Zack Snyder is really good at producing trailers. He is perhaps the best director in Hollywood at convincing audiences they absolutely must watch his movies in theaters (Michael Bay is the one who makes it an argument). Because even after being burned by his previous efforts Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, here we are again excited for Justice League.
The trailer dropped over the weekend and showcases the heroes assembling their superteam together. As far as the new players go, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman steals most of your attention, riding atop the Batmobile, stabbing dudes with tridents, and overall filling the Robert Downey Jr. role of providing wisecracking levity to the very serious proceedings. Ezra Miller provides his quirky charisma to Flash while Cyborg’s armor looks painted on and needs some more work in postproduction.
Snyder is also a prime strategist when it comes to leaking catnip details for fans in promoting and marketing these movies. Giving an interview with USA Today, he addressed the elephant in the room when he said, “It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it.”
He would go on, espousing that Batman v Superman was always meant to be seen as a prequel. Via USA Today:
It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of Justice League: What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need? All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.
So yes even though Superman is nowhere to be seen in this trailer, he’ll almost certainly be in the movie. This would coincide with rumors that Henry Cavill sparked when he posted what appears to be a black Superman suit on Instagram last year.
For now we’ll wait for news of Superman’s return and hope Ben Affleck won’t seem so trapped in that Batsuit when Justice League comes out this November.