Diana Prince: They said the age of heroes would never come again.Justice League is the long awaited film adaptation of the Justice League, the iconic DC Comics Super Team. Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio with additional post-production material handled by Joss Whedon, 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 an alliance 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 is 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 San Diego Comic Con. A sizzle reel was released following the film wrapping principal photography. The first official trailer can be seen here and the 2017 San Diego Comic Con trailer can be seen here.
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- Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill)
- Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck)
- Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot)
- Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa)
- The Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller)
- Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher)
- Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds)
- Lois Lane (Amy Adams)
- Mera (Amber Heard)
- Iris West (Kiersey Clemons)
- Commissioner James Gordon (J. K. Simmons)
- Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons)
- Martha Kent (Diane Lane)
- Nuidis Vulko (Willem Dafoe)
- Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg)
- Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen)
- Silas Stone (Joe Morton)
- Henry Allen (Billy Crudup)
- Michael McElhatton is also confirmed to appear in the film in a yet undisclosed role.
Justice League contain examples of the following tropes:
- Absentee Actor: Some characters who appeared in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won't show up in this film.
- Among the Daily Planet staff (if any scene happens at the Planet at all), Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) and Jenny Jurwich (Rebecca Buller) won't appear in the movie. Fishburne had a schedule conflict at the time the movie was filmed.
- About the US military, Secretary of State Calvin Swanwick (Harry Lennix) and Major Carrie Farris (Christina Wren) won't appear either.
- Adaptation Distillation: The film's plot can generally be described as a mix between the New 52 origin of the Justice League (formed to combat an Apokoliptan Invasion), The Return of Superman with some elements from the DCAU namely Flash's status as The Heart and comic relief of the team.
- 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 Ezra Miller's 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 who are present. While Green Lantern is confirmed to appear at a later time in the setting with Green Lantern Corps, Martian Manhunter's role is yet to be known.
- Steppenwolf specifically mentions Earth's lack of a Lantern as one reason the planet will be easy pickings.
- Art Evolution: The movie switches between the Color Wash used in prior films and a more vibrant color scheme.
- 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.
- Ascended Meme: Barry asks Batman what his superpower is. Batman's reply: "I'm rich.◊"
- 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. This results in a friendlier and more idealistic Batman.
- Avengers Assemble: Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg join forces with Batman and Wonder Woman. Then Superman comes back from the dead and joins them.
- 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.Barry Allen: What are your superpowers again?
Bruce Wayne: I'm rich.
- Bank Robbery: Wonder Woman is seen thwarting one.
- 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.
- Big Badass Battle Sequence: A massive, The Lord of the Rings-style battle sequence occurs. What sets it apart from such films is the presence of Amazons and Atlanteans fighting against Apokoliptan parademons and hover tanks.
- Big Good: Superman is still seen as the greatest of all the heroes, the fallout of his death in BVS remains tangible. Steppenwolf mentions that without him the world is defenseless.
- Body Horror: Cyborg is mostly machine, as he is constantly facing the threat that Cybernetics Will Eat Your Soul. The Parademons are already too far gone for their souls to still be a thing.
- ...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.
- By "No", I Mean "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.
- Call to Adventure: The Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman are on the receiving end of this.
- Chest Insignia: The posters emphasize the icon that each character wears on their costume, although with Wonder Woman and Aquaman theirs are on their belts (amusingly, Batman's poster made people think the silver bat symbol was an actual new costume).
- Clothing Damage: Not only will Wonder Woman wear a brighter costume, it'll also be battle damaged.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Averted. Arthur Curry and Bruce Wayne are referred to as "the Aquaman" and "the Batman", respectively. Diana also calls Victor "a cyborg"...because he is one. Whether he'll take it as a codename remains to be seen.
- 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 his grandson Impulse (aka, the fourth Flash) and his status as the comic relief and Kid Hero of the team is from the DCAU version of Wally West.
- Conveniently Empty Building: Some major action sequences take place in an abandoned town, allowing for wide-scale destruction without worry about collateral damage.
