Film / Justice League (2017)
aka: Justice League

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Bruce Wayne: I'm putting together a team. People with special abilities. See, I believe enemies are coming...
Barry Allen: Stop right there... I'm in!
Bruce: You are? Just like that?
Barry: Yeah, I... I need friends.

The long awaited film adaptation of the most famous Super Team in the history of DC Comics, directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio. It is the fifth film set in the DC Extended Universe, due to release on November 17, 2017.

With a restored faith in humanity following the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne, A.K.A. the Batman, must join forces with Diana Prince (A.K.A Wonder Woman) to recruit three other superpowered metahumans to form the Justice League, not only in an effort to preserve truth, justice, and the American Way, but also to protect the Earth from a new enemy known as Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. But to even stand a chance against a threat from beyond the stars, there's still the matter of the return of the one who started it all after his seeming demise.

A teaser with original footage (released while the movie was still filming) was premiered at the 2016 Comic Con. A sizzle reel was released following the film wrapping principle photography.

Its confirmed cast includes:

Justice League contain examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Distillation: The film's plot can generally be described as a mix between the New 52 origin of the Justice League and The Return of Superman.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Aquaman is very blonde in the comics, Jason Momoa retains his dark hair but with blonde streaks resembling sun or water damage. Similarly, Barry Allen is blonde or has light brown hair in the comics, but has dark brown hair here.
  • Adapted Out: Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter, traditionally founding members of the Justice League in the comics and most other adaptations, will not appear in the movie in order to place greater emphasis on the founding members present in the movie. Green Lantern is confirmed to appear at a later time in the setting with Green Lantern Corps.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Following the trend set by the New 52, Cyborg is one of the founders of the League. He is the only member of the League who was included even before having his own solo series (one premiered in 2015), being more of a roaming character between different comics, teams and limited runs.
    • Similarly, Steppenwolf is a prominent character in the New Gods mythology but has had little exposure anywhere else. In the DCAU he had a couple of lines total, and in the general comics his most prominent story was an arc in the Earth-2 comics (an Alternate Universe to the main DCU) post New 52, which is likely the inspiration for using him in this film.
  • Ascended Fanboy: When Bruce throws a batarang at him you can see the look on Barry's face in Bullet Time as he realizes he is talking with Batman. He also wants to keep the batarang as a souvenir.
  • The Atoner: Batman is distraught over his poor moral choices in Dawn of Justice, and is pushing forward with the Justice League in order to fix that. Unusually, this results in a friendlier and more idealistic Batman.
  • Avengers Assemble: Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg join forces with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
  • Back from the Dead: Superman will somehow get out of his "healing coma" and returns to lead the Justice League.
  • Badass Beard: Aquaman, certainly. But Bruce is also sporting an impressive beard when he goes out to recruit him.
  • Badass Normal: Batman, of course. But following the story of Dawn of Justice, he actually forms the League because he is completely aware that he is outmatched with the kinds of threats that are coming. So he continues to upgrade his arsenal with new vehicles, gadgets and Powered Armor.
  • Big Bad: Steppenwolf is this, and as a scene from the Ultimate Edition of Dawn of Justice reveals, Lex Luthor is in contact with him.
  • Body Horror: Cyborg is mostly machine, as he is constantly facing the threat that Cybernetics Will Eat Your Soul.
  • But He Sounds Handsome: According to previews, Barry tries to play off the footage of him Bruce saw as just another long-haired attractive boy.
  • Call to Adventure: The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman are on the receiving end of this.
  • Clothing Damage: Not only will Wonder Woman wear a brighter costume, it'll also be battle damaged.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: The Trope Namer is set to appear, ironically played by an actor who, in one of his best known roles, played a guy who hates superheroes.
  • Composite Character: The Flash is named Barry Allen, but his social awkwardness and Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! personality is closer to Impulse (aka, the fourth Flash).
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Barry's attempt to explain the footage of him Bruce saw is cut short by Bruce throwing a batarang at him. Barry instinctively dodges at super-speed.
  • Death Is Cheap: C'mon, did anyone really think that Superman was going to stay dead for a franchise he headlines (along with Batman)?
