Official Logo, Synopsis, and More Revealed for Justice League

Posted: June 21, 2016 in Comic Book News
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WARNING: A lot of spoilers will follow

Last week, a select number of reporters and bloggers were invited to the London set of the upcoming superhero film Justice League, and they now (finally) get to write about the plethora of information they were privy to. Since there are a great many articles currently being published today, all featuring different pieces of information, I’ve decided to compile all of it into one easy to access article.

The Logo

Simplistic, but effective, the official Justice League logo features white lettering on a black background, with a star serving as a decorative element in the first half of the logo. Check it out via the image below!

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Image via batman-news.com

The Synopsis

You can also check out the synopsis of the film below, where it seems as if the film will focus a little more strongly on Bruce Wayne/Batman:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Scene Breakdowns

A number of the reports feature highly detailed breakdowns of select scenes from the upcoming film. In Collider‘s report of the Justice League set, we get a description of the team meeting up in Gotham City with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. The full description is as follows:

Standing on the dirty Gotham Police Station rooftop is Commissioner Gordon wearing a hat, tie, glasses and a long trench coat. He’s standing next to the Bat symbol and talking to Batman, Flash and Wonder Woman as smoke billows from nearby vents. As the camera slowly zooms in, I’m listening to the four of them talk about scientists disappearing. While it’s hard to figure out why they’re talking about missing scientists, it’s very much a comic book panel come to life with the way everyone is standing and framed to the camera. I’m smiling wide from ear to ear.

As I try and hear more of what they’re saying, all of a sudden Cyborg is walking across the rooftop towards our heroes saying that the head of S.T.A.R. Labs has been taken. As he gets closer he stands next to Wonder Woman and I watch as a huge smile appear on her face before turning back to the rest of the group. It seems like she’s extremely happy he’s joined them. I silently wonder if this is the first time all of these heroes have been together. As the group discusses the situation, they decide they’ll need to go somewhere to investigate. As Gordon continues to talk he turns and everyone is gone but the Flash. It’s like he didn’t get the memo that when Gordon turns to talk you need to quickly disappear. Flash says to Gordon, “Do they just do that?” Gordon says nothing as Flash speeds off.

Slash Film also mentions a second scene being played for the visiting reporters/bloggers, this time featuring a meeting between Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne and Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen (with lines included):

The scene follows Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, entering an abandoned brick building with lots of colorful graffiti which he has co-opted for his home. He turns on the power and his apartment lights up with tons of computer monitors all over the place. The light reveals Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne sitting in a chair.

“Barry Allen, Bruce Wayne.”

“You said that like it explains why there’s a total stranger in my place sitting in my second favorite chair,” quips Allen.

“Tell me about this…” Wayne presents Allen a printout showing the security footage of Allen which was retrieved from Lex Luthor’s hard drive in Batman v Superman. Allen looks at the paper incredulously.

“This is… uhh… a person who looks exactly like me but is definitely not me. Somebody, hippy, long hair. Very attractive Jewish boy… who drinks milk. I don’t drink milk.”

Wayne is not amused. “I know you have abilities, I just don’t know what they are…”

Allen quips, “My special skills include viola, web design, fluent in sign language, gorilla sign language…”

Wayne has stopped listening and is admiring Allen’s prototype Flash costume which is in the middle of the room.

Looking closer at the Flash suit, Wayne notices its made of “silicon base and quartz fabric, heat resistant.”

Allen tries to explain what the superhero costume is for: “Yeah, I also do ice dancing.”

“They use it on the space shuttle to keep it from burning up on reentry,” comments Wayne.

Barry responds that the suit is for “very competitive ice dancing.” Barry turns and continues, “Look man, I don’t know who you are but whoever you’re looking for is not me.”

While Barry is turned, Bruce Wayne takes the opening to chuck a Batarang at the young superhero. Almost instantly time slows down and we are engulfed into Barry Allen’s world of slow-motion as he dodges the incoming weapon and notices that it’s a metal throwing star in the form of the Batman logo. He reaches out and grabs it, catching it.

We transition into real time as Barry looks at Bruce, “You’re the Batman?

Bruce now understands, “So you’re fast?”

Barry remarks, “That feels like an over simplification.”

Bruce is not amused, so he gets to the point: “I’m putting together a team, people with special abilities. You see, I believe enemies are coming…”

Allen interrupts him, “Stop right there, I’m in!”

Wayne surprised, “Just like that?”

“Yeah,” responds Allen, taking a few seconds to admit, “I need friends.”

