Timesworld desk: Last summer, the San Diego Comic-Con presentation for “Justice League” came with a special treat for fans worldwide, as the first ever footage premiered online for everybody to see. Since then, very little has been released to the public, but now the early days of 2017 have been treated with a cool new team photo.
This new still was included in an article from USA Today, previewing the big films that are set to be released in the next 12 months. It doesn’t exactly ‘unite the seven’, as only five characters are featured, but they are all significant figures — Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, Ezra Miller’s Flash, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.
Noticeably missing from the equation is Henry Cavill’s Superman, although that shouldn’t come to much of a surprise. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” ended with Superman’s shocking death at the hands of Doomsday. The final moments of the film centered around Superman and Clark Kent’s matching funerals, and Batman’s new resolve to unite other meta-humans for the greater good. But the final shot of the film saw the dirt on Superman’s coffin levitate a bit, strongly hinting that Supes was about to rise from the grave.
But Zack Snyder and company are still trying to leave Superman’s fate as a mystery. Henry Cavill is returning for the team up movie, but it’s unclear how Superman will function in the film’s narrative. Will he come back as a villain, with the team needing to join forces to stop him? Or will he be the same old Superman?
Seeing most members of the Justice League assembled in the above photo is a major payoff for fans of the DCEU. Footage and images have been few and far between. The superhero costumes seem to complement each other, highlighting each character’s specific strengths and powers.
In particular, Cyborg and Aquaman look pretty fantastic in the new image. Cyborg’s metal body and glowing core looks fantastic, and will likely be a major visual asset for “Justice League”. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is a physical presence that dominates any scene he’s in. The shadow around Aquaman helps him look even more physically imposing.
Justice League will fly into theaters on November 17.