JUSTICE LEAGUE FULL MOVIE

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally to face an even greater enemy.

    

YOU CAN'T SAVE THE WORLD ALONE.

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ABOUT

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.

TRIVIA & PRODUCTION NOTES

Based on the comic books published by DC Comics. Warner Bros. Pictures originally tried to do a Justice League movie several years ago, with George Miller directing from a script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney; however, the project was canned in 2008 due to a lack of tax breaks and script issues .

Justice League takes place months after the events of Batman v Superman.

This film will have a much lighter tone than Batman vs Superman; it's a fun ensemble focused on Batman assembling the team.

Heavily influenced by Jack Kirby and revolves around the quest for three Mother Boxes; one on Earth, one in Atlantis, and one in Themyscira.

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The New Justice League Full Movie Trailer Is Here to Pump You Up

Fresh of Gal Gadot's turn hosting SNL, Warner Brothers dropped the latest trailer for Justice League Full Movie. And this time it's all set to a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes," just to make sure you know what's what.

We get our first real look at a world without Superman. Lois is having depressing dreams, memorials are up, and the world is running low on hope, according to a dour Daily Planet headline. It's a sad, grey world, even for a DC movie. But hope is on the way! Or not hope so much as weirdly, beetle-y monsters we got a confusing peak at in Batman v Superman.

There's a rough plot to piece together as the Justice League Full Movie assembles, but who cares with all the specatcle crammed in: Amazons standing on running horses, flaming crop circle-looking things, Cyborg flying through the air with Aquaman, Aquaman saying, "My man!" because maybe Atlantis is only now getting 80's sitcoms. And the Batmobile seems to have an even bigger role than the Flash.

Are our heroes truly facing run-of-the-mill alien invasion? "I think it's something more," Batman says, "something darker." That seems like a big wink-wink that the film's villain is definitely Darkseid, or maybe just the Batmaniest thing Bartman's ever said.

Superman Has a Mustache in Justice League Full Movie

But here's the thing: You will never see it.

You know about burying the lede, right? When someone tells a seemingly mundane story and the wildest and most interesting part is just thrown in right at the end, like an afterthought? On Monday, Variety reported that the reshoots on Justice League Full Movie are going on far longer and costing much more money than usual, causing complications with some of its more in-demand cast members. And yes, that's interesting and worth hearing about—but it's nothing compared to what it means for Superman.

According to Variety, Henry Cavill is currently filming the sixth Mission Impossible film, a movie for which he had to grow a mustache. However, Paramount, the studio making Mission Impossible will not permit Cavill to shave or use a fake mustache, which means that he's currently filming his new Superman scenes with said mustache, which Variety reports will be digitally removed for Justice League Full Movie. Which now means there is a likely a team of post-production professionals tasked with the vital assignment of making sure that not a whit of Cavill-stache appears in the Justice League Full Movie's plight against whoever it is they're fighting. (The trailer isn't terribly clear.)

Compounding the absurdity is the fact that Cavil's Superman died in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, although you'll be forgiven for forgetting that, since that movie came out a decade ago. I think we're supposed to maybe pretend that he's going to stay dead? I don't know. He's in the first poster but none of the trailers; marketing is weird. Honestly, I don't know what the fuss is. He should be able to keep it for the movie. After all, death followed by resurrection is a plenty good reason to start sporting a rich and well-cultivated mustache.

Justice League Full Movie Is Really Half-Assing This Whole "Superman Is Dead" Charade

The latest marketing for Justice League Full Movie basically confirms the most predictable "twist" of 2017.

Superman is dead. Remember? I wouldn’t blame you for forgetting, because Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was such a fascinating mess that the death of one of DC’s biggest superheroes was, like, the 12th most memorable thing about it. And like most of the misguided creative choices in Batman v Superman, Superman’s death backs Warner Bros. into a weird corner. Superman is obviously coming back from the dead. And Justice League Full Movie has found itself in the awkward position of half-pretending Superman is dead while all but openly acknowledging that Superman will return.

It's probably unnecessary, but let's take a quick look at the mountains of evidence for Superman's return. Man of Steel 2 is still happening, and it would be pretty weird if it didn’t have the Man of Steel in it. Logistical problems on Justice League Full Movie reshoots have been caused, in part, by conflicts with Henry "Superman" Cavill’s schedule on Mission: Impossible 6. Even Batman v Superman ends with a wink about Superman’s inevitable resurrection, as the dirt on his coffin begins to levitate. (At least, I assume that’s what that was supposed to mean. Batman v Superman was pretty incoherent.)

So yeah, he’s coming back. But here's the problem: The plot of Justice League Full Movie requires everyone to act like they actually believe Superman is dead. So Cavill sat out the big Justice League Full Movie panel at Comic-Con (while cheekily winking at his inevitable return on Instagram).

And then there’s the new Justice League Full Movie trailer, which begins by reminding audiences that Superman was killed off in Batman v Superman. "The world remains in morning over the death of the Superman," says a newscaster, over an image of a Daily Planet editorial titled "World Without Hope" and a Metropolis skyline that includes a Superman memorial statue. Damn. He sounds pretty dead!

The New Justice League Full Movie Trailer Holds Nothing Back

Except the very obvious return of a character we never thought was dead in the first place.

Here's a new, four-minute long trailer for Justice League Full Movie, which doesn't so much tease a film as it does show us hundreds of scenes from that film. Anyway, it's our best look yet at Jason Momoa's Aquaman, and J.K. Simmons' James Gordon, so there's something.

