On 16th November 2017, we will get to witness one of the biggest team ups in comic book history come to life on the big screen, the Justice League. So should we expect from DCEU’s fourth installment after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman (to be released on 2nd June 2017)? Even though Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad received mixed reviews, Wonder Woman looks to be promising and there are high expectations from Justice League as well. So far the official Justice League movie synopsis is as follow:
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Price, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of meta humans 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.”
All the hints and Easter Eggs indicate towards Darkseid being the “greater enemy”. We got to see his Parademons in the ‘Knightmare’ sequence from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Along with that, the omega symbol burned into the ground outside the destroyed city and those blazing fire pits are all calling cards of Darkseid from the planet Apokolips. Just like Dawn of Justice was inspired from DC’s animated movie and graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns Part ll, I have a strong feeling the Justice League movie is likely to be inspired from the animated version Justice League: War which released in 2014 and graphic novel Justice League: Origins. The only major difference being instead of Shazam and Green Lantern who were part of the animated movie, we will get to see Aquaman. For all those who want to know what the Justice League movie might look like should definitely watch Justice League: War.
Now that we know what we can expect from the Justice League movie, there are certain things I really hope they incorporate in the movie:
- Lesser of the Darker Tone
I think it is fair to say that we all have had enough of the dark toned movies expected from Zack Snyder. One of the biggest criticisms of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was that it had way too many depressing moments. Hence it would not be wise to make Justice League that dark again. Now I’m not saying that every scene should have a quirky one liner but there should be more of a balance. Fortunately writer Chris Terrio has already confirmed that it will be “totally not quite as dark”.
- Fewer Easter Eggs
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we were bombarded with Easter Eggs whether it be of Darkseid or Lex Luthor’s footage of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg. Even though hardcore DC fans probably loved it, they felt forced and also resulted in deviation from the main story. They can certainly tease a future villain for the next movie in the end credits.
- Don’t Waste Time on Introduction
One thing I didn’t like about the Suicide Squad apart from the limited Joker screen time was the fact that large portion of the movie consisted of introducing each character. Even if they were planning a franchise it didn’t make sense as they barely focused on the story itself. Justice League can either make or break the DC Extended Universe and one thing it really need to give time to is the story which the previous films have neglected.
- Vic Stone’s Accident
Now I know, this might be contradictory to the previous point but I cannot stress enough how important it is for Justice League to have this scene, not only for the movie but for the character. Vic Stone a.k.a Cyborg will be appearing on the big screen for the first time and it not as well known to moviegoers as his counterparts. Therefore it is show that Vic Stone didn’t choose to become a walking weapon. Something happened to him which tore his body apart and to keep him alive his scientist father, Silas Stone was forced to use a Mother Box which turned him into the hero we know.
- A Change in Batman’s Attitude
After the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we should see a more optimistic Batman. Witnessing Superman give his life for an entire planet should make Bruce realize that human beings are still good and the world is still worth protecting. We have already seen this brighter side in the Justice League trailers. He doesn’t have to take it any easier on the thugs he beats down, just doesn’t have to brand them.
- Aquaman’s Home in Atlantis
Now it doesn’t have to be for long since Aquaman will be featuring in his own solo film in 2018, but just enough to have some idea of what it would be like to live in an underwater city.
- Running Sequences of The Flash
We all know The Flash can run and run really fast. But so far all we have seen Ezra Miller’s version of Barry Allen do is run his mouth and dodge Batarangs. Another reason it would be interesting to see this version of The Flash in a full blown sprint is because we want to see how different or similar is it going to be to CW’s version of The Flash sprinting.
- Reference to Green Lantern
We all know Warner Bros. Is trying their very best to make us forget about their 2011 attempt at Green Lantern, but having a Justice League movie without the character just doesn’t feel right. Simply because Green Lantern was the founding member of the Justice League. Therefore I would simply love if any reference was made to the character or whether he exists in the DCEU. We know the fact that a Green Lantern Corps movie is in works to be released in 2020.
- Return of Superman
Even though he is officially dead, he’s coming back. You know this, I know this, everyone knows this. The dirt suddenly moving at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was clear indication. However, we still don’t know how or when in the Justice League is he going to return as he was not even shown in the trailers. It would be a bold move if they have him return for the final battle sequence. It would have a similar impact as to when Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk for final scene in the Avengers.
- The Villain
Whoever the villain be, be it Darkseid or not, I really want them to be similar to their comic counterpart. Jesse Eisenberg’s iteration of Lex Luthor was simply not on point, acting more like the Trickster unhinged than Lex Luthor who is cold and calculating. Creative liberties can obviously be taken when adapting characters for live action, as long as they remain true to the spirit of the original comic character. In addition, they should also be reasoning as to why they are doing what they are doing. Why Lex Luthor wanted Superman, Batman or both of them dead is a mystery to me.
- Right Amount of Main Character Attention
What Marvel got right in the Avengers was that they gave the right amount of screen time to each character. None of them were neglected nor hoarded screen time. DC should take a queue from this and do the same. For example, Superman might get comparatively less screen time than his teammates but should get the screen time at the right moment.
- Personal Bonus: Batman v Superman Round 2
Now this is highly unlikely but there are rumors that Batman and Superman will have an argument with regards who gets to be the leader of the Justice League. I’m really hoping this argument turns into a physical brawl because honestly, the fight between Batman and Superman in the previous movie was the best scene of the movie. I hope Round 2 ends without a ‘Martha’ interference.