The Justice League film that will be released soon is one of the biggest and most anticipated films this year!
Make Way for the Justice League
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The greatest team in DC history is here! Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman from the iconic DC Trinity. Add a mixture of lightning-fast Flash, a mechanical cyborg and the king of Atlantis and you have the Justice League! They are probably the strongest super-hero team in comics today! After the events of Man of Steel and Batman V Superman, the team will finally be formed to take on the gravest threats that the planet will face. Get ready for the Justice League!
Did you know that the League has existed for almost over 50 years now? Yes! Superman was actually a creation during the World War 2 era. The United States was in dire need of inspiration and heroism during the war. This is also the time that Captain America was launched by Marvel as well. Both heroes would symbolize American values and patriotism and the fight against Hitler and Nazism.
Other heroes followed the creation of Superman. Batman and Wonder Woman were some of the more prominent heroes of the time. They would later be joined together to form what we know now as the Justice League! It is amazing to see how far these heroes have come. Clark, Bruce, and Diana were all just ideas and ideals that were meant to symbolize the beliefs of the writers. These characters have lived full and long lives in the pages of comic strips, the scenes in cartoons, levels in video games, and now they are in a full motion-picture movie!
Who Are the Core Members of the Justice League?
Name: Kal-El / Clark Kent / Son of Krypton / Man of Steel / etc.
Origin / Location: Krypton, Metropolis / Kansas / Fortress of Solitude
Powers & Abilities: Invulnerability, Flight, Strength, Heat Vision, Frost Breath
Superman is probably the most famous superhero of all time. The name says it all. He is a pattern for all the heroes that followed after him. Clark Kent is the mild-mannered alter-ego of the Man of Steel. We saw him fall at the hands of Doomsday in Batman V Superman. Will he be resurrected in time to save us from the villains in Justice League?
Name: Bruce Wayne, The Dark Knight, The Bat, etc.
Origin / Location: Gotham, Wayne Manor, The Batcave
Powers & Abilities: High-Level Intellect, Acute Investigative Skills, Expert-Level IT Skills, Olympic-Level Strength and Agility, a high-tech array of gadgets, equipment, weapons, and vehicles.
There is only one Batman! Ben Affleck channeled a darker and angrier Batman in Batman V Superman. We saw him buff up and train hard to take on Superman. But in the end, Bruce decided to follow Clark’s legacy and lead the fight to defend the world. In the trailers, he is the one going all over the world to recruit the Justice League. It is up to him to lead this team against the dark forces that are coming.
Name: Diana, Princess Diana, Goddess, etc
Origin / Location: Themyscira
Powers & Abilities: Divine Empowerment through Strength, Speed, Agility, and Flight. Divine Weapons such as the Golden Lasso and Bracelets
Wonder Woman was a treasure at the box office. Gal Gadot played Diana to perfection and we all saw a glimpse of a true superheroine. She appeared many times in the Justice League trailers. It seems she will play a vital role beside Bruce Wayne in the formation of the team. Could this lead to a potential romance between the two? They will surely make a great match for each other! The goddess and the Bat!
Name: Barry Allen, Scarlet Speedster
Origin / Location: Central City
Powers & Abilities: Speed Force enhances speed, agility, reflexes, and possible Time Travel
Barry Allen is the Flash! We first saw Ezra Miller’s Flash in Batman V Superman. The Flash is known as the comic anchor of the Justice League. Watch out for his quirky remarks and witty jokes. He will play a vital role in using the Speed Force to fend off the threats that will come their way in Justice League!
Name: Arthur Curry, King of Atlantis
Origin / Location: Atlantis
Powers & Abilities: Atlantean genetics provide strength, durability, and increases overall performance underwater. Communication with undersea creatures. Weaponry includes a Mystical Trident.
Aquaman was one of the first members of the Justice League that we saw in the trailer. Bruce Wayne was looking for a stranger who came in with the king tide. We later see him exchanging words with Arthur Curry whom we will later find out to be Aquaman! He serves as the brute force of the League and provides a rough brashness and aggression that the team needs. It also helps that he is the ruler of an entire undersea kingdom. Plus Amber Heard as his beautiful queen Mera!
Name: Victor Stone
Origin / Location: Detroit
Powers & Abilities: Mechanized functions increases strength and durability and provides flight. Weapons provide energy projection. Access to many kinds of tech and weaponry.
Half-man and half-robot…all hero! Cyborg is the League’s walking tank! He is armed to the teeth and gives a technological edge to the team. Maybe he and Batman can work hand in hand to invent a device crucial to the team’s success in their fight against Steppenwolf!