So there's nothing here we haven't seen or expected for quite a while. The marketing has leaned harder and harder on Wonder Woman since her box office and critical success. Ezra Miller's Flash also gets plenty of screen time. Jury's out on whether a whole 150 minutes of him doing this shtick will be endearing or annoying. Hey! Even Cyborg gets a joke! DC is learning that people like a movie with a sense of humor.

There's also a SECRET character entering the fray at the end here. "They told me you'd come," Batman's faithful servant Alfred says to the mysterious stranger, who couldn't possibly be Superman, who totally, definitely died and will stay dead after the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Oh, for sure, man. Does Warner Bros. think we're going to lose our absolute shit when they reveal Henry Cavill is in this movie? Do they not remember they established he's absolutely not dead in the very same movie he died in? Christ.

Justice League Full Movie will be released on November 17.

Zack Snyder Is Stepping Down as Director of Justice League Full Movie

Joss Whedon will take over in the wake of a tragedy in Snyder’s family.

In a tragic turn of events, Justice League Full Movie director Zack Snyder has announced that he is stepping down from the forthcoming superhero blockbuster to spend time with his family following the death of his daughter, Autumn Snyder.

According to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder and his wife, producer Deborah—who will also be stepping away from the film—have been mourning in private since their daughter's suicide in March. She was 20.

To finish the film—which has already completed principal photography, with only reshoots and post-production remaining—Avengers director Joss Whedon has taken over and will oversee the remaining work, which includes a few additional scenes Snyder had asked him to write. Whedon—who was in talks to write and direct a Batgirl film for Warner Bros.—isn't going to be making any substantial changes to the film, since the majority of the work involved is done. His involvement, according to Snyder, stems from Snyder's desire to not let his personal hardship cause the movie to be delayed.

How Injustice Beat DC Comics' Movies at Their Own Game

The story of how a knife juggler, a bunch of artists, and the creators of Mortal Kombat got together to do what Hollywood still can't figure out.

Before he was a TV and comics writer, Tom Taylor was a street performer. He juggled fire and knives for change from passersby. Ask him about it, and he'll say his work life hasn't really changed much, even if it's a bit less dangerous.

"I write desperately wanting to entertain people at every moment at whatever I'm working on," says Taylor, "because I'm worried otherwise they won't put money in my hat."

In his own estimation, Taylor has always held onto more than he can fit in his hands, teaching in addition to juggling during his time as a street performer. Now he's a successful comic book writer for both Marvel and DC Comics. He has his own Netflix series, The Deep, which will premiere its second season later this year. Four years ago, however, one of those myriad projects suddenly took on a life of its own, becoming an outright phenomenon that caught the comics world entirely by surprise: Injustice: Gods Among Us, a comic that, by most estimations, should not have come anywhere near "good." Instead, it, and the fighting game it was based on, has done what the DC Extended Universe of films so far characterized by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad so far has failed to do, and redefined one of the most famous rosters of characters for a new generation.

Some context: Injustice was a prequel comic (strike one, because prequels) to a video game of the same name (strike two, because video game spin-offs are "historically, not a benchmark of quality" according to Taylor) and a digital-only series, which meant that—at first—it wouldn't be printed and sold in comic shops or bookstores, instead directly beamed to apps like Comixology or Kindle. In theory, digital series can be more risky or experimental, and they sometimes are. However, when a video game spinoff is a digital first series, it doesn't exactly feel like a vote of confidence (strike three).

Like the comic, the Injustice video game that it was based on also had the deck stacked against it. Created by NetherRealm Studios, the shop most famous for Mortal Kombat, it espoused the sort of grim aesthetic of the DCEU films—only this was April of 2013. Man of Steel was still two months away from premiering, and the dark-and-gritty vibe was only just starting to become tiresome.

Injustice's story was almost comically bleak: its inciting incident has the Joker, for kicks, trick Superman into killing his wife and unborn child while a nuke obliterates all of Metropolis. In a fury, Superman kills the Joker and becomes a despot, imposing martial law while the majority of the Justice League Full Movie falls in line, forcing Batman to hop over to another universe and recruit a more morally intact Justice League Full Movie to bring his newly fascist pals in line.

"We do have a darker approach to everything we do," says Steve Beran, art director at NetherRealm studios. He mostly attributes that to the studio's heritage as the home of the notoriously violent Mortal Kombat fighting games. But it wasn't like they wanted Superman ripping out Batman's spine or anything. "It is tricky, because you have to respect the characters and not get too crazy with them, but DC's been really cool about us pushing the line and doing what we wanted to do with them. It's actually a lot of fun!"

Fun is a big part of why Injustice was an immediate hit when it launched. Regardless of what you thought of its patently ridiculous story, NetherRealm knows how to make a damn good fighting game, bringing a level of cinematic flair and WWE-tier silliness to superhero fights that hadn't ever been seen before. Like this one thing Aquaman can do in the game, where he impales his opponent in his trident and serves them to a freaking shark:

As the Injustice game dazzled with its over-the-top Wrestlemania-esque brawls, something weird happened: the tie-in comic—the one that seemed so easy to write off—remained on the top of digital sales charts for months . Read comments sections and you'll see that some readers didn't even care about the video game either. It seems Taylor and the cadre of artists (which rotated with high frequency due to Injustice's weekly schedule) were onto something.

