Nobody expected San Diego Comic-Con to be quite so rife with DC goodies. Sure, we knew that a Wonder Woman trailer would probably pop up, and we had a distinct feeling that more Suicide Squad footage would be shown, but nobody could have expected that Warner Bros. and DC would drop a Justice League trailer. It was intense, it was funny, and I'll be damned if it didn't convert some nonbelievers into bona fide fans of the growing DC Extended universe.
That being said, Justice League is still currently in production, and there's quite a bit more that we're still waiting to see. We loved everything featured in the footage, but there are a few elements that we need to know about before we can confirm that this is in fact the Justice League movie for which we've all been waiting. We've compiled a list of the eight things that the Justice League marketing campaign still needs to show us before the movie officially debuts on November 17, 2017. Now let's get this DC fest going with No.1...
JK Simmons' Commissioner Gordon
It's looking more and more like Justice League will serve to further flesh out the backstories of the iconic headlining superheroes - specifically by adding more supporting characters important to their tales. We already have an Alfred Pennyworth (played by Jeremy Irons) firmly established within the DCEU for Batman, so the next Dark Knight ally that we need to meet is none other than Commissioner James Gordon of the GCPD - who will be played by JK Simmons. The glimpse we get doesn't have to be much; we just want a quick look to get a better understanding of what to expect from Gotham's favorite cop. Will we get bumbling Pat Hingle Gordon, hard-boiled detective Gordon? We'll have to wait and see, but we're betting on the latter.
Vic Stone's Accident
Believe it or not, Vic Stone a.k.a Cyborg (Ray Fisher) didn't choose to become a walking weapon with a tenuous grasp on his humanity. Something happened to the young man, and it tore his body apart - forcing his scientist father, Silas Stone, to use a Mother Box to keep his son alive and turn him into the hero we know and love. The accident in question has changed over the years and through different eras of the comics, and at this point we really don't know much about what it is that destroyed Cyborg's original human body. Was his accident relevant to the story of Justice League, or was it a freak occurrence that simply led him to the Mother Box? We need to know these things.
A Change In Batman's Attitude (Not Just Bruce Wayne's)
The events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice changed Bruce Wayne in an extremely profound way. Watching Superman give his life for an entire planet showed Bruce that men are still good, and this is a world worth protecting. We've already seen that Bruce Wayne will be a much more chipper person in Justice League than he was in the previous film, but we want to see some glimpse of how his life as Batman has changed as well. Perhaps he has become less of a Frank Miller Batman, and more of a Scott Snyder type -- a man who sees hope and opportunity in the face of every single Gotham City citizen. He doesn't have to be any less gentle with the thugs he beats down, but we're hoping he at the very least retired the Bat Brand.
The Flash Actually Running
Ezra Miller's version of Barry Allen totally knows how to run his mouth (and we absolutely love that), but we didn't get to see him do a whole lot of actual running in the trailer for Justice League. This makes sense considering the fact that the film's still in the midst of production and The Flash's sequences are probably very CGI intensive. However, next time we get a glimpse of Justice League, we want to see the Scarlet Speedster in a full-blown sprint, showing his other super powered friends exactly what he's capable of doing. Dodging batarangs and lasers is great and all, but I want to see this guy let loose -- lightning and all.
A Closer Look At The Villain
Enemies are coming. It's a central part of Bruce Wayne's elevator pitch to all of the prospective members of the Justice League, and we want to see exactly what has him so concerned. We caught a brief glimpse of Steppenwolf in the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but we need to specifically see the sort of chaos he will bring to Earth when he finally arrives. A quick shot from the trailer shows what looks to be medieval knights burying a Mother Box in the ground, so it remains entirely likely that the evil forces from Apokolips have already made their way to Earth at some point prior to the events of the film.
Aquaman's Home In Atlantis
For a DC superhero that has taken quite a bit of heat over the years, Arthur Curry a.k.a Aquaman (Jason Momoa) really stole the show in the Justice League trailer. After rebuffing Batman's offer for a position on this brand new team of superheroes, Aquaman storms off, pounds a bottle of some top shelf liquor, and disappears into the ocean. We obviously know that this won't be the last that we see of the water-based hero, and considering the fact that Willem Dafoe has already been confirmed as his fellow Atlantean Vulko; we cannot wait to get a good glimpse at where Arthur Curry hangs his trident.
Any Reference To Green Lantern
We know that Warner Bros. wants to do everything in their power to try and make us forget about the 2011 attempt at Green Lantern, but the fact remains that a Justice League movie just feels wrong without him. At this point we're just waiting for one small bit of concrete confirmation that even a single member of the Green Lantern Corps exists within the DCEU - on beyond the fact that we know that Warner Bros. and DC Comics are cooking up a Green Lantern Corps movie that will be coming out in 2020. Even if it's Guy Gardner, we don't care; we just want to know that the DC films will once again look to the stars with everyone's favorite green-clad space cop.
Hints At Superman's Return
He's coming back. You know this, and I know this. When that dirt began to move at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we all knew that death wouldn't even be close to the end for Henry Cavill's Man of Steel. Superman's sacrifice at the hands of Doomsday meant something to each and every member of the human race, and when he inevitably returns we have a distinct feeling that he will become a true symbol of hope that both of his fathers wanted him to be. Even if the Last Son of Krypton's revival is saved for the final moments of the Justice League movie, we at least want some indication of what's to come. He's already front and center in the film's marketing, Snyder; don't leave us hanging.