- Cover-Blowing Superpower: Bruce deliberately blows his cover to blow the cover off Barry's. His attempt to explain the footage of him Bruce saw is cut short by Bruce throwing a batarang right at his head. Barry instinctively dodges at super-speed.
- Creepy Monotone: Cyborg speaks like this for the most part, but softens up at other points.
- Crimefighting with Cash: When Barry asks Bruce what his super-powers are, Bruce simply replies, "I'm rich".
- 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.
- Epic Movie: Not quite as massive as the upcoming 2018 movie from the other comic book movie universe since the DCEU is comparatively younger and has less characters yet, but it's still deemed to be the biggest film to be based on DC Comics properties yet.
- The Face: Wonder Woman has a natural empathy that makes her better positioned to be the team leader and get everyone on the same level. Batman lucked out with finding Flash, but nearly got into a fight while recruiting Aquaman.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Because he is so fast the slightest movement has major impact, so Flash often finds himself doing precision actions just by tapping something with his fingertips, including helping Diana get her sword back.
- 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.
- Hypocritical Humor: When meeting with Commissioner Gordon, the team pull a Stealth Hi/Bye with his back turned, a Batman tradition, except Flash also didn't realize they stepped away and was standing there alone. He comments on how rude it is to just vanish like that, and then does the same thing with a Flash Step.
- 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.
- Inspirational Martyr: Superman is the primary motivation to form the League, as more specifically Batman is trying to live up to the ideal that Superman set. They even say that Superman did more than just rescue people, but he inspired others to be better.
- Jumped at the Call: The Flash immediately agrees to join Batman's team because he wants friends.
- Large and in Charge: Steppenwolf towers over everyone by at least a couple of feet.
- 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: Arthur Curry. I heard you can talk to fish.
- Also, Jim Gordon echoes the utter exhaustion the audience has for "superhero fights against another superhero" plots:Comissioner Gordon: [to Batman] It's good to see you playing well with others again.
- However, it could also be a reference to how Batman's previous cinematic incarnations had him in stand-alone continuities where no other heroes unrelated to his comics exist. In the Burton-Schumacher movies, Batman was assisted by Robin and Batgirl. In The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman was on his own. DCEU!Batman, however, breaks from that as he exists in a Shared Universe with other heroes, whether they are associated with him or not.
- Bruce reminds the audience why Aquaman isn't as beloved as his other teammates...
- 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. The posters even reflect this, with MOS and BVS posters generally being very serious, featuring things like Superman in handcuffs or the characters ready to fight in a warzone, the Justice League posters are more straightforward and feature the characters standing on a mountaintop with the sun rising behind them.
- 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 such as Lois Lane, Martha Kent, Commissioner Gordon, Queen Hippolyta, Mera, Iris West, Henry Allen, Alfred Pennyworth, and Nuidis Vulko.
- MacGuffin: The humans, Amazons, 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 Batman v Superman, as it is tied in with the origin of Cyborg. Representations of three of them were shown to Lex Luthor when he was communicating with Steppenwolf before he was captured by Federal forces in the Doomsday aftermath. 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 released in 2016.
- Mook: Parademons, armored and sometimes Winged Humanoid shock troopers of Darkseid. They blend the line into being Mecha Mooks, being genetically modified using Apokoliptan technology.
- More Dakka: At least two more guns have been added to the Batmobile. It is undoubtedly useful against the Parademon invasion.
- 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: Aquaman's battle armor is certainly darker than in the comics, 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, but in his case, he did have a black costume at one point in the comics. In an inversion, Superman's traditional costume and Wonder Woman's costumes are brighter than they were in Batman v Superman.
- Mythology Gag:
- Barry putting his hand on the glass of the parlor and his father doing the same. It mirrors a similar gesture from the Flash CW series.
- At one point, Alfred says that he misses the days where all Batman had to worry about was "exploding wind-up penguins", a nod to one of Batman's most iconic rogues, the Penguin.