"The key moment for me was when I saw myself on the list of the top 100 authors on Amazon and I was just above, like, J.K. Rowling," laughs Taylor. "That's when you know your comic about Batman and Superman is doing alright."

Taylor's take on the Injustice vision of the Justice League Full Movie is a clinic in defying expectations. Without the benefit of having a really fun video game propping up its incredibly grim premise, the Injustice comic instead moves quickly from the shock and awe of its setup to become an engrossing and weirdly endearing take on the DC Universe that's both friendly to comics newcomers and compelling to longtime fans. Because, despite the topsy-turvy nature of the familiar heroes-gone-bad plot at the heart of Injustice, the prequel uses the outlandish and extreme actions of Superman—and the Batman-led resistance—to do pitch-perfect character studies of less famous characters like Green Arrow, Black Canary, and even Alfred.

"Despite all that happens, the core of it is the breakup of the world's finest friendship" says Taylor. "There's this huge bombastic stuff, but at the core it's about grief and regret and pain. But it's also about humor, because for me, I have to be amused at the same time that I'm writing all this tragedy, or else I'd just be bored."

This week, Injustice is back on all fronts. Injustice 2, the sequel to the game that started it all, brings back the fun-as-hell crazy superhero brawls with a refreshed roster of fighters and a much-hyped "gear" system that lets players deck out their heroes in accessories they can earn through playing. Alongside it is another prequel comic, also called Injustice 2, bringing Tom Taylor back to the world he helped flesh out after having to exit the first series roughly halfway through its five-year run. Both answer a simple question: What next? What happens after a dictator falls, especially one like Superman? Maybe the answer is outrageous, but as the success of the first Injustice game and comic shows: people really want to know.

"I do hear it all the time, people saying Injustice is the comic that got them into comics," says Taylor. "To know that this is the reason they've discovered the greatest storytelling medium in the world—that's exactly what we want. We want to pull people in, we want to make people addicted to this. Comics are just the greatest thing there is."

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Here's the First Full Trailer for Justice League Full Movie

Featuring one terrible Beatles cover and one very notable absence.

Justice League Full Movie, hot off a week of tedious promos and steady poster releases, finally dropped its long-promised full trailer this morning and, well, it's a movie called Justice League Full Movie all right. Here it is:

with a much, much worse song backing the action. There are few surprises, Wonder Woman jumping around reminding us her film will be much better, and, dare I say it, lamer jokes. At the very least, there are quick first glimpses of J.K. Simmons' Jim Gordon, and Amber Heard's Mera, who'll be a major player in James Wan's Aquaman.

Speaking of the guy, he gets all the best stuff to do here. It's pretty hard for Cyborg, a half-CGI glowing high-schooler, or Ben Affleck to look all that cool next to Jason Momoa in full trident (five-dent?)-wielding warrior mode. Conspicuously absent remains Henry Cavill's Superman, who we all know is alive and will play into this movie. You just know they're gonna make a big deal out of it when he does show up in one of these wretched promos.

Justice League Full Movie drops on November 17 later this year. There will be a lot of actors in it.

The Quest to Make Aquaman Cool Continues - Justice League Full Movie Streaming

James Wan says Aquaman is kind of like Wolverine. We have some thoughts about that.

In the grand arc of history, one thing has always held true: Aquaman is not cool. Everyone knows this, especially the people responsible for making Aquaman stories. They have tried, many times, to make him cool, and their efforts have all been in vain. He was not cool when, in the '90s, they cut off his hand and made him a bearded badass. He remained uncool even after Vinnie Chase turned him into a blockbuster action hero, and also in that one video game where he was an over-empowered pain in the ass. Aquaman, unfortunately for him, will always be that goofy dude from Superfriends who talked to fish.

Sure, choosing Jason Momoa, Khal Drogo himself, might finally be the one thing that sticks after years of trying across various media. Look at that Justice League Full Movie footage from Comic-Con: If that movie has any clear goals whatsoever, the biggest is "making Aquaman cool." The movie could totally suck, and if people walk out of it saying yeah but Aquaman kicked so much ass, Justice League Full Movie will probably be a success.

And naturally, James Wan is very much on board with the badassification of Aquaman, telling Slashfilm that "he's kind of the Wolverine" of the DC Universe, that he's "the outsider who gets pulled into this world and he kind of doesn’t want to belong and he was doing his own thing."

Ahem.

While I totally get what you're saying with this whole outsider thing, Mr. Wan, I say thee nay. Aquaman is no Wolverine. That is some revisionist bullshit. Wolverine is a perpetually angry and very short bear that was taught the samurai code and begrudgingly carries a strong sense of duty and honor as a result, pretending to be bristly and gruff but never actually following through on his threats to abandon the school full of children he somehow feels responsible for. Wolverine was conceived to be annoyingly badass, the sort of thing a ten-year-old would dream up during recess ("He's got like, a metal skeleton and he can heal from anything and like, his hands have knives coming out of them") only to somehow become empathetic after decades of exposure.

Aquaman, as we have established, is mostly a joke. Perhaps it's because he has no particular personality trait that has penetrated the wider pop cultural conversation; we really don't know what the guy's like. He's the king of Atlantis, okay. But so was King Triton in The Little Mermaid (alright, he's the king of Atlantica), and that guy was regal. Aquaman wears a yellow and green scaly jumpsuit and waits for dolphins to show up. Compare that to Marvel's version of Aquaman, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Here is a guy that looks even goofier than Aquaman—the guy wears a green speedo and has wings on his feet—but he's awesome, mostly because he's a giant prick who thinks he can dunk on just about every other superhero in the Marvel Universe, except the Invisible Woman, whom he hits on like every other year.

