After days of teasing, DC Films and Warner Bros. yesterday released the first full trailer for Justice League. The film follows the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Batman (Ben Affleck) assembles a team of heroes – Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and The Flash (Ezra Miller) – to defend the Earth from an alien threat.
Fans know that the threat in question is an incursion by the armies of Apokolips led by Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), agent of the cosmic tyrant Darkseid. Batman, however, is only working off of the premonitions he sees in his dreams and warning from the future brought to him by The Flash.
Batman’s vision of the future, which is often referred to as the “Knightmare,” involved the Dark Knight leading a resistance movement against Superman, who had apparently become a global despot. It would have seemed that future was averted when Superman died fighting Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but there’s a small nod towards the Knightmare in the Justice League trailer.
The reference comes early in the trailer, while Batman is making the journey to a remote settlement in search of Aquaman. As Batman comes to the top of a mountain, he removes his goggles and face covering. As fans on Reddit have pointed out, these are very similar goggles and covering to what Knightmare Batman wore in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and there’s a certain mirror image quality to the shots when juxtaposed.
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It’s unclear what this means for the future of the DC Extended Universe. Batman simply having these items is proof of nothing. It is, however, interesting that director Zack Snyder chose to use these items again in Justice League, and even in the Justice League trailer, knowing their significance. That’s no coincidence. Snyder is deliberately reminding fans of the dark future that may be ahead for the DCEU, but whether it is simply meant as a reminder of why Batman is assembling the Justice League or foreshadowing that some futures simply can’t be avoided remains to be seen.
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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.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a story by Snyder and Terrio, and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen and J. K. Simmons.
Justice League opens in theaters on Nov. 17, 2017.
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