“Great,” says Wayne relieved.

Barry still looking at the Batarang, “Can I keep this?”

Just a side note before moving on to the next category, I really like that Gorilla Grod nod from Barry with the crack about “gorilla sign language.”

Various Film Details

A number of articles also feature a great deal of various facts for Justice League, including:

  • Justice League is confirmed to take place a few months after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Despite Justice League being announced as a two-part film, the production and discussion with the visitors onset treated Justice League as if it were one movie.
    • Producer Deborah Synder also confirmed it’s not a two-part movie.
  • One of the major focuses in the film are the three Mother Boxes. Slash Film notes that each of the boxes belongs to a separate group (humans, Amazons, and Atlanteans).
    • The human Mother Box is Bronze Age-looking, while the Amazonian Mother Box is red, ornate, with circular symbols and ancient writing. And the Atlantean Mother Box is grey and organic-looking in nature.

  • The film will apparently open with an epic “history lesson” in order to give the audience a large amount of backstory necessary for the Mother Boxes. The author of the Collider piece believed it would be similar to how The Fellowship of the Ring explained the history of Sauron and the One Ring before “officially” beginning the film.
    • Deborah Snyder stated that Zeus has a small part in the movie in the Mother Box history lesson.
  • Steppenwolf is one of Justice League‘s villains, but it was not revealed who will be playing him. It was mentioned that the unknown actor will voice the character, but Steppenwolf will not be acted out the way motion capture characters have recently been done on film. Parademons (first seen in Batman v Superman) will also have a large role in the film.
  • Zack Snyder said they have yet to film a scene with all the members of the Justice League together.
  • Junkie XL is returning to score the film, but without Hans Zimmer.
  • Producer Debbie Snyder revealed that reactions to Batman v Superman are influencing Justice League, specifically mentioning how the studio realized audiences don’t want their superheroes deconstructed. She also stated that the darkest part of the story (Batman v Superman) has already completed.
  • Justice League is meant to be more inclusive the previous DCEU films as a way to appeal to a younger audience.
  • Producers Debbie Snyder and Chuck Roven reconfirmed that all DCEU films are interconnected. Snyder stated:
    • “All the films kind of fit in a timeline, but they’re independent films. You can see one and not need to see the other. They operate on their own. They all have their own tone and they deal with different characters. Yet they’re all in the same filmic universe and there is little bits of crossovers that we see. But that isn’t essential to the story.”

  • Atlantis in different time periods will be featured in Justice League. The  Atlantean culture (specifically mentioned as being “very ancient”) is being created from the ground up.
  • Despite what his recent gym pictures might have you believing, J.K. Simmons will be a classic looking Commissioner Gordon. The actor was mentioned as wearing a hat, tie, long trench coat and glasses.
  • Zack Snyder stated that Jack Kirby’s New Gods influenced the Justice League movie.
  • All of the costumes for Justice League are being manufactured in-house, with 3D printing being a huge part of creating each costume.
  • Michael Wilkinson is the costume designer. He also worked on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Watchmen, 300, and tons of other films.
  • Justice League is filming in London until September and after they wrap there they go to Los Angeles and another still to be determined location. Filming is currently scheduled to wrap in October.
  • The production spent six months working on the costumes in research and development before any of the actors got involved.

The Characters

All character specific information from the visit has been moved here.

1. Superman

  • Slash Film notes that director Zack Snyder explained that the level of darkness in Batman v Superman was necessary, especially in developing Superman’s character:
    • I think Superman was on his way toward something… I wanted to get to a Superman that had a reason to be Superman, like a reason to feel the way he felt about humanity, that we all understand from the comic books as far as he’s pretty, as far as a moral compass goes, he’s pretty much the thing. But I feel like he had to go through something to be that.

  • DCEU Facts quoted the information releases (via Twitter), stating that Superman would be sporting longer hair and a new costume.

2. Batman

  • Justice League is about the purpose of being a hero. Batman was hit hard by the death of Superman and he feels like he didn’t honor him while alive. He wants to make it up to him and also protect the planet from an incoming threat.
  • A big change from BvS is Batman is learning to trust people in Justice League.
  • Going off of this, Ben Affleck mentioned that the version of Batman in Justice League is:
    • “a little bit more sardonic, humor, a little more irony. He’s on a little more man on a mission this time. As opposed to like he was so full of anger because of what happened at the Black Zero Event. That kind of character, that sort of rage that possessed him. And now he’s on a mission to get this group together.”