Here are the facts: Aquaman is bad, but Jason Momoa and James Wan are good. And lowered expectations can be a powerful tool. But guys, stop showing us how hard you're working to turn Urkel into Stefan. It'll kill the magic. Unless, of course, the Aquaman movie is just a gender-reversed She's All That, underwater, with superheroes.

The First Justice League Full Movie Trailer Suggests Batman Might Actually Have Fun This Time

The first footage of the giant crossover looks like a hell of a good time.

Justice League Full Movie is a movie with something to prove. Even though Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman will all come before its November 2017 release date, Justice League Full Movie is where Warner Bros.' slate of DC movies go Full Marvel, blossoming into a giant cinematic universe vying to get us excited at the very mention of future release dates. What's more, it's Zack Snyder's direct follow-up the famously dour Batman v Superman, one that he swears will be much more fun this time around. You know what, though? He might be right.

At least that's what the first footage of Justice League Full Movie seems to suggest. Screened in at San Diego Comic-Con's famous Hall H, the clip isn't so much a proper trailer but a montage of scenes mostly focused on Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne approaching Dothraki Thor Aquaman and The Flash, asking them each to join his superhero party club. Also, "Icky Thump," by The White Stripes is playing, which might be Justice League Full Movie trying too hard, but it works well enough.

Justice League Full Movie Wants To Be Way More Fun Than Batman v Superman, Thank God

We can work with this.

The people behind the forthcoming Justice League Full Movie movie really, really want you to know that it will be totally different from Batman v Superman, even though almost all of the same people are making it. They want you to know this now, nearly a year and a half before the movie is scheduled to drop, because they've got plans for Batfleck and his pals, and they're worried that Batman v Superman didn't get you hyped for them.

Put simply: Despite the fact that two DC movies precede it (this August's Suicide Squad and next summer's Wonder Woman) Justice League Full Movie is the moment of truth, where Warner Bros' DC movie ambitions go smug-as-hell Drake or full Crying Jordan.

To this end, a whole mess of Justice League Full Movie details have hit the Internet today, thanks to numerous reports from a recent media set visit. While we weren't present at the event, the reports paint an interesting picture of Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck and co. trying to convince their critics that what they've got in store is a more upbeat, fun movie than Batman v Superman, while also trying to suggest that this is what they've always planned.

To wit (spoilers for Batman v Superman):

Batman isn't so angry anymore.

The first line of Warner Bros. official synopsis for Justice League Full Movie states that Batman is "fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act" to form the Justice League Full Movie, which subtly shows where the movie's priorities are. Batfleck did the best he could with what he had in BvS, but that script cast him as an angry prick, and with a solo Batman movie of his own in the cards, Ben Affleck is heavily invested in making sure his character looks good.

Ezra Miller is reportedly a chill dude.

The actor, who plays Barry Allen/The Flash, is by all accounts an exuberant goofball, cracking up his co-stars and bouncing off Batman's gruff exterior to great effect. This is exactly what you want The Flash to do in a Justice League Full Movie movie, by the way—something that you can see the TV version of The Flash, Grant Gustin, do really well every week on the unrelated (but fun) The Flash CW show.

The bad guys will be weird as hell.

We saw hints of this in Batman v Superman, but Justice League Full Movie is leaning heavily into some DC Comics deep cuts, culling its villains from legend Jack Kirby's Fourth World stories. Right now, the only confirmed villain is Steppenwolf, an unstoppable warrior-god who is also a general commanding the hordes of the hell-planet Apokolips. Zack Snyder's films may be excessively grim and dour, but he's not afraid to trot out some of the most batshit aspects of the comics.

It is, of course, foolish to form many opinions about a movie that is still being made and won't premiere until November 17, 2017, but that's the sort of thing that a movie invites when it's a part of a "cinematic universe," y'know? It's like Batman said in Batman v Superman: "The world only makes sense when you force it to."

Hopefully Snyder knows you can't force fun.

The Future of DC Superhero Movies Maybe Just Got a Little Brighter

The new head of DC's film division is the same guy who willfully ended its comic books' era of dark, cynical superhero stories.

For the last 30 years, DC Entertainment—the publisher responsible for Batman, Superman, and the Justice League Full Movie—has had a unique problem. It's a simple problem, but a strange one: In the mid-'80s, DC published some of the most important comics in the world, and they've been creatively tied down to them ever since. It's afflicted them at just about every turn, from the pages of comics to the movies based on their characters.

But now DC and Warner Bros. are looking to pivot, with a leadership shakeup that places longtime DC comics writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns in charge of a newly formed DC Films unit along with studio exec Jon Berg in order to oversee DC's superhero movies adaptations. The pair have not said much about their plans yet, but Johns has been very vocal about what he sees as the primary selling points of DC heroes: Hope and optimism.

That's a far cry from Batman v Superman, quite possibly the most cynical superhero movie ever made. It could also mean a radical pivot away from this particular problem DC's had—as the successes of the ’80s have become tethers holding the publisher back.

