This weekend, movie fans were treated to something that is kind of a big deal: the first trailer for the upcoming DC Comic’s superhero film Justice League. Onto the breakdown!
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The first trailer for DC Comic’s upcoming superhero film Justice League produced many thoughts and feelings about this movie, this cinematic universe, and the fact that it is clearly a poor man’s Avengers.
Onto the breakdown!
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0:05 – We open on a man getting on a horse because nothing screams out superhuman special abilities like riding a horse.
0:13 – Big DC logo, just in case we didn’t remember to lower our collective expectations.
0:15- 0:23 – Slow, dragging monologue over numerous cut shots.
0:24 – 0:28 – “Not coming, Bruce… … …It’s already here.” Impactful sentence with very few words that still takes a long time to say. Long pauses are going to be The Thing of Justice League. Nothing builds action like a long pause.
0:33 – 0:37 – “The others… … …Where are they?”
0:38 – Music change to let us know Aquaman is cool. No one ever thinks Aquaman is cool unless the music prompts us to do so.
0:38 – 1:10 – The group is coming together. Well, with one notable exception.
1:15 – Trailer again tries to make Aquaman the cool one.
1:26 – The Flash is clearly the cool one.
1:29 – 1:33 – “What are your super powers again?” … … “I’m rich.” Aww, snap.
1:34 – Musical interlude of a remix of The Beatles’ Come Together. A good song that feels too on-the-nose here lyrically.
1:43 – Someone playing football? I don’t know why this shot is here either.
1:59 – 2:02 – … … … … …”Shall we?”
The film comes out in November. We reached the end of the trailer. Surprisingly, it didn’t really spoil anything. That is rare for trailers these days. We don’t know what the plot is, who the villain is, or anything beyond who is in it. Not too bad.
Hey, wait a second.
There was no Superman!
A Justice League trailer with no plot, no villain, no synopsis, AND no Superman? Now I’m less sure that this was done intentionally. He technically died in Batman VS Superman, but everyone saw that he was actually still alive, because he’s freaking Superman. We didn’t even get a teaser of a glimpse of an “S” anywhere. Nothing. Amy Adams as, presumably, Lois Lane was there. So we know the universe is full, but no Superman. It’s an interesting marketing ploy. You know what probably would have been more useful? Actually showing the main character in the movie’s trailer. Oh well, this isn’t The Avengers so I don’t know what I was expecting.
Todd Salem is a Contributing Editor at BuzzChomp. He’s also the New York Giants Lead Writer at Pro Football Spot, a Staff Writer for NFL Spinzone, and a Featured Columnist at College Sports Madness, among others. Follow him on Twitter.