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Bruce manages to find Arthur Curry, and ends up being lifted off the ground and slammed against the wall just for asking questions (having video evidence of what he can do, he knows how powerful he is). He still ends up saying "I hear you can talk to fish" to him in a playful, slightly mocking, tone.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The tactical suit used by Batman in the film's climax was first seen being tested on by Alfred in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Superman will return and will lead the Justice League; the promotional material for the movie does not make any attempt to hide this. The question is when, where, how, and why that will happen.
  • Good Samaritan: Aquaman provides a certain coastal village with fish every winter, which is how Bruce finds him.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Steppenwolf himself answers to Darkseid who will cameo at the start and end.
  • I Can't Do This by Myself: Bruce has reason to believe Earth is about to face a threat even greater than Zod, and immediately scrambles to find people powerful enough to stop it.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Barry's suit is apparently 3-D printed so that it conforms specifically to his body, and is made of cutting edge material to help him better handle the side effects of his powers. The production noted that the costume was made up of 148 pieces, which was actually not that difficult to put on as each piece snapped together easily.
  • Jumped at the Call: The Flash immediately agrees to join Batman's team because he wants friends.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Superman is out of commission, but he's Not Quite Dead, and he'll be returning in this movie.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Bruce reminds the audience why Aquaman isn't as beloved as his other teammates...
    Bruce: So... Arthur Curry. I heard you can talk to fish.
  • Lighter and Softer: Writer Chris Terrio describes the movie as being this in comparison to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which itself was Darker and Edgier than Man of Steel. In general, the movie is said to be more hopeful, humorous, and heartfelt than the other two movies Zack Snyder directed, and will feature a less complicated plot with a greater amount of action.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Aside from the six heroes and their primary opponent, Steppenwolf, there's Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, and major supporting characters from the comics Lois Lane, Martha Kent, Commissioner Gordon, Mera, Iris West, Alfred, Vulko.
  • MacGuffin: The humans, Amazonians, and Atlanteans each have a Mother Box from a conflict with Apokalips long ago. They possess a multitude of mystical abilities, including the creation of portals connecting Earth and Apokalips. One was glimpsed briefly in BVS, as it is tied in with the origin of Cyborg. The conflict of the movie involves Steppenwolf coming back to Earth looking for them.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Snyder likens the story to this trope. Coincidentally, the font for the logo is similar to that of the Magnificent Seven remake coming 2016.
  • Movie Multipack: Ultimately Jossed. It was previously reported that this would be two movies based on a single screenplay by Terrio, scheduled for 2017 and 2019. They were explicitly labeled as Justice League: Part One and Justice League: Part Two rather than two movies with entirely different subtitles. But in June 2016 it was clarified that the 2017 movie will be a standalone movie simply titled Justice League, while the 2019 sequel (tentatively named Justice League 2) will be standalone as well, not "the second half" of the first one.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Batman has a new costume that is very similar to the one in BVS but is more of a uniform black instead of a gray suit with a black cape and cowl. Aquaman's battle armor is certainly darker than normal, but manages to retain its' gold and green color scheme. Flash's costume is primarily bright red armor but has a black undersuit that shows through between the segmented pieces. Cyborg has an emphasis on his dark silver armor with glowing red eyes, while in the comics he typically has some blue highlights. Superman will also be wearing a black costume for a portion of the film. In an inversion, Superman's traditional costume and Wonder Woman's costumes are brighter than they were in BVS.
  • No, Except Yes: In reference to Bruce trying to recruit Arthur Curry.
    Diana: He said he'll fight with us?
    Bruce: More or less.
    Diana: More 'more' or more 'less'.
    Bruce: Probably more less.
    Diana: He said 'no'?
    Bruce: He said no.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The Flash fills this role, being actually excited to save the world and adding an air of optimism to the movie.
  • Posthumous Character: Superman, except... not quite. He's not actually dead, but he's in a comatose state. However, none of the other characters know this, meaning the trope is effectively in play as his impact on the world he left behind is very clearly felt, and how it will change upon his return is anyone's guess.
