November 24, 2020

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JUSTICE LEAGUE trailer breakdown with Snyder

What can we learn from Zack Snyder's latest Justice League trailer?

The latest trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League was unleashed last night. While it offered a few additional scenes, the trailer pretty much stayed the same. Except now it won’t be taken down due to the use of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.

Alongside the trailer, fans were also able to listen to a Q&A hosted by Zack Snyder himself. So, what did we learn? Well, there is quite a lot to digest so we’re going to do our absolute best to work through all the key bits of information mentioned in Zack’s Q&A.

  • Darkseid was always intended to be in the flashback sequence. Darkseid was mo-capped by Affleck’s stunt double. At this point, Darkseid was looking for an Anti-Life Equation which actually had a physical form. The lava on the ground would need to be deciphered in order to activate the equation.
  • The Darkseid in the flashback sequence is very young and goes by Uxas. However, he is still incredibly strong. The only beings strong enough to face him at the point are the Old Gods who we see him fight against.
  • The shot from the future is full of cryptic messages according to Snyder. Apokolips tech and Armada can be seen in the background. The Joker card is the same card taped to Batman’s gun in Batman v Superman. The Omega Symbol also helps indicate where we are in relation to where Batman is in the Nightmare Sequence. There is also a portrait of Thomas Wayne among the rubble next to the Justice League sign.
  • Diana visits the Shrine of the Amazons to collect the Arrow of Artemis. On the shaft of the arrow are clues to Diana’s possible return to Themyscira and the location of the hidden building that lies before her. This likely leads to the shrine that shows a mural of Darkseid.
  • The fight between Uxas and the Old God takes place before Ares betrayal shown in Wonder Woman. So, Ares still killed the Old Gods.
  • The hanger where the Flying Fox is located is not the Bat Cave. It’s at Wayne Aerospace. The projection show to the League is being projected by Cyborg. He doesn’t trust the League enough to take them to the Bat Cave yet.
  • The scene focusing on Victor Stone playing Football against Wisconsin was developed by Snyder’s son Eli. He helped choreograph the scene as he was a quarterback. You can see Cyborg’s mum celebrating his victory, but where is Silas? There is an empty seat because Silas is busy working in the lab.
  • The shot of Superman emerging from the Scout Ship is a brilliant callback to Man of Steel when he tries his suit on for the first time. Zack doesn’t want to give too much away regarding this scene. There could be some more surprises in store. “I don’t wanna give too much more about this.”
  • How many Kryptonian people are on Earth other than Kal-El? “The easy answer is just Kal-El but that’s an open ended… I don’t know but a lot of people if you study Man of Steel and even in this film there’s reference to the open sleeping creche. When they walk by it on the scout ship when they’re bringing Superman’s body to bring it back to life. They’re walking through that same hallway which Kal-El walked through when he first came in to the scout ship and there’s a moment where he kind of wipes the dust of the sleeping creche with a shriveled Kryptonian inside.” Someone clearly got out of the open one and who that is remains a mystery Snyder says.
  • “The Doggy Daycare Sequence”: When Barry Allen applies for a job in a pet store an accident happens outside and that is when we see Iris. This is our first introduction to his use of the Speed Force “I didn’t like and I don’t like Barry being able to move people. I know people love that aspect of it but I don’t. I think it goes against physics.” Where are his shoes? The answer, says Snyder, is that when he goes into the speed force or starts to move, his shoes basically explode as they’re not ready for the force. It’s to show how he needs his suit. Snyder confirms there is no exploration of how Barry got his powers, but they do further explore the relationship with his father.
  • When Cyborg is digging up a grave, the angel statue that can be seen is from Watchmen and Sucker Punch.
  • Lois and Martha: “This was a set we built for BvS. We rebuilt it in England. We built it in Detroit and then we built it again in England.” It’s a scene about how you move on without the people you love most. Snyder now finds this incredibly poignant.
  • Desaad is a go-between between Steppenwolf and Darkseid. He’s the agent who Steppenwolf interacts with as part of his invasion of Earth. He offers us a lot of backstory to the relationship between Steppenwolf and Darkseid. “He’s scary” says Snyder.
  • Superman floating over Metropolis: He’s newly reborn here. Snyder specifically drew this shot (presumably in pre-vis) as he had a clear vision of the tiny figure floating up in the sky.
  • “This was the original design of Steppenwolf as you see in BvS.” says Snyder. The redesign was done as it was felt he was “a little too scary” and “a little too intense.” Snyder says he represents a real threat to the Justice League and the entire planet. This is nothing to him because he’s done it so many times before. “The fights he has with Wonder Woman and with Jason and the team at the end of the movie are just so fun to do.”
  • Is it Steppenwolf’s body? Or his armour? “It’s his armour” says Snyder. We may get scenes where you’ll see him peel it back. What does Steppenwolf look like without his armor?
  • Snyder says Steppenwolf’s armor is like a living organism of its own. It adapts and moves in a way to protect him and it’s like a character of its own in the movie.
  • Barry is able to elevate and change direction really quickly thanks to the speed force which is why in the shot where rocks are falling on people he’s able to appear like he’s flying.
  • Superman coming into direct conflict with Steppenwolf. “The impact is pretty intense. They do go at it a bit” says Snyder.
  • Alfred constructed special gauntlets for the Batsuit which is how we’re then able to see him deflect fire from Parademons.
  • We see Barry actually in the Speed Force. Snyder didn’t comment on what was going on. He is leaving it as a surprise but “It is what you see”.
  • Cyborg with missiles: he’s learning what is the potential of his powers. He doesn’t see security systems, firewalls etc. if it’s on a technological grid or platform he can just walk in and deal with it.
  • Flash “making his way through a psychedelic landscape. This is something you’re going to have to see in the movie.”
  • The New Batsuit: “he was trying to work on some armour because he knew he would be facing things he had never faced before. That kind of is the idea behind some of the upgrades he did to his Batsuit for this battle.” Snyder says for future battles he would have him return to the BvS suit.
  • What was your favourite shot you were able to put in this trailer? Snyder highlights the Batman on the gargoyle shot. He calls the trailer a cornucopia of fun stuff.
  • Are they a team? “It’s mostly a conflict between Aquaman and Cyborg. They have the main conflict in this scene. Aquaman doesn’t trust Cyborg, he thinks Cyborg is a little too similar to the Mother Box technology.” Snyder also says the team are suspicious of Vic because of what he knows about the mother box. “Us United” is our call sign, says Snyder.
  • Snyder says “we don’t have an exact date yet. But we will do soon.”
  • There is approximately 2.5hrs of unseen footage.

So, there you have it. We got a lot of new information so take your time to process it. What are you most excited to see in Snyder’s Justice League? Please let us know in the comments.

While there is no release date, we will be sure to let you know when you’ll be able to watch Snyder’s Justice League. For now, keep your eyes peeled.

Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Joining them are Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash.

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