Look at just about any top ten list of the best graphic novels or superhero comics of all time and you'll see a few staples, all published by DC: Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One. Despite being periodicals at the time of their initial publication, they were complete works that could be neatly collected and sold and referred to in perpetuity. These books were huge moments in the comic book world, and they're largely responsible for making comics Something For Adults To Enjoy. They deconstructed superheroes, and they’re why we have adaptations as good as Christopher Nolan's bat-movies and as bad as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

And this is a big part of the problem. Comics, maybe more than any other entertainment medium, is afflicted with perpetual Golden Age Syndrome: There’s a lot of talk about all the great comics that came out back in the day, and the creators that made them are afforded a generous level of celebrity with no expiration date. Consider Frank Miller, whose name alone is perceived as valuable to DC: The man has not produced any meaningful output since the conclusion of his Sin City series of crime comics in 2000, and his work since then—most notably a 2011 graphic novel named Holy Terror, where a Batman-like protagonist fights jihadist forces—has even been met with open, vehement derision. But it’s his work from which the movies are repeatedly drawn, it's his Batman that Ben Affleck dresses up as, and it’s his story from which Nolan took cues, because tribute must be paid. George Lucas would kill for the number of second chances a guy like Frank Miller gets.

Geoff Johns' Rebirth essentially serves as an apology for the past five years of DC comics. It could also be read as a direct response to the Zack Snyder ethos of darkness and cynicism.

It’s not that Frank Miller’s work isn’t worth adaptation—The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One are seminal works, about as good as their reputation suggests. But it’s rare that you’ll hear anyone outside of comics move past him to bring up other greats like Neil Adams and Denny O’Neil, or recent acclaimed creators like Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, or even Bruce Timm and the team of animators behind Batman: The Animated Series, probably the finest Batman adaptation ever made.

Marvel’s movies, on the other hand, have become a grand mashup of stories across its publishing history. Ultron was created in the late ‘60s; The Winter Soldier and Civil War are loosely based on stories told in the mid-2000s; all that crazy cosmic stuff from Guardians of the Galaxy to the Infinity Stones are mined from stories created in the ‘70s; much of the characterization of The Avengers stems from a 2002 series called The Ultimates.

A lot of this is by accident. Marvel, because of its soap-operatic method of storytelling and weird refusal to invest in graphic novels and bound collections until fairly recently, didn't really have many self-contained, complete stories to point to. None that stood imposingly on a bookshelf the way The Dark Knight Returns could, anyway. And DC's relevance isn't limited to just the ‘80s—there were countless important and game-changing stories told in the decades preceding, and more told in the decades to follow. But the priorities have long skewed in that era’s favor.

Coincidentally, Geoff Johns, the man now in charge of DC Films, is also responsible for this week's DC Universe: Rebirth #1. It’s a special story that's meant to change the status quo of DC's comic book universe, since the publisher's much-ballyhooed 2011 reboot—dubbed The New 52—has more or less failed. Rebirth—which is controversial for some of its story decisions—essentially serves as an apology for the past five years of DC comics, in which darker stories were par for the course and many characters were stripped of relationships that were integral to their identities. It could also be read as a direct response to the Zack Snyder ethos of darkness and cynicism, one in which no one smiles and heroes don’t care for one another.

This is all, ultimately, good news. DC, more than Marvel, has long had a disproportionately small sample of its vast library of stories hold sway over its direction for far too long, and in the process it’s earned the dubious distinction of having helped popularize an aesthetic commonly called "dark and gritty."

Check out this poster for DC Universe: Rebirth. Notice something different?

From Aquaman to Darkseid, here’s everything we know about ‘Justice league Streaming’

Check out a 'First Look' trailer for 'Justice league Streaming' from DC and AT&T

It’s been a long wait for DC Comics fans, but the live-action Justice league Streaming film is finally happening. Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero universe has brought in the bucks, but hasn’t had the easiest time of it on the big screen, with controversy and polarizing debate accompanying the first three installments of the studio’s cinematic franchise: Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. After the recent success of the stand-alone Wonder Woman film, the studio is hoping to keep things rolling in a positive direction.

A direct sequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice league Streaming brings back the trio of Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. They’re joined by a squadron of DC favorites — including Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg — who made brief appearances in Batman v Superman.

Set to debut in theaters November 17, 2017, Justice league Streaming is shaping up to be the biggest cinematic event to date in WB’s superhero universe. Here’s everything we know (spoiler alert!) about Justice league Streaming so far.

‘First Look’ trailer via AT&T- Justice league Streaming

Warner Bros. and DC have apparently partnered with AT&T to release a “first look” trailer (it’s not really a first look at all, but hey) which features some of the film’s lead actors talking a bit about their characters and about the experiences they had filming Justice league Streaming.

The trailer doesn’t tell us anything new — or, really, anything at all — but at the end, it does tease more exclusive content and videos at ATT.com/JusticeLeague. So, fingers crossed? View the trailer above.

New York Comic-Con trailer - Justice league Streaming

Warner Bros. Pictures made the weekend of New York Comic-Con a big one with the premiere of a new, full-length trailer for Justice league Streaming.

Set against a musical cover of David Bowie’s Heroes, the trailer features quite a bit of new footage from the film, particularly when it comes to scenes involving Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.

Behind the scenes and under the masks - Justice league Streaming

A new German-language promotional video for Justice league Streaming found its way online in early October 2017, and although it didn’t provide much in the way of new footage from the film, it did offer some candid insight into the cast members’ opinions of their superhero suits.

The brief video appears to have been shot during San Diego’s Comic-Con International convention, judging by the actors’ wardrobes, and features Momoa asking Affleck about his least-favorite Batman costume, Fisher showing off his performance-capture “pajamas,” and Gadot reminding her male co-stars that at least they got to cover most of their bodies.