  • Race Lift: Iris West as played by Kiersey Clemons, following the lead of The Flash (2014).
  • Red Is Heroic: Many of the League have red elements. Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Superman wear red as at least part of their costumes, and Cyborg has his usual red eye and chest-light.
  • Refusal of the Call:
    • Completely averted with Flash, who gladly accepts Bruce's proposal without even asking questions, mainly because he needs friends.
    • Cyborg declines to join the other heroes at first, but changes his mind when his scientist father (of STAR Labs) is kidnapped by the Parademons.
    • Aquaman outright rejects membership when Bruce comes knocking.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: The Flash's initial costume is very much kit-bashed together. Batman helps him put together something more form fitting and efficient.
  • Serkis Folk: Cyborg is primarily CG. Ray Fisher wore a motion capture suit on set, while still wearing some physical prosthetics for his head, glowing red eye and chest piece.
  • Shout-Out: Batman's "tactical suit" includes goggles, looking rather similar to Nite Owl from Snyder's own Watchmen, who was something of a Batman expy to begin with.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Bruce addresses a crowd in a remote tavern by relating a local legend of a man who shows up "on the king tide" and brings fish to help feed the village. As it turns out, he was tracking Aquaman. Similarly, Cyborg mentions he didn't think Batman was real, and Batman replies "I'm real when it's useful."
  • Sixth Ranger: Superman will be the last person to join the team due to recovering from his state of near-death.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Wonder Woman is the only female member of the Justice League in that universe by this point.
  • The Stinger: According to Zack Snyder, the Steppenwolf scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that ultimately was deleted was meant to serve as one in that movie to lead into this movie, but it was taken out due to it taking place earlier from a chronological standpoint, and to avoid accusations that they were copying Marvel. It was instead released online while the movie was still in theaters as a way of standing apart.
  • Take Up My Sword: Batman and Wonder Woman form the Justice League following Superman's death, inspired by his heroism. Luckily for them, Superman is Only Mostly Dead and will be coming Back from the Dead to help them, even if they don't know it at the time.
  • Tank Goodness: A new Batman vehicle called the Nightcrawler features prominently, with modular legs allowing it more versatile terrain climbing. Apparently it was based on a prototype designed by Thomas Wayne.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Being Not Good with People, Batman is not the best person to get everyone working together. Cyborg and Aquaman have their own issues and concerns. Lucky for him Wonder Woman is already on his side and Flash Jumped at the Call.
  • The Team Normal: Batman is the only member without any powers, having to "make do" with martial arts training, technology, his intellect, and billions of dollars.
  • Time Skip: About a year has passed since the apparent Heroic Sacrifice of Superman.
  • Truer to the Text: The movie Flash operates solo prior to joining the League, whereas the TV version has "Team Flash" to help him. His costume is also more of a true red (he is nicknamed the scarlet speedster), instead of the maroon/burgundy suit in the series.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Commissioner Gordon is a vital element of the Batman comics, but is pretty much non-existent in Justice League comics because of the larger scale. Here he is one of the major allies of the League, and there to see its formation.
    • Steppenwolf being the Big Bad in Darkseid's place came across as surprising to a lot of people. Ultimately, it would appear that DC doesn't want to blow their most infamous villain in the first Justice League movie, which is why another New Gods villain was used in his place - but even then, Steppenwolf is hardly the most popular antagonist from that series.
    • The test footage showing Deathstroke walking onto the set came out of left field, particularly due to the movie's plot revolving around an alien invasion.
  • Walking Spoiler: A rather odd case in Superman. The marketing team has made it absolutely no secret that he'll be a part of the movie (and neither has the director, though he's also tried to play it off as an Ambiguous Situation), even after the character's death was shown in Dawn of Justice. The trailer released makes it clear that he won't return until a good portion into the story: the spoiler-y part, of course, is how he comes back, when that happens, and what impact it will have on the story.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Traditionally, Batman is the most reluctant to join the League, being the most secretive member, with Superman being the man who forms the league. Here Batman steps in as the recruiter and head-hunter for the League, mostly because his most recent film and cross-media adaptations have been way more successful commercially.


Alternative Title(s): Justice League

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