Coinciding with the premiere of the first trailer for “Justice League,” director Zack Snyder offered some insight into the ensemble film, which brings together the major players of the fledgling DC Extended Universe.
“The thing that’s awesome about these icons” he told USA Today, “is that a lot of them we haven’t seen in the movies before on the big screen,” and he’s right. While Batman and Superman have both starred in multiple movies over the years, the prospect of them coming together as part of a team that has been an important cornerstone of the DC Universe for decades seemed, until recently, to be an impossible dream for comics fans.
While last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” brought together Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, “Justice League” gives a proper introduction to three more heroes: Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.
“You have Jason stomping around as this inked hairy man, just this mythic figure,” Snyder said. “And you’ve got Ezra, who’s full of life and hilarious and all over the place and amazing — a really fun and also poignant Flash. And Ray’s story is in a lot of the ways the heart of the movie.”
The director also addressed the issue of how Superman, who ends up in a casket at the end of “Dawn of Justice,” would make his way back onto the screen. “It’s hard to have a ‘Justice League’ without Superman. That’s how I feel about it,” Snyder said, adding, “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.”
Arriving November 17, “Justice League” stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen Queen Hippolyta and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.