It’s just under a month until the highly-anticipated Justice League movie arrives in cinemas and, if the latest trailer is anything to go by, it’s set to be the superhero event of 2017.
More significantly, the early signs are that DC Comics may finally have a superhero movie to rival Marvel’s much-lauded Avengers franchise. For one thing, the Justice League movie’s main villain, Steppenwolf, looks a fearsome force to be reckoned with and a vastly superior antagonist to either of the villains to feature in the first two Avengers movies.
The first film saw Captain America and Co. battle the bland, faceless army of the Chitauri while the sequel focused on the self-aware A.I. Ultron – neither were particularly great shakes. Steppenwolf, on the other hand, is a Sauron-lookalike wielding one giant, scary looking weapon seemingly capable of turning people into stone-like zombies.
And with seasoned thespian Ciaran Hinds underneath all of that CGI and make-up, you know something good is in store. Justice League looks to have learned the lessons of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in that everything just looks a lot more fun.
Zack Snyder’s previous effort suffered from a serious case of the blues and arguably ranks as the most miserable, melancholy superhero movie of all time.Ezra Miller’s The Flash shares a joke with Ben Affleck’s previously stoic Bruce Wayne while Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is having a blast, hitching a mid-air lift off Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and taking the Batmobile for a spin.
Affleck’s Batman, for his part, looks unburdened by the departure of Superman, finally able to take centre stage, while Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman continues to impress, undoubtedly on a high from the surprise success of her solo movie.
The only possible worry comes in the form of Amy Adams’ Lois Lane, who spends much of the trailer pining after the dead and buried Superman. Henry Cavill’s dark and brooding Clark Kent has always been a bit of a drag. The hope is that once he is resurrected – and we all know he will be – he’ll be an altogether different character. Hopefully, Adams gets a meatier role too.
Either way it’s fast shaping up to be an intriguing prospect with the addition of JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon the cherry on the top of this particular cinematic cake. loaded just wants to tuck in now. Justice League arrives on November 17.