed into uniting its heroes to catch up with the MCU. Not even Batman has had a solo film yet! We never got to know what exactly had turned him into the murdering psychopath of ‘BvS.’ The trailer gives a hint of how stuffed and rushed ‘Justice League’ will be.
‘What are your superpowers again?’
How can I put this…the trailer just looks…bland. There are quick introductions to the new superheroes, but they don’t stand out. Especially Cyborg. Wonder Woman tells us he is a merging of human and robot parts. Woah, really?!?! Mind blown! The names are self explanatory, so why not just show more of the heroes in action? Even when they are shown in action, it all looks so…boring. Bruce Wayne even sounds bored.
The attempts at humour mostly fall flat. Obviously, the people behind the DCU want to inject humour into their films, as they did with ‘Suicide Squad.’ It mostly failed in ‘Suicide Squad.’ Why try to emulate the MCU’s lighthearted approach? The DCU films have proved very divisive, but they are visually distinctive amd imaginative. I, for one, enjoyed ‘BvS.’ It was completely different to the MCU’s film catalogue tonally. It’s better to be original than a poor imitation. ‘Suicide Squad’s’ tonal insecurity was one of its major pitfalls. Did it want to be serious or lighthearted? It didn’t know, so the result was a jumbled mess.
‘It’s good to see you playing well again with others’
I fear that the ‘Justice League’ will be a poor imitation of ‘The Avengers.’ The first trailer has not allayed that fear. The heroes unite against an alien invasion…just like The Avengers did! The rich superhero is going to turn from a selfish prick to playing well with others? The line spoken by JK Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon is almost identical to one spoken by Tony Stark in ‘The Avengers,’ where he says that he doesn’t “play well with others.” Of course, there’s the token female in the group as well. No doubt it will be another CGI-filled, visually dark climactic battle where hoardes of CGI enemies are splurged onto the screen. It was unforgivable for the MCU to do that twice with the Avengers’ sequel. It would be disastrous to see the same from ‘Justice League.’
I was a fan of ‘BvS.’ It wasn’t a great film, but it wasn’t ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ either. Of course, it was ruined by a CGI filled finale, but what blockbuster isn’t? ‘Suicide Squad’ was terrible. I had high hopes for ‘Justice League,’ but it is obvious from this trailer that Warner Bros have changed the direction of the DCU. They’ve injected unnecessary and unfunny humour into it. It’s too close to the MCU for my comfort. Like Churchill said, if you’re going through hell, keep going. Of course, Warner Bros should listen to criticism. But they shouldn’t imitate their rival either.