SDCC ’17: New JUSTICE LEAGUE Reveals Steppenwolf, Charging Amazons And More

Warner Brothers capped off their Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic Con with the expected new trailer for their upcoming Justice League film. But just because everyone had a feeling it would debut here doesn’t mean that it didn’t deliver and perhaps even exceed expectations in its four minutes run time. The trailer starts off with a nice Wonder Woman segment, an understandable move given that her own solo film has been one of the biggest hits of the summer. The trailer also gives the rest of the heroes some solo spotlight before showing them working together as a team, probably from later in the film.

The trailer also gave us our first real look at the film’s villain, the New God Steppenwolf. We see him arrive on the Amazonian island of Themyscira via what is probably the film franchise’s version of a Boom Tube. (If you’re kid of lost at this point, I suggest you go and check out some of Jack Kirby’s amazing New Gods stories that he created for DC Comics in the 1970s. It looks as if the film will be drawing strongly from that work.) We also get glimpses of what looks like Amazons charging on horseback, some underwater action with Aquaman in what may be Atlantis and some time with Batman supporting characters Alfred and Commissioner Gordon.

Most interestingly, the trailer has the lightest tone we’ve seen yet for the film. Is it an influence of director Joss Whedon, who has come in on the film to finish things off after Zack Snyder had to step aside to attend to a family matter? Maybe a bit, but do remember that much of what we’ve seen released from before Whedon’s involvement also had a lighter tone than Snyder’s previous DCEU installments – Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Here’s the studio 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.

Justice League opens November 17th.

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