Fans were dealt a crushing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel sacrificed himself to defeat Doomsday and save the world. But while the film ended with a sure sign that the Last Son of Krypton might not be down for the count just yet, the question remained how — or, if the studio’s marketing campaign had its way, if — Superman would return in Justice League.
While the character has appeared promotional and merchandising tie-ins for the eagerly anticipated film, Superman’s presence in the trailers has been limited to mentions of his name, and the appearance of his icon emblem. That is, until today, when the latest trailer for Justice League opened with footage of Clark Kent himself.
Amy Adams’ Lois Lane walk onto the porch of the Kent house and looks out into a cornfield, bathed in morning light. As the familiar notes of Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel score softly chime, it becomes clear the figure standing amid the cornstalks is Cavill’s Clark Kent. “I’ll take that as a yes,” he says, referring to the engagement ring Lois wears. There he is, back from the dead, wearing a plaid shirt, and smiling contently in the rays of a Kansas sunrise. The scene feels almost like a dream.
And that’s when Lois wakes up. Or rather, that’s when the trailer shows us Lois waking up. Instantly, the question surfaces: Did we really get our first look at Clark Kent, risen from the grave, or was it merely a dream?
The editing clearly is meant to lead us to the conclusion that the sequence is little more than Lois’ wishful thinking. But what if that’s a feint? What if it’s actually a scene from later in Justice League, after Superman has returned to save the day — if, that is, Superman does indeed return to save the day? It would be a perfect way to reunite Lois and Clark, after dire circumstances forced them apart: a new day, under a new sun, with a hopeful smile, eyes toward the future.
However, the more likely answer is that this is indeed simply a dream. With Warner Bros. keeping such a tight lid on Superman’s role in the film, it would be puzzling for studio to spoil his return in the final trailer, when we’re so close to the finish line. Perhaps we’re intended to feel like Lois. Perhaps we’re meant to wonder, to believe.
Opening Nov. 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, Raymond Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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