Something rather significant happened in the film industry last Friday: the set of DC’s superhero team-up was visited by journalists. Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. Entertainment invited the media to Leavesden Studios where they were given a tour and a lot of details on the project.
Due to the nature of embargoes, we are only hearing about this recently, however, journalists were told that they could report anything they found out. As a result, we have a better idea of what we are going to get from the Justice League’s first outing on the big screen. I am going to go over just some of the details we now have, courtesy of reports from ScreenRant.
Possibly the biggest plot detail that came from the set visit is that the villain will be Steppenwolf. This was speculation for a while after a deleted scene emerged of the villain appearing to Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman. Luthor’s speech in the conclusion of that movie initially led a lot of people to believe that Darkseid would be the villain of Justice League. In reality, it is one of his lieutenants.
It makes sense that Warner Bros. are building up to Darkseid as he is essentially the main villain of the DC universe. A newly formed team that is just finding it’s feet would have no chance against the big bad. He will no doubt appear eventually given that one of his race is the antagonist, he could even cameo in this movie as the puppet master behind the scenes. That is just my own speculation though.
I reported some time ago that Willem Dafoe’s role in the movie is to be a good-guy associated with Aquaman and Atlantis. These rumours have been confirmed. Dafoe will play Nuidis Vulko, an integral figure in Aquaman’s life.
Speaking of Atlantis, some huge news that came out of Leavesden last week is that Kristopher Hivju has joined the cast. You may know him better by the name: Tormund Giantsbane. That’s right, from Game of Thrones. Hivju looks to have a fairly big role in Justice League as he is playing the Atlantean king, Atlan.
It will come as a shock to precisely nobody that Superman will be back in Justice League but WB executives did say something about that which could be significant. The method of Superman’s return is apparently a big part of the story. This probably means that he will be absent for a good portion of the movie, returning to make the save right when all appears to be lost. From what has been said about this I am guessing his return is nothing like the Kryptonian sleep-state in Death and Return of Superman. Meaning that it will be more dramatic than having a little nap and waking up at full strength with a hockey player mullet.
Arguably the most significant thing to come from this lump of new information is the official plot synopsis. This can be read below:
“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.”
From what I am hearing, Justice League is going to be a leap (over tall buildings) in the right direction. I made it no secret that I thought Batman v Superman had issues but it looks like Snyder and co. are trying to fix them. This new attitude to the media during production is definitely the correct approach. It reminds me of how J.J. Abrams ran the show during production of Star Wars VII. Abrams was secretive about plot spoilers but shared certain things with fans that he was excited about. This made the build-up fun and drummed up even more positivity for the movie. If anticipation for Justice League wasn’t high enough already, it just sky rocketed.