The video also features some funny behind-the-scenes moments from filming on Justice league Streaming that add a bit of levity to what seems like an otherwise dark adventure.

Merchandise hints at a surprise return - Justice league Streaming

Although Superman’s potential return in Justice league Streaming is pretty much the world’s worst-kept secret (the final scene in Dawn of Justice teased his resurrection), we’re still curious about how the thread will play out. ScreenRant noticed that online retailer Superherostuff.com has two hats for sale, both black caps (one baseball-style, one leather with a flat brim) featuring Superman’s iconic logo in silver. They are listed as “Superman Black Armor Fitted Hat.”

The website’s product descriptions are very clear that the black suit is merely “rumored,” but we think that could be a cover to prevent spoilers. Since the Superman story arc that’s played out through Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice closely mirrors the comic arc that leads to a return in his popular black suit, we’re curious whether we’ll see Cavill don it in Justice league Streaming.

A detailed look at Flash’s lair - Justice league Streaming

Warner Bros. in mid-September 2017 officially released a hi-resolution still image of the Flash (Ezra Miller) in his lair — or home base, if “lair” is too villainous — which sheds some light on the character’s interests. You can see the same scene in the Comic-Con trailer (below), but the image is a lot more clear and reveals some interesting details.

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As some astute fans noticed when the trailer came out, it looks like Flash is a fan of Rick and Morty (as evidenced by a scene from the animated show in the monitor to the right of Flash’s head). He’s also got a picture of Nikola Tesla on his desk — fitting, given that Flash draws his power from the Speed Force — and some fingerprint scans on one of the monitors are an indicator that Barry Allen is a crime scene investigator.

Obviously, he’s also working through some science-y issues as well (see the equations on the left?), and he likes to draw birds. He could probably use some help organizing the office, though.

Going big at Comic-Con - Justice league Streaming

Warner Bros. Pictures has typically saved some of their best movie marketing for San Diego Comic-Con, and the 2017 show was no exception.

The studio released a new trailer for Justice league Streaming featuring a massive amount of fresh footage from the much-anticipated superhero team-up event.

Along with offering our best look yet at the villain Steppenwolf (while still retaining some of the mystery surrounding the character), the trailer also prominently featured Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, and Wonder Woman — with the latter getting the well-deserved bulk of the attention, given her solo film’s success.

Last and certainly not least, the final moments of the trailer teased the return of the Man of Steel, a plot point that’s certainly anticipated but remains clouded in secrecy.

Flash, etc.- Justice league Streaming

In the lead-up to 2017’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, Entertainment Weekly released a new photo of three members of the Justice league Streaming team, as well as some thoughts from Flash actor Miller about his fleet-footed character’s call-up to the big leagues.

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“He’s this really endearing, altruistic nerd,” said Miller of his character, Barry Allen, and his costumed alter ego. “He’s the 13-year-old Metallica fan, and Metallica says, ‘We lost our drummer in a freak accident. We need you to play drums, bro!’ I don’t even have drumsticks!”

Given the company he’s keeping in the above photo, he’ll have to step up — even when he’s speeding along.

A high score - Justice league Streaming

We already know that Justice league Streaming will feature some big names in front of the camera, but the film reportedly added another well-known figure behind the camera in June 2017.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, four-time Academy Award nominee and veteran superhero movie composer Danny Elfman will provide the score for Justice league Streaming. Elfman will replace composer Antonius Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL) on the movie. Holkenborg previously provided the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as recent hits Mad Max: Fury Road and Deadpool.

A frequent collaborator with director Tim Burton, Elfman famously provided the score for 1989’s Batman and its 1992 sequel, Batman Returns. His list of credits on comic book and superhero movies is a long one, full of blockbusters such as Men in Black, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wanted, and more recently, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The four Academy Award nominations Elfman received for his work recognized the music he provided for Good Will Hunting, Men in Black, Big Fish, and Milk.

Bringing back the Amazons

Among the returning characters in Justice league Streaming will be a few recent additions to Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero universe, Connie Nielsen’s Queen Hippolyta and Robin Wright’s General Antiope from Wonder Woman.

Asked whether we might see more of the Amazons in future films, Nielsen confirmed that she’d reprise her role in Justice league Streaming — and be joined by Wright.

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“[Wright and I] got to do more in Justice league Streaming as well,” Nielsen told The Los Angeles Times. “As sisters as well. Kind of badass as well. We can’t say much, but …”

“… And more of the story. You get some of the history,” added Wright.

Of course, anyone who’s seen Wonder Woman will likely wonder about the context for at least one of the two characters’ return. Wright’s comment in particular suggests that the pair’s scene could take the form of a flashback, possibly involving the Amazons’ own history with the Justice league Streaming villains.

Joss Whedon takes over following Zack Snyder’s departure - Justice league Streaming

Director Zack Snyder, who also oversaw Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is stepping away from the production of Justice league Streaming, according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Snyder’s decision comes following his daughter’s suicide in March. “In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” Snyder told THR. “I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

Joss Whedon, who helmed the first two Avengers movies for Marvel, will take the reins on Justice league Streaming. Snyder had already recruited Whedon to write some additional scenes for the film, following a screening of a rough cut. Justice league Streaming is currently in post-production, and while Whedon will shoot the new scenes, the project will still reflect Snyder’s vision. According to Warner Bros. Pictures President Toby Emmerich: “The directing is minimal ,and it has to adhere to the style and tone and the template that Zack set … He’s handing a baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack.”

There is no word yet on when or if Snyder will return to the franchise, or who might oversee it moving forward. Reports have already connected Whedon to a possible Batgirl film, so this may be the start of his growing involvement in DC’s film universe. According to the THR report, Warner Bros. extended Snyder’s deal, in case he wants to return to work on more projects.

Come together - Justice league Streaming

After teasing the arrival of the first full-length trailer for Justice league Streaming, Warner Bros. Pictures delivered it on March 25 — and it quickly became quite the conversation starter.

Offering glimpses of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Flash in action against an invading horde, the trailer also revealed glimpses of some of the comedy that the studio and Snyder insisted will lighten the tone of the film. Snyder’s previous DC Comics superhero mash-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, was criticized for its oppressively grim and gritty tone, and the Justice league Streaming team has been vocal about its efforts to add more humor to the upcoming film.

Images and action - Justice league Streaming

As part of the announcement that a new trailer for Justice league Streaming would premiere March 25, Warner Bros. Pictures released a batch of new posters for the film in the days leading up to the trailer’s debut, as well as several teasers for the trailer. (Yes, they’re previews of a trailer — but that’s the way of things in the modern movie marketing cycle.)

The first three posters released by the studio feature Batman, Aquaman, and the Justice league Streaming movie logo.

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The studio also released a pair of teasers featuring Aquaman and Batman that offered a peek at the footage likely to appear in the new trailer.

And finally, the studio also released a new photo of the entire team assembled and ready for action.

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New wheels - Justice league Streaming

If you’re the kind of person who saw Batman’s arsenal on wheels in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and thought, “There’s definitely room for more guns,” you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what the film has in store for the Batmobile in Justice league Streaming.

In early March 2017, Snyder posted a photo of the upgraded Batmobile on social media site Vero (an image that was then discovered by ComingSoon.net), and the iconic supercar appears to be more gun than vehicle at this point — which actually makes a lot of sense, given the level of threat the team will face in Justice league Streaming.

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If there was any question whether Ben Affleck’s outrageously lethal take on Batman would be toned down for Justice league Streaming, this image offers a pretty clear answer.

Under the sea - Justice League Streaming

In March 2017, Snyder posted a brief video on Twitter, featuring some test footage of Aquaman actor Jason Momoa.

Captioned “Working on my birthday,” the short video shows Momoa’s Aquaman gliding through the water toward what looks to be a statue of some sort (or another character sitting very, very still).

It’s unknown how much of Justice league Streaming will be set underwater or if the clip from Snyder’s video will even be included in the theatrical cut of the film, but it does provide a nice indication of what Aquaman’s undersea kingdom might look like.

The mission - Justice League Streaming

Ben Affleck’s Batman took a lone-wolf approach to heroism in Batman v. Superman, but we know he’ll play a key role in uniting the DC Comics heroes of Warner Bros. Pictures’ cinematic universe. So what are they uniting against?

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In June 2016, the studio released the first, official plot synopsis for the film, which hinted at a “newly awakened” threat that will prove to be more than any one of the heroes can handle alone.

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.

That same month, the studio confirmed that the threat they face will come from Steppenwolf, an alien from the planet Apokolips in league with the cosmic tyrant Darkseid, one of DC Comics’ most powerful villains. Tasked with recovering the three pieces of technology known as “Mother Boxes,” Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons — the winged creatures glimpsed during Batman’s desert nightmare sequence in Batman v. Superman — attempt to take back the Mother Boxes from the three races entrusted with them: the Amazonians, the Atlanteans, and humans.

This quest pits Steppenwolf against Amazonian warrior princess Wonder Woman, Atlantean king Aquaman, and the combined efforts of Batman, The Flash, and Cyborg. And if a certain rumor proves true, there’s a famous Man of Steel who might be resurrected in time to help out, too.

Returning heroes - Justice League Streaming

The two most prominent heroes confirmed to return for Justice league Streaming are Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, but they’re not the only familiar faces that will form the foundation of the studio’s premiere superhero team. After making brief appearances in some of the earlier films (particularly Batman v. Superman), the trio of Ezra Miller’s Flash, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg will join Batman and Wonder Woman as the founding members of the live-action superhero team.

Although he’s conspicuously absent from many reports on the film’s featured cast, Henry Cavill’s Superman is also expected to be resurrected in some form — much as he’s done time and time again in the comics — after dying in Batman V. Superman. This time around, however, he’ll likely be assisting Batman instead of trying to beat him into submission.

Cavill himself seemed to hint at his character’s return with an August 2016 photo he posted on Instagram featuring a zoomed-in look at a black-and-gray logo with a striking resemblance to the costume Superman wore when he was resurrected in the pages of his DC Comics series.

Although he’s conspicuously absent from many reports on the film’s featured cast, Henry Cavill’s Superman is also expected to be resurrected in some form — much as he’s done time and time again in the comics — after dying in Batman V. Superman. This time around, however, he’ll likely be assisting Batman instead of trying to beat him into submission.

Cavill himself seemed to hint at his character’s return with an August 2016 photo he posted on Instagram featuring a zoomed-in look at a black-and-gray logo with a striking resemblance to the costume Superman wore when he was resurrected in the pages of his DC Comics series.

Although his casting has yet to be officially confirmed by the studio, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds is reported to be playing Steppenwolf, but it will likely be a performance-capture role for the CGI character.