Some Things You Might Want to Know About The Justice League!
The Movie changed Directors
Zack Snyder originally helmed the film. He was also the director of Man of Steel. But after a personal and family issue, he gave over the reins to Joss Whedon. Joss Whedon finished the last few scenes of principal photography and editing. Both are great directors and they have real love for the comic book genre. We are hoping for the best!
Thor VS the Justice League
Two of the biggest movies to be released this year are going head to head! Marvel Studios has just released Thor: Ragnarok. The success and acclaim for the latest Marvel film are huge and they are racking it up in the box-office sales department. Justice League will debut the next month! Will it fare as well? The film looks great in the trailers. The critics and viewers saw Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. The films received much negative flak for being too dark and not a whole lot of fun. Wonder Woman as a massive hit for the studio, will Justice League be the same?
The Death of Superman was one of the biggest and largest-selling comic books of all time. The material was used as inspiration for Batman V Superman. We see Clark fall at the hands of Doomsday by the end of the film. He was buried in Kansas by Martha and Lois. A shot of his coffin underground was shown by the end credits. Will he rise again? Justice League is debuting on the exact same date that the comic book was released 25 years ago. This is appropriate as we all know by now that death could never hold Superman and we wish to see him back in action soon!
From Marvel to DC
I hope you have seen the movie trailers by now. Did you recognize the actor playing Commissioner Gordon? Yep! That is J.K Simmons! This accomplished actor is well-known to comic-book fans as the loud editor of the Daily Bugle J. Jonah Jameson in the first Spiderman movies! He has now jumped ship and moved to DC to play the supportive friend of Batman in Justice League!
You might also see Wilem Dafoe in the movie. Do you remember him and his character in the original Spiderman films? He played the big bad villain Green Goblin! Now you can see Wilem Dafoe as a friend and ally of the Justice League named Vulko!
The movie took quite a while to finish because of the busy schedules of some of the actors! Henry Cavill a.k.a. Superman was shooting scenes for Mission Impossible 6. Ezra Miller who plays the Flash was also filming the next Harry Potter inspired Fanatstic Beasts movie. Aquaman was shooting for his own DC solo movie so Jason Momoa was also in hot water. We are glad that they all fixed their schedules to finally make the film!
You might have seen some news about Ben Affleck as Batman recently. These news items seem to say that there is trouble brewing in the future of Ben Affleck and Batman. There were reports that circumstances made Affleck leave as the director of the planned Batman film. He still seems to be the lead actor and will continue to play Batman, but that can still change as well. Affleck is an Academy Award winner and a veteran actor. Affleck can prove that he can still wear the mantle of the Bat if Justice League movie is successful.
Wonder Woman Paved the Way for the Future
Man of Steel was violent and destructive. Superman actually killed someone there! The movie was supposed to be the staging point for the CD Extended Universe in films. It did not start out well. Critics blasted Batman V Superman for being dark and overzealous. No one can forget about that crucial ‘Martha’ scene’ that totally took everyone by surprise. Fans were excited to see their favorite DC Trinity heroes unite on film. After watching the lengthy movie, many were disappointed and confused. Suicide Squad did not seem to help. The film had lots of star power but lacked cohesion and direction. It was a very expensive and detailed filler for the DCEU. Things were on a slippery slope.
Marvel had already released at least a dozen films. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was well on its way to Phase 4. They had multiple blockbuster hits. Marvel Studios had a grip on the superhero movie wheel. Marvel put The Avengers, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spiderman ahead of the pack.
Enter Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The film was a box-office milestone. Fans loved it. Critics praised it. My parents watched it twice! Wonder Woman was truly a wonder. Gal Gadot’s stellar looks and performance rescued the DCEU from possible obscurity. The film was action-packed, funny, and inspiring. It was everything movie watchers were looking for. They did things right. Let us hope they can carry on with Justice League and the future films.
More DC to Come
The DC Extended Universe is not over yet! The Flash will get his own solo-speedy movie. Aquaman has already begun shooting and Jason Momoa is busy with filming! The solo Batman film has hit some rough patches with the director situation but will surely be underway. Fans are clamoring for a Wonder Woman sequel. And the success of Justice League will let us know if Cyborg will be having his own origin story!
Anyone up for a sequel to Man of Steel? I know I am.
We are all winners in this age of superhero movies. All our dreams are coming true as we see our favorite comic book characters leap and fly to the big screen. We only used to read the comics or watch the cartoons. The studios give us just what we want! Please keep them coming! I love my superhero movies! Marvel or DC, the fans are the real winners here for sure!
What is next for DC? And where in the world is Green Lantern? Any answers out there from our #Eventurers?