The New “Justice League” Trailer Sends Some Mixed Messages
The new Justice League trailer came out yesterday to mixed reactions. It opens with the same air of melancholy as other DC Extended Universe films. However, there’s a new sense of play in the interaction between the characters that hints at – gasp – some actual fun?
First, go ahead and check out the new Justice League trailer for yourself:
The tone is a little inconsistent here. It’s introduced with a quick action montage of Justice League members, then drops abruptly into Lois’ melancholy dream of being engaged to Clark. The grim “Superman is dead and the world is going to pieces without him” montage that follows is in line with most of the previous films. Everything is terrible, no one wants to work together, it’s Earth’s darkest hour… you know, Tuesday in the DCEU.
The DCEU can be entertaining, but it’s rarely fun.
There are some promising hints of humor in this trailer, though. We hear more banter than in previous films. Aquaman and Cyborg (who we’ve heard the least about so far) get a playful bonding moment mid-fight, and the Flash radiates nerdy excitement in every scene. Diana hasn’t lost the balance of softness and strength that won over audiences this summer. Even Bruce almost gets to smile.
Levity is important, people. Without that occasional release of tension a movie turns into an exhausting ordeal to be endured. Emotional labor does not make for good rewatch value.
The problem is that these flashes of playfulness don’t exactly fit into the surrounding material. It seems like DC is having trouble balancing the original dark tone with edits meant to take advantage of Wonder Woman‘s runaway success. The last minute addition of Joss Whedon – who despite his faults is a master of ensemble storytelling – may be the film’s saving grace. Maybe he can pull the disparate parts of this film into something that meets the standard set by Wonder Woman.
We’ll find out soon enough. Justice League comes out in the US on November 17th, just before Turkey Day. We’ll either be giving thanks to the Snyder/Whedon team or consoling ourselves with an extra helping of mashed potatoes.
What do you think of the new Justice League trailer? Does it make you more excited about the movie, or do you have concerns? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Khai is a writer, anthropologist, and game enthusiast. She can talk fandom in five languages, and her proudest nerd moment so far was presenting original research titled “Gender, Sex, and Werewolves” at an international anthropological conference. Her first game, None For Me, is due out from Calico Games early next year.
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