After four and a half days powerless, the Killing Time home office is up and running again! The big geek news of the day centers around the ongoing drama (and impressive train wreck) that is Warner Brother efforts to bring the DCU to the big screen. Regardless of the lukewarm reception of Batman vs. Superman, the film made $850 million worldwide (not enough for WB to consider it a hit, but it’s not chump change). Next year will bring us a solo Wonder Woman film, and in November, the first installment of Justice League. Today, the film’s villain, synopsis, and new Batmobile were revealed and while the direction is ultimately what fans probably expect, the main antagonist next year isn’t going to be Darkseid. There’s no way to really discuss this without getting into spoilers from Batman vs. Superman, so if you’ve been waiting, bail now or deal with it.
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.
Directed by Zack Snyder, this marks the big screen debut of the Justice League, featuring an all-star lineup: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher.
So what exactly is the assault of cataclysmic proportions? The “Knightmare” scene in Batman vs. Superman showed us Parademons and the Omega sigil of Darkseid, leading most to think that is where Justice League is headed. Ultimately, we’re going to get to the DCU’s big bad, but your villain for next year is another member of Darkseid’s family from Apokolips: Steppenwolf. Not the band. This guy:
So it seems we’re going to slow boil to Darkseid through Jack Kirby’s New Gods characters that the JL often battle in the comics. Batman vs. Superman was, in my opinion, a hot pot of mess. It essentially tried to smush together Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” with the classic “Death of Superman” story. I think, generously, that it was tonally off-base and filled with whoppingly huge plot holes. So, yes, at the end of the film Superman is dead. There’s a spoiler. Given that Henry Cavil is listed as starring in this film though, death, obviously, is about as inconvenient to super heroes onscreen as it is in comics (it’s a bit like the flu, you get it, you get over it, etc.). Steppenwolf actually does appear in the film in a deleted scene that is going to be added to the R-Rated “Ultimate Edition” of the film that will hit video next month. It’s already been released, and I’m going to play it below. I think, it was a bad decision to cut this from the film as it shows how Lex Luthor (please God never again, Eisenberg) gets arrested and why he’s gibbering to Batman about something coming at the film’s end.
Yes, I know. Helpful information. In addition to the film’s synopsis and logo (which is pretty boilerplate), we got a look at the next iteration of the Batmobile. Batman and Ben Affleck were not the problem in BvS, and I did like his ride before Superman scrapped it. Here’s the upgrade.
Not too shabby. Similar to the BvS Batmobile. We’re also told that a suit upgrade will be coming for Batman at some point in the film, which, given that he has no actual powers, makes sense if he’s fighting in a team full of people who do. Batman in the Justice League always feels weird for me, because he’s not exactly a team player and he’s not really equipped to go toe-to-toe with the level of villains they normally tackle (though somehow he always does….because he’s Batman). So that is our latest peek into where Justice League is headed. DC recently did a very nice job righting their comic line after it had been floundering for years, so hopefully since Geoff Johns, the same guy who’s in charge of that movement has been made the creative head of the DCEU, we’ll see an uptick in quality when the film releases November 17, 2017.