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At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con we got our first look at footage from the upcoming Justice League movie.

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Thankfully, learning from last year’s issues, Warner Bros. decided to upload the clip to the internet. Thereby bypassing all the low-res cell phone footage we all would have watched while they made up their minds on how to react.

If you’ve been too busy watching Stranger Things, here it is.

At the beginning of the trailer is this disclaimer.

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That’s great. Be upfront that this isn’t finished. Let’s all get on the same page and enjoy some Justice League. While watching it’s apparent that this isn’t a movie that’s finished with all it’s effects shots in place. That’s ok. Be happy we’re getting a look at a movie that’s a year away.

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BATMAN

Yeah, Batfleck is back! He looks pissed chucking that batarang at Not Grant Gustin. The story seems to revolve around him gathering the League in the wake of Superman’s death in BVS. You know, like he said he was going to do at the end of the movie.

Affleck’s Batman is sure to be a high point of this movie. After the reaction to his part in BVS, the only issue could be that he gets too much screen time and some of the newer characters get the short end of this ensemble.

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It’s hard for me to pinpoint, but the costume looks a little different here. By now I should expect costumes to alter by outing, but it still surprises me sometimes. With the great costume he donned in BVS, it’s sort of “if it’s not broke…” However, there could be a story element of him going up against larger threats with the Justice League and so he has to adapt.

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WONDER WOMAN

Like Batman, sure to be a highlight of this cinematic adventure. With Gadot stealing the show in BVS, she is sure to get some great scenes in this one. Here’s hoping for some more character development, but that’s probably going to be taken care of in her solo outing.

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CYBORG

If you told me when I was 9 that someday I would see Cyborg in a live-action movie, I would be pumped. Not much of him in this “not-really-a-trailer”, but that’s understandable. Every shot of him is going to involve CGI, so there’s sure to be a lot more to come. Can’t wait to see him unleashed and kicking ass.

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FLASH

Ezra Miller, a.k.a. Not Grant Gustin has an uphill battle here. There’s already a Flash that people know and love. He’s going to have to work harder here to get people to forget about TV Barry Allen and get them excited about his character. Not that it can’t be done, but is “loser Barry” the way to accomplish it? If they set him up as the p.o.v. character in this group it should help audiences relate to him and hopefully get him over the hump.

The comics have shown that there can be more than 1 Flash, hopefully Justice League shows us that there can be more than 1 live-action one, also.

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AQUAMAN

Oh boy, this trailer wants you to know how much of a badass Aquaman is. He’s a hard-living, hard-drinking, aquatic philanthropist. I know that you can do different takes on characters, but I never thought I would see a live-action Aquaman so clearly based on the 90s harpoon-handed version.

Obviously, they want to get away from the pop culture portrayal of the character that has been around since Super Friends. That’s completely valid. It would be weird if they didn’t. However, why is the closing shot of the clip a “talking to fish” joke? It’s not like he had a cool comeback for it, it just ends. If there is no rebuttal, all it’s going to do is remind people of that.

It’s almost like Aquaman went and grew his hair out and got all tatted-up in a mid life crisis kind of way to be taken seriously after Super Friends. What’s the oceanic equivalent of a Lamborghini?

 

SUPERMAN

Is not in this trailer. He’s featured prominently in the promotional image, so he’s definitely in here somewhere. Assuredly, the story will involve his coming back from death by Doomsday. No way are they doing a Justice League film without the Man of Steel.

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THE LOGO

Simpler than I thought it would be. It’s bold and stands out. Probably by the time of the movie’s release, there will be a more overly-rendered version of this popping up on all the merchandise. Not sure what to think of that star placement. It’s eye catching, but I’m not sure if it’s for the right reasons. It might get my attention because it’s in such an awkward location.

Overall, I like this “trailer”, but I’m not as excited about this as I should be. I’ve wanted a Justice League movie for decades. Perhaps it’s just the unfinished nature of the footage. I have a lot higher expectations for the full “real” trailer that will be released.

It’s good, but it doesn’t give me the “I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS!” feeling a Justice League movie inevitably should have.

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