The following feature contains massive spoilers for Zack Snyder's Justice League movie. Do not read any further if you do not want to know specifics about the film.
The film set, constructed roughly an hour outside of central London, is made to look like the rooftop of the Gotham Police Department. It's pouring rain -- a typical forecast for this dreary city -- and Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) has activated the Bat Signal. The Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) arrives... only, he's not alone. Batman's flanked on either side by Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and The Flash (Ezra Miller), while Cyborg (Ray Fisher) waits in the wings.
"How many of you are there?" Gordon asks Batman
"Not enough," the Caped Crusader replies.
And with that, Zack Snyder's Justice League is under way. Snyder's superhero blockbuster Batman v Superman was subtitled Dawn of Justice for a reason. It was always the studio's intention to film solo movies with DC Comics' top characters -- from Wonder Woman and Flash to Cyborg and Shazam. But much like Marvel's The Avengers, DC would bring their heroes together for a Justice League movie every few years, the first of which is set to land on November 17, 2017.
Last week, CinemaBlend was part of a select group of journalists invited to London to watch Zack Snyder film Justice League. We spoke with the director, with co-producers Charles Roven and Deb Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller (The Flash), Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and more. We learned a ton about what Snyder and DC have planned for Justice League, in the wake of Batman v Superman, and the future of the DCEU.
"Basically, this story is about finding the group, and bringing them all together," Deb Snyder told us. "It's a lot of fun because we get to go on that journey, and we get to see the different personalities of all the different members of the Justice League. And that's generally what it's about."
We also have an official summary:
And a lot of this process revolves around this guy:
At the end of Batman v Superman, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) watched the alien he'd deeply distrusted, Kal-El (Henry Cavill), sacrifice himself in order to stop Doomsday and save humanity. Bruce tells Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) that he doesn't plan on failing Superman in death the way that he failed him in life. He senses that something much larger, and far more dangerous, is coming. (Remember his Knightmare? The one with all of those Parademons?) And in order to prepare for it, Bruce is going to recruit his own team of powerful, gifted metahumans.
The way Ben Affleck described it to us on the set, he's approaching Batman differently this time, because the hero -- through the events of Batman v Superman -- sees the world through a changed perspective. In Batman v Superman, the Dark Knight had reached the end of his rope after decades of fighting to worst possible crime in Gotham. He was facing a foreign threat in Superman, and he felt that he needed to go to dark places to combat this foe (who ended up being a friend). In Justice League, Batman's different. He's more hopeful. He's learning to trust people again. He is starting to restore his faith in humanity. Affleck tells us:
So, Batman will be the hero recruiting the members of the Justice League, and together with Alfred (Jeremy Irons), he's going to be upgrading his vehicles and weaponry along the way. We saw designs for Batman's new Nightcrawler, an armored tank with mechanical, spider-like legs that allow him to travel through tunnels and climb through tight spaces. (It even has a flamethrower, which looks like it may come in handy if Parademons attack). And when the whole team needs to travel, Batman has a massive troop carrier called The Flying Fox, which looks like a mobile headquarters large enough to carry every member of the Justice League, as well as Batman's Batmobile and other weaponry.
By all accounts, Batman is the leader of this new team, but he's far from the only member. What else did we learn on the Justice League set?