Zack Snyder's New Justice League Trailer Ushers In a New Age of Heroes

Something in your eye, Clark?
Something in your eye, Clark?
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It’s also living in a society. Yes, they went there.

Warner Bros. has just dropped the latest trailer for Zack Snyder’s new cut of Justice League, introducing us to some of the multitudes of hours’ worth of new footage we’re getting added to this four-hour-long remake of the controversial theatrical release of the film. It teases a lot of things that Snyder has been hinting toward ever since Warner confirmed he’d been brought on board rebuilding a new version of Justice League last year: a black-suited Superman, the arrival of the dreaded Darkseid, and, yes, Jared Leto’s Joker.

There’s a lot going on here. But I don’t think I’m going to be over the fact that it is 2021 and that Jared Leto, officially returning as the Clown Prince of Crime for the first time since Suicide Squad, actually says the words “We live in a society” with absolutely zero irony. What a world we live in.


Zack Snyder’s Justice League hits HBO Max on March 18.

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Well, I’ll give Snyder this - he knows how to cut a trailer. He always has. The trailer for Watchmen is still miles better than the movie.

But it took only 35 seconds to remind me why I hate BvS so much: a shot of Knightmare Batman wielding a machine gun.

It boils down all of Snyder’s problem in one shot:

- How he prioritize stylish dream sequences that add nothing to the plot over important but unimpressive workhorse sslcenes.Kscenes. Knightmare is a pointless sequence in BvS, but it’s cleary Snyder’s favorite bit. This is why this thing is three hours - so he doesn’t have to choose between the two.

- Snyder inability to understand why giving Batman a gun makes the character less cool, not cooler. Batman is a martial artist. A western ninja. You put him in a room with 20 armed goons and then sit back and eat popcorn while he finds a way to knock them all down. If you give him a machine gun so he can mow them down in 15 seconds flat...then what’s the point? It’s like giving Bruce Lee a gun. Nobody wants to watch a movie where Bruce Lee shoots people.

- And finally, a hybrid is the firdt two, and the most infuriati g thing for me: Snyder’s cowardice when it comes to Batman and guns. Snyder wants so much to give Batman a gun, but he also knows most fans won’t like it, so he pulls his punches and take every excuse in the book to have Batman use guns, but not really: it’s a dream sequence, it’s an alternate future, it’s an alien gun not a real one, it’s a real gun but he shoot the cannister next to the bad guy, not the actual bad guy, etc. He wants to be seen as this “visionnary” who will follow his artistic vision no matter what, but is damn quick to compromise said visionnto not rock the boat too much.

So yeah, good trailer, the end product will likely interesting, but it won’t be good.

Funnily enough, they are releasing it on the exact same weekend as Falcon & the Winter Soldier. That seems like a bad idea.