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With Justice League a little over two weeks away, the time has come to dive in and start dissecting these heroes further as our anticipation begins to peak. Chief among them is the team's older, wiser and least powerful (unless you count money) leader: Batman. The Caped Crusader has played a pivotal role in the League's activities in the comics for years, and a new clip from the upcoming film gives us a deep dive into Ben Affleck's take on the character. Check out the video below.
There's almost as much Batman in that one featurette than all of the other Justice League trailer combined. Giving us some new glimpses at the character, as well as more context into some scenes that have already been shown, we see the evolution of Batman throughout the film (both visually, as well as personally) and get a bit more insight into his quest to unite the League. Perhaps more than any other hero on the roster, Bruce Wayne understands the threat that Steppenwolf poses when his Parademon army comes to retrieve the Mother Boxes, so he understands the importance of bringing Earth's most powerful beings together.
For those of us with a penchant for action, we also see in this AT&T video how someone like Batman will be able to face off against this extraterrestrial threat in the upcoming film. Most of the trailers that we have seen thus far have shown him firmly in the cockpit of one of his many vehicles -- ranging from the Batmobile to the Batwing -- or using his gadgets to take down Parademons. However, this trailer gives us a considerably closer look at his ability to use his fists against these enemies as well. This is important because it means that Batman won't be relegated to the sidelines while the others do most of the heavy-lifting. His punches mean something in this movie, and even at his advanced, Dark Knight Returns age, Bruce Wayne is still a formidable opponent, which is something that Justice League stories have sometimes had difficulty balancing in the past.
Thematically speaking, one of the most essential elements of this video is the way in which it reframes Bruce Wayne after the events of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. No longer the furious, solitary and downright violent vigilante seen in his last adventure, Batman is now far more willing to work with others and act as a leader for the League. He's still a dark and brooding hero (this is Batman we're talking about), but this version of the character seems more in-line with the writing of someone like Geoff Johns or Scott Snyder, and less in line with Frank Miller's Batman.
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DC's most iconic superhero team will unite on the big screen for the first time when Justice League premieres in theaters on November 17. Tickets for Justice League are already available, so make sure to get yours and let us know how excited you are for the upcoming blockbuster in the comments below!