Trailer: Unite the ‘Justice League’

Justice League - Batman and Aquaman cruising

A year to the day after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (a.k.a. We’re totally cramming Justice League nods in), there’s finally a proper trailer for Justice League – and we’re not talking a sizzle reel or anything like that.

This is something actually resembling a trailer, with rock songs aplenty (“The Hardest Button To Button” by The White Stripes and a hard rock cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together”) and hero shots galore. But one thing’s missing … I’ll let you check out the trailer first.

Well, besides at least 20% of the trailer (around 30 seconds) being a black screen or filled with text/logos, there’s no Superman. Even The Hollywood Reporter is wondering! And considering he was in SDCC promo posters for Justice League and also in Zack Snyder’s wrap video, it’s a gaping hole in the lineup. That is, of course, unless he comes back as a literal deus ex machina in the third act of the movie. You never know – since Lois Lane (Amy Adams) did appear for a split second. Apart from that, the trailer offered a few quick glimpses of the returning Dr. Silas Stone (Joe Morton), Barry Allen’s imprisoned dad Henry (Billy Crudup), Mera of Atlantis (Amber Heard), and Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons with a fitting mustache).

Justice League unite poster

If you haven’t been following the news over the last year or more, Justice League follows Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) as they unite a small team of metahumans (Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher)) to defeat Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) and his swarm of Parademons in his quest to retrieve the Mother Boxes (i.e., what turned Victor into Cyborg). And where there are Parademons, Darkseid isn’t far behind – which means the creative minds behind the DCEU have a plan to keep the franchise chugging along outside of the solo Batman, Flash, Aquaman, and Superman films.

There’s also an international trailer that has a few additional shots here and there, but doesn’t offer too much that’s different.

If judging by the trailer is the way to go (which it isn’t always true, since some films can have poorly cut or misleading trailers), then Justice League promises to be full of stylistic hero shots with fitting and driving rock songs … and Aquaman just might steal any scene he’s in. That’s my main takeaway. Jason Momoa is fitting as Aquaman, and I just want more.

Justice League hits theaters on November 11th in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D formats – or all the possible cash-grabbing ways for Warner Brothers and DC to rake in the big bucks. Zack Snyder is directing yet again with a script from Chris Terrio and a Junkie XL score. Also returning are Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Dope‘s Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta (from the upcoming Wonder Woman), and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko from the upcoming Aquaman solo film, among others.