Superman is something of an elephant in the room with Justice League‘s marketing – while it’s never exactly been a secret that he’d be in the movie after sacrificing his life at the end of Zack Snyder‘s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he has appeared on some promotional materials, we have yet to see actual footage of the Big Blue Boy Scout appear in the movie. But the stars of the film are saying that he will indeed be in the movie, and the patience of fans will pay off.
It seems likely that Warner Brothers are trying to avoid repeating the Doomsday fiasco with Batman v. Superman‘s infamous trailer #3 by not giving away a major third-act plot development in the trailer as some superhero movies have done (looking at you, Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer #2). However, this comes at the cost of leaving one of DC’s best-known superheroes out in the cold in what is easily their most ambitious superhero movie ever, so they made a compromise with the newest trailer by revealing the scene in the movie where Superman returns to save the day without actually revealing Superman… Well, returning.
In any case, this point of conversation naturally came up during WB’s movie panel at SDCC when a young fan got to ask the cast and crew about where Superman is going to be, which the audience met with laughter and applause. Gal Gadot answered the fan’s question by stating that anyone who is a big fan of Superman is going to get a kick out of Justice League when it comes out in a few months. Jason Mamoa, in the meantime, had a bit more fun with a “I don’t know if you missed the last movie, but Superman’s dead!” joke right afterward – although he made sure that the kid’s hopes weren’t crushed after the panel ended by reassurring him that yes, the Man of Steel would make a triumphant return from his apparent death. You can see both of their remarks in the below video:
The entire premise of this iteration of the Justice League is based on the idea that other superheroes have to band together in order to save the world in the absence of Superman – so for the plot to work, he has to be absent from the playing field for a while. But rest assured, the Man of Tomorrow will get paid his dues in Justice League, and how he does return will probably be a mystery that will be kept as a close secret until the movie is released. It’s worth noting, too, that the general feeling that the DCEU team have suggested is going to happen is that when Superman returns, he’ll be the ideal hero that he was always meant to be, but struggled to become. After all, it wasn’t that long ago when DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns told us that we’d need to update our “Top 5 DCEU Superman Moments” list (which you can read below) following the release of Justice League:
Get ready to revise your list. https://t.co/lnOMdXYJ58
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) June 9, 2017
Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Mamoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.