We’re finally getting a Justice League movie this year, five years after the Avengers got their first big-screen outing, and today Warner Bros. finally dropped the first official trailer, which means at this very moment a large chunk of the internet is painstakingly analyzing the footage contained in the video above.
Unfortunately for a comic book fan like me, a lot of the trailer’s rumtime feels generic, at least from a story standpoint. In a world with no sunlight (i.e. the world where every Zack Snyder movie takes place), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) are convinced that a great threat to Earth is coming, so they’re trying to assemble a team of superheroes to combat it. The trailer then explains to us who Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) are (Superman, as far as this trailer is concerned, is still dead). After that, we finally start fighting some vague, occasionally winged alien monster things with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance.
Those alien monsters are called Parademons, and if you look that up you’ll see that they’re actually the foot soldiers of some pretty awesome cosmic evil in the DC Comics universe. In fact, a lot of things about Justice League feel awesome, but this trailer is more about roll calling our heroes and showing off Snyder’s gift for slow-motion action tableaux (I can’t wait for the GIFs of Wonder Woman’s slow motion hair flip to start making the rounds). That makes it a hit-or-miss affair for me.
Don’t worry, though, because the hits really hit from where I’m sitting. J.K. Simmons showing up as Commissioner Gordon is delightful, as is Batman answering “I’m rich” when asked what his superpowers are. Gadot has really grown on me as Wonder Woman, and her confident “Shall we?” is the badass moment. Then there’s Momoa, who really looks like the only person having any fun in Snyder’s cloud-choked version of a comic book landscape. In his hands, Aquaman becomes that cool surf instructor who would also probably sell you weed, and his leap off the Batmobile at the end made me wish we had a whole trailer just about him.
Don’t worry. He’ll get his own movie soon enough.
Justice League arrives Nov. 17.