- The film's Comic Con poster (pictured above) is visually inspired by the works of famed comic book artist Alex Ross.
- New Meat: Flash is definitely the kid of the team. The other members are more seasoned in combat scenarios while he, in his own words, has "just pushed some people and run away."
- No-Sell: A bank robber hits Wonder Woman In the Back of her head with the butt of his rifle. To no effect, of course.
- Nothing Is the Same Anymore: As part of an evolution from Man of Steel, the existence of aliens, gods and magic have altered the world into something far more fantastical than where it started. Alfred even says "I don't recognize this world."
- Now It's My Turn: Batman is chased by Parademons shooting at him, then jumps into the Nightcrawler and shoots back at them.Batman: My turn!
- Outside Ride: Aquaman climbs on the Batmobile for a ride, then jumps on Parademons.
- 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 African-American actress Kiersey Clemons, following the lead of The Flash (2014).
- Aquaman is usually a blonde Caucasian man; Mamoa has a mixture of Caucasian, Native American and Native Hawaiian blood.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: In an interesting contrast to the comics, where the League was made of the greatest heroes, the best of the best, the movie shows that the Crapsack World has made them outcasts (Aquaman), cynics (Batman), untested (Flash), exiles (Wonder Woman) and freaks (Cyborg), and of them only Batman is a well known figure (and certainly not well-liked). Superman was controversial at times, but he made that leap as a public superhero and had an innate goodness that makes the rest of the team try to live up to his ideal. Part of their efforts to work as a team is a reminder that they are holding themselves back. Other adaptations play up some of their personal problems, but they were still well-established heroes before joining the League.
- 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. He also changes his mind when Steppenwolf attacks Atlantis.
- 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.
- 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.
- The posters for the movie have a very distinctive Alex Ross look to them; very heroic group shots with everyone looking the same direction with minimalist poses and expressions. Taken to the extreme in the posters released for Comic Con 2017, where it is nearly identical to several specific Ross paintings with Cyborg instead of Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter.
- 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."
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Superman doesn't appear in any of the teasers, likely to keep the nature of his resurrection a secret.
- 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.
- Spider Tank: One of the Nightcrawler's modes. One has to wonder what Kevin Smith must think of the presence of a Giant Mechanical Spider in a Superman movie, to say nothing of his friend Ben Affleck being the one piloting it.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Taken Up to Eleven when Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg all pulls this on Commissioner Gordon... at the same time. And The Flash is the only one who doesn’t and promptly hangs a lampshade on it.Flash: Oh wow! (Looks around in confusion) They really just vanished. (Beat) That's rude.
- 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.
- Technopath: Cyborg can interface with machinery on a nanotech level.
- 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.Gordon: It's good to see you playing well with others again.
Aquaman: (Sees Bruce in costume) Dressed like a bat? I dig it.
Batman: (to Gordon through gritted teeth) May be temporary.
- 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.
- Teleportation: The Boom Tube of a Mother Box is seen for the first time, when Steppenwolf teleports himself on Earth using the Mother Box the Amazons were guarding on Themyscira.
- 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.
- 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.
- Window Love: The second trailer shows Barry Allen visiting his father in prison, with their hands separated by the glass.
- 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 is the instigator of the league's formation, as part of his contrition for letting his cynicism blind him to Superman's true motive, and for his dread of the vague-yet-dire portents he's received. The Watsonian reason is that Superman is kinda-sorta dead right now. The Doylist reason is that people would be more inclined to say "Yes" to Superman, making it more interesting having Batman make the sales pitch. It helps too that Batman's film and cross-media adaptations have been more successful commercially.
- After the rousing success of Wonder Woman's solo movie (especially when compared to the negative critical response to past DCEU films), WB's been playing up her role in the marketing. She gets a Batman Cold Open to herself in the second trailer.
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together! Right now — Right now!
Come together! Right now — Right now!
Come together! Right now — Right now!
Come together! Right now — Right now!