Above is the official logo for the upcoming "Justice League" film coming in 2017.
So something interesting happened today. I have been reading all over the net today that several film bloggers and writers were privately invited in London this passed weekend to take a set visit of the upcoming "Justice League" movie. What's interesting about this is that many of these bloggers were people who didn't have very kind things to say about "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" back in March. Look, you may have liked that movie, but the truth of the matter is it didn't do as well critically as Warner Brothers hoped, and while it made a gigantic amount of money, it probably could have broken the billion dollar mark had it been better. So why would a studio invite a bunch of BvS haters to a set visit for a movie that is essentially the next chapter in BvS' storyline?
It seems they were invited because Warner Brothers is trying to show people that they are trying to right their wrongs. That they are trying to get their back on the right track. If you read this set report from Aint It Cool News, you'll see that this story will be taking a brighter side for "Justice League." It already looks like the heroes of the DC universe won't be so dark and dour and we will get a more adventurous superhero movie. I am curious to see how Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, J.K. Simmons, and Gal Gadot all clash together onscreen, but I just hope they don't overuse the humor. The problem with "Batman vs. Superman" wasn't really the tone, except for the tone of Superman. Its problems lied nearly everywhere else. I don't need DC to become a Marvel clone simply because of what the haters say. But this shows growth, it shows that a studio is trying to get up from the rubble of their last release and get their franchise back on track.
Could this be why we aren't getting a "Justice League: Part Two?" Oh, most definitely. I knew many years ago that if "Batman vs. Superman" failed, that it would affect all the other movies in the Warner Brother slate. Had "Batman vs. Superman" been worse, Warner Brothers could have scrapped the entire DC Universe of movies they had planned. But now, we are not getting a Part Two to "Justice League." This is going to be one huge event. Which I think is a good thing, because after how the studio handled cliffhanger endings with "Batman vs. Superman," I am not sure I needed more of that in "Justice League."
Here is the official synopsis for "Justice League:"
"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."
What "awakening threat" are they talking about? Well, they are talking about Steppenwolf and his need to obtain the Mother Boxes. Whose Steppenwolf? Well, if you an internet dweller, you may have found a scene deleted from "Batman vs. Superman" where a horned monster disappears from Lex Luthor's tent where he makes Doomsday. That horned monster is Steppenwolf and he works for Darkseid, the big bad we will eventually meet in these movies. It sounds like Steppenwolf will be the big bad of the first "Justice League" movie, and he will have an army of "parademons" with him searching for the Mother Boxes. What are the Mother Boxes?
From what I gather, they are boxes of power that were given to human, Amazonians and Atlantians during ancient times, which give their users some kind of great powers. I am not as well versed in the DC comics as I am other comics, so I am not the person to ask. But when reading about them from what I could, I don't see a huge difference between them and say, The Infinity Stones. The Mother Boxes will essentially be the films' McGuffin, the big doodad that the League will be pursuing in order to stop the world from entering oblivion. Funny how so many of these superhero movies end up resembling each other.
I am curious to see how the film does with C-list supervillain as the main threat in the film. I am also curious to see if we do see Darkseid at all in the film. I am curious to see how these actors bring these characters together and if the humor will ultimately help or hurt the film. Since I left the theater back in March, I haven't thought much of "Batman vs. Superman," but I am willing to give the Ultimate Edition a try later next month. The longer, magical version of the film that apparently fixes all the problems of the original movie. We shall see if that happens. But if so much positive feedback coming from this set visit, its hard not to get excited for this again. I don't hate DC, I want all of these superhero movies to be good. I want Warner Brothers to get their shit together and get back on track. DC fans have been rabid for these characters onscreen for so long. I am hoping for the best out of all this. Then again, I am always cautious. Did Warner Brothers just tell a bunch of people exactly what they wanted to hear in order to get good press flowing for this movie? It could happen, so I am always cautious.
These set visit reports are actually interesting reads, definitely crack into them.