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Also expected to return for Justice league Streaming is the aforementioned Lex Luthor, who will once again be portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg. Lex was last seen spouting prophecies of doom from inside a prison cell at the end of Batman V. Superman, so there’s a good chance he’ll find his way out and ally himself with Steppenwolf (at least temporarily), given the contents of the famed Batman V. Superman deleted scene.

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Other DC Comics villains are also expected to appear in cameo roles at various points during the film, according to widespread (but unconfirmed) rumors.

As for Darkseid himself, the ultimate evil force in the DC Comics universe, there’s no word yet on whether he’ll make an appearance in the film ahead of what will likely be a cosmic showdown with the team down the road.

The new guys - Justice League Streaming

Although Justice league Streaming will provide the first featured roles for Ezra Miller’s Flash, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, all three characters debuted in Batman V. Superman, with Flash making a second appearance in Suicide Squad a few months later. That doesn’t mean the cast of Justice league Streaming will be all familiar faces, though.

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Among the newcomers to Warner Bros. Pictures’ superhero movie-verse will be Oscar-winning actor J. K. Simmons as James Gordon, the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department and an ally of Batman in his fight against crime. Simmons was confirmed for the role in March 2016, and is the latest in a long line of celebrated actors to portray the character — a history that includes a memorable performance by Gary Oldman as Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

Also joining the DC Comics live-action superhero universe is two-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Platoon) in the role of Nuidis Vulko, chief advisor to Aquaman.

Simmons and Dafoe’s characters will be joined by some comic-book royalty in Mera, the queen of Atlantis, (played by Amber Heard) and Queen Hippolyta (Gladiator’s Connie Nielsen), the leader of the Amazons and Wonder Woman’s mother. Zack Snyder posted a photo of Heard in costume in October 2016, offering the first look at the water-manipulating Atlantean noblewoman.

Dope and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising actress Kiersey Clemons will also appear in the film as Iris West, the love interest of Miller’s Flash.

With so many new characters on the side of the heroes, it stands to reason that the film will introduce a few newcomers with more questionable morals. For now, Steppenwolf appears to be the most prominent of the villains making their debut in Justice league Streaming.

More fun, less angst - Justice League Streaming

After enduring widespread criticism of the excessively dark, dour, and (some argued) depressing tones of Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman, Warner Bros. Pictures and franchise architect Zack Snyder responded by insisting that Justice league Streaming will skew a little lighter — specifically, with more humor — than the first two films in the series.

The first official teaser for the film — which premiered during 2016’s Comic-Con International in San Diego — appeared to confirm that Justice league Streaming should be a lighter, less moody take on DC Comics’ live-action superheroes. The preview featured Batman and Wonder Woman engaging in a bit of witty banter, as well as a scene that suggests The Flash will be a comedic focal point in the film.

While it remains to be seen whether the footage was a sample of the film’s humor or the entirety of it, Justice league Streaming already appears to have a noticeably different tone than its predecessors.

The visuals - Justice League Streaming

Fans’ very first glimpse at Justice league Streaming arrived via social media, with Snyder posting a photo in February 2016 alongside Aquaman actor Jason Momoa from the film set. Although Momoa doesn’t appear in costume in the photo, the costumes for The Flash and Amber Heard’s Mera can be seen in the background.

That sneak peek at some of the characters’ costumes was followed a month later by the heralded footage at San Diego’s Comic-Con, which offered a much clearer — and more certain — look at how Batman, The Flash, and the rest of the team will look in Justice league Streaming, along with the first trailer for Wonder Woman.

Snyder later offered up even more footage — including some behind-the-scenes clips — in a “Sizzle Reel” he posted on Twitter in October 2016. The footage featured all of the core cast members except for Cavill’s Superman, leaving his return uncertain.

The studio then kicked off the new year in a big way by releasing an official, high-resolution image of the team lined up together and seemingly prepared for action, offering the clearest look so far at the five main Justice league Streaming cast members in costume.

The name game - Justice League Streaming

After initially flirting with a two-part title convention of Justice league Streaming — Part One and Justice league Streaming — Part Two for two of the team-based adventures, Warner Bros. Pictures eventually opted to drop the “Part One” and “Part Two” branding entirely, and officially dubbed the first chapter of the long-awaited film Justice league Streaming.

The new title became official when the studio released the first official logo for the movie in June 2016, featuring a visual style that calls back to the team’s classic comic-book origins, with a star embedded in the middle of the title.

In October 2016, the studio officially pushed back the second Justice league Streaming movie to make room for an upcoming Batman solo movie, and later removed it from the calendar entirely.

The timeline - Justice League Streaming

Instead of a two-film arc — in the same way Marvel Studios is handling its Avengers: Infinity War films — Justice league Streaming is now envisioned as a single story within the DC Comics “Extended Universe” series.

Although Justice league Streaming is set after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Wonder Woman solo movie will arrive in theaters before Justice league Streaming. However, Wonder Woman serves as an origin story for Gal Gadot’s superheroine character, and is set during World War I, decades before the events of any of the studio’s other superhero movies so far. It pays to be Amazonian.

Following the release of Justice league Streaming, Ezra Miller will star in The Flash solo movie in March 2018. That will be followed by a still-unidentified movie in July 2018, which is widely expected to be Ben Affleck’s Batman solo movie. An Aquaman solo movie is then scheduled to premiere in October 2018.

With the exception of the Wonder Woman movie, it’s unknown where any of the other upcoming solo movies will be set in the series’ timeline, or whether they’ll be origin stories or adventures that spin out of the events of Justice league Streaming.

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