After years of build up, with Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and the highly-rated Wonder Woman proceeding it, Justice League is finally hitting cinemas! Following the successful formula laid out by Marvel Studios and Disney, Warner Brothers’ biggest movie of the year is the culmination of all those that have come before, bringing together Earth’s greatest heroes and kickstarting the DC extended movie universe. And with the likes of The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman making their silver screen debuts, it’s fair to say this movie is highly anticipated by die-hard fans and casual moviegoers alike.
In this article, we’ll rundown everything you need to know about the movie before its release, from run times to casting to fun bits of trivia, so when your friends ask the questions, you’ll have all the answers. And don’t worry – we promise there’ll be no plot spoilers whatsoever!
Who’s Directing Justice League?
Fans of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman will be excited to know that Zack Synder, the director of those previous DC movies, has returned to helm the Justice League movie. However, he hasn’t been on board for the entire project. Due to a family tragedy, Snyder stepped down from the film in May, before standard reshoots were scheduled to take place. Following this, Joss Whedon, the director of The Avengers and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, came on to finish the film. This included reworking several scenes, editing existing material, and helping on the script. However, Snyder is the only credited director on the movie.
The Cast and Returning Characters
As this is the culmination of the previous three DC movies, most of the main cast will be returning for Justice League. This includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, and Henry Cavill as Kal El/Superman. A number of the supporting cast will also reprise their roles, such as Amy Adams and Jeremy Irons.
New additions to the cast include Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/ Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/ The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/ Cyborg, and Ciaran Hinds as the villainous Steppenwolf. This will be the biggest cast for a DC movie to date – save for perhaps Suicide Squad – with all three of the new additions having proper introductions in this movie.
As far as we know, some characters who appeared in Batman v Superman have been cut from the final edit of the film. The most prominent of these is Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luther, though this will only be confirmed when the film is screened.
For all the collectors out there, there’s a bunch of Justice League merchandise already on sale. These range from posters to action figures to lunch boxes and all of them present the heroes differently, providing never before seen glimpses of the movie before it’s release! Some of the merchandise has even revealed the full face of the villain before audiences get a chance to see it on the screen.
On top of this, there’s plenty of strange and unusual merchandise available, not just for Justice League but for superhero movies in general! You can obtain full-sized busts of your favourite characters, life-like, to-scale hot toys, and even officially branded shower curtains. If you thought that was strange merchandising, you can even play these marvel themed online slots – now if that’s not going all out, we don’t know what is!
One of the more interesting stories to emerge from the set of Justice League this year is that Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, sported a moustache during reshoots. Now, Superman normally doesn’t have a moustache but because Cavill was busy shooting his next movie (for which he grew the soup strainer) he had to keep it when he came back for reshoots. The official word is that the moustache will be digitally removed when the final cut of the movie hits cinemas, so you don’t have to worry about Superman’s massive handlebars distracting you from the action!
In a somewhat surprising move – considering the bloated nature of most superhero ensemble films – Justice League will be the shortest DC movie to date. Coming in at just over two hours long, it is significantly shorter than the previous film, Batman v Superman, which was nearly three hours long in the theatrical cut. While some fans are concerned that they won’t get as much bang for their buck, with so much story and so many new characters to introduce, this could actually be a good movie on Warner Bros part. A major criticism of previous films was that they were too long and meandering, so hopefully Joss Whedon’s final edit will keep the pacing brisk and the action frequent!
Despite there having been some solo adventures from the main characters of Justice League, this movie will be the jumping off point for the DC cinematic universe. As such, there are a plethora of solo outings and team-ups planned for future release. The first character to get a new solo movie will be Aquaman in 2018, which will follow the Atlantean’s quest to protect his kingdom, followed by Shazam in 2019, and, due to the overwhelming success of the first movie, Wonder Woman, also in 2019.
On top of these, there is also a sequel to Suicide Squad, a Man of Steel sequel, and a Batman solo film in the pipeline, along with The Flash and Gotham City Sirens. It’s safe to say that if Justice League is a financial success (which is more than likely) we’ll be seeing a lot more DC movies on our screens in the years to come!
7 Great Deathstroke Stories That Could Inspire The Movie
Now that fans know Deathstroke will be getting his own movie directed by The Raid’s Gareth Evans, it’s time for everyone to brush up on their Slade Wilson knowledge. Deathstroke is DC’s deadliest assassin and one of the smartest tacticians in the world, as well as the oldest foe of the Teen Titans. He’s even taken on the whole Bat-family single-handedly and escaped, proving just how tough of a fighter he is.
The movie will likely depict him as an anti-hero of sorts, a relatively new status for the character. Throughout most of his history Deathstroke has always been more of a self-interested fighter than a righteous man, but recently he’s developed a conscious and a desire to help people in DC Rebirth. He was even one of the main villains in the Batman: Arkham Origins game, proving that audiences are ready for more Slade Wilson.
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