  • For fans wanting to see Batman finally act as The World’s Greatest Detective, Justice League might finally make that dream come true, according to Ben Affleck.
    • “the world’s greatest detective aspect of Batman is more present in this story than it was in the last one, and will probably be expanded upon further in a Batman movie that I would do. I think all the great Batman stories are, at their heart, detective stories.”

  • On his solo Batman movie, Affleck says he doesn’t want to start filming until he has a script that’s 100% ready to go because:He says they’re currently working on it but he’s not finished.
    • “I’ve been on the end of the things when you make movies when you have a script that’s not good yet and it doesn’t pan out.”

  • One of the sets visited was called Wayne Hangar, featuring signs on the ground that said “Gotham Iron Foundry Company established 1920.” Along the tables in the hangar were numerous car and missile parts, with miscellaneous pieces scattered. In a corner of the hangar sat a desk with the Batcomputer, the monitors all displaying the scenes from Batman v Superman when Batman was watching Luthor’s footage on Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Aquaman.
  • Justice League features a number of new vehicles for Batman and his team, including new Batman vehicles the Flying Fox and the Nightcrawler. The controls on the Flying Fox look very similar to the Batmobile controls.
    • The interior of the Flying Fox is massive. It’s a three story ship that can fit the Batmobile and tons of other Bat gadgets. The ship is self-contained and a fantastic piece of equipment.
    • We’re going to see an upgraded Batmobile in Justice League. Due to the additional threats Batman has added machine guns and a missile launcher to the top of the vehicle.
    • The Nightcrawler is also mentioned to be huge, with the Collider piece describing it as follows:
      • Imagine the main part of the Batmobile except where the wheels would normally go you have four spider like legs from the largest spider you can imagine. These legs allow the Nightcrawler to climb and move in ways a car or plane can’t. It also allows the vehicle to access hard to reach terrain. Something else to know is when the Nightcrawler moves it damages the terrain due to the base of its legs.

    • The backstory of the Nightcrawler will not be explained in the film, although production designer Patrick Tatopoulos stated his idea that it’s old Wayne Technology created by Thomas Wayne for use by the military.
    • The production only built the top of the Nightcrawler, with the rest added in later with CG.
    • The Nightcrawler is part of a massive action set piece that takes place in a tunnel between Gotham and Metropolis. We got to tour part of the set they built for the scene and learned the tunnel was built by the Gotham W.P.A. between 1925-1929 and it sounds like it was never completed.
  • It was confirmed that Batman will continually change the Batmobile to adapt his fighting style for new enemies. Art that showed two massive machine guns and a missile launcher on the Batmobile was reportedly featured.
  • Alfred and Bruce Wayne will develop new technology for the members of the Justice League.
  • There are two Batsuits in the film.
    • The first one is similar to the Batman v Superman Batsuit, with the addition of new armor plates under the costume to give it added protection. Batman’s forearms also have added spikes on the outside.
    • The second Batsuit is said to appear towards the end of the film, featuring added carbon fiber, more protection, and a new cowl to add strength and protection around the neck, along with added levels of communication with Alfred and the Justice League. New goggles are also included, which are said to help pilot a new vehicle. This costume also helps amplify his strength even when dealing with an old injury, which leads me to believe this suit will be a modified version of the armor seen at the end of Batman v Superman.

3. The Flash

  • Flash’s costume is made up of 148 pieces, the cowl alone taking up 70 of them. All the pieces have numbers on them to help put it together, and two people have to assist Ezra Miller when dressing.
  • When we first meet up with Flash, it’s been said that his suit is a prototype. Barry Allen supposedly broke into NASA and used 3D printers to help create his costume. The design is very aerodynamic. The costume was also mentioned to have black wires to represent the electricity that will be added in post-production.
  • Barry also has a pair of sneakers with the Flash logo on both sides and on the base.
  • When Wilkinson was designing the Flash’s costume, he claimed that he didn’t feel the need to compete with the TV show due to having to create a design that could fit in Zack Snyder’s universe.

4. Wonder Woman

  • In comparing the version of Wonder Woman from Justice League, to the one we first saw in Batman v Superman, and to the one in her solo film, actress Gal Gadot stated the following:
    • The Wonder Woman we see in the Justice League is similar to the Wonder Woman we saw on BvS. The Wonder Woman that you’ll see in the solo movie she’s different…it’s the coming of age story. It’s about her becoming an adult really. From a child to adult and understanding the complexities of life and human beings.

  • