The new logo for Justice League
Following the troublesome critical reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (a dismal 27% on Rotten Tomatoes), DC and Warner Bros. are on a mission to right some wrongs, and they've begun by inviting a bunch of press to the set of Justice League, now in production in London and due in theaters on November 17, 2017.
A ton of info was dropped during this set visit, so we've culled through the reports to bring it to you.
Check out the new Batmobile
Batman will sport an upgraded Batmobile in the film, complete with new armor and a more tanklike structure.
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Gone, it seems, is the Batcave, and instead Batman will operate out of a hangar, where he'll tweak his tech and also help construct an upgraded suit for Ezra Miller's Flash, a la Tony Stark's suped-up Spidey suit in Civil War. Based on what we've read, it looks like Bruce Wayne is the Tony Stark of this DC Cinematic Universe.
But there are two more rad vehicles, too!
They're called the Knightcrawler and the Flying Fox. The latter will be an aerial vehicle that transports the entire Justice League team, which is similar to the Avengers' Quinjet. The Knightcrawler is described as a vehicle that crawls on the ground and can transform into a spiderlike form. This vehicle may be used in a battle inside an abandoned underground tunnel that connects Metropolis to Gotham.
We have an official Justice League synopsis:
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.
The villains of the movie are…
As previously rumored, the main villain will be an alien called Steppenwolf, who acts as a henchman for the iconic DC baddie Darkseid. The setup is that long ago Ancient Man, the Amazonians and Atlanteans fought off Darkseid, who left behind three motherboxes, one with each group. Now Darkseid has sent Steppenwolf and a hoard of parademons (seen flying around in that Batman v Superman dream-sequence scene) to retrieve those motherboxes, teased here in a scene released online following Batman v Superman's release.
Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor will also return in some form. According to reports, both Steppenwolf and the motherboxes look completely different now than they did in that scene above.
Superman will return with longer hair…
While Henry Cavill was not on set, and while no one wanted to spoil how and when Superman returns to assist the Justice League, reports do indicate that when Cavill does return, his Superman will have longer hair, perhaps playing off the Death of Superman comic storyline where Supes' hair grows longer as he's recuperating in the Fortress of Solitude.
The tone is a lot lighter than anything we've seen in the DC Cinematic Universe so far
All of the reports point out that this film will be lighter and funnier, with Ezra Miller's Flash acting as comic relief. Here, Slashfilm describes one scene between Bruce Wayne and Miller's Barry Allen that gives a sense of the tone.
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Ben Affleck is still working on his solo Batman movie, and he definitely plans on directing it
Affleck discussed Justice League, saying for his character it's a story about redemption and making the world a better place as his Bruce Wayne assembles the team and then fights the bad guys. As was recently announced, this will be a stand-alone film called Justice League rather than the first of two parts.
On that future solo Batman movie, Heroic Hollywood quoted Affleck as saying the following…
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Aquaman will wear jeans in the movie, plus: Willem Dafoe confirmed to be playing the Atlantean Vulko
Willem Dafoe has been confirmed to be playing Vulko in the film, who's like an advisor to Aquaman and helps take over after the superhero bolts to assist the Justice League. We imagine Vulko will be set up here and then his role will be expanded upon in the solo Aquaman film.
Additionally, our buddy Mike Ryan over at Uproxx noticed some art that had Aquaman sporting jeans in the movie. We found this particular part of his report amusing…
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Why Justice League is unlike any other DC movie
There's a ton more to discover in these reports — like Zack Snyder's response to the lukewarm reaction to Batman v Superman and more on costumes, etc — but this quote from Affleck sums it all up pretty nicely, reaffirming that they've listened to fans and will deliver a film that celebrates the joy of watching superheroes team up on the big screen more than the dark drama.
"DC movies I think, by their nature, are a little more mythic than some comic book movies are. But [Batman v Superman] was very dark and heavy because it was really rooted in Dark Knight Returns which is a heavy, dark book. And this is not that. This is a step in evolution in that to bring together all of these characters who have had their origins. It’s about multilateralism, and it’s about hope and about working together and the kind of conflicts of trying to work together with others. It’s a world where superheroes exist, so there’s comedy in that necessarily, trying to work with other people and people trying to accomplish goals together is the root of all great comedy in my view. So there’s definitely, hopefully some fun in it. But it’s not unrecognizably these characters or these stories. It’s not turning it upside down."
Make sure you check out some of these full set visit reports. We recommend Slashfilm, Heroic Hollywood, Uproxx and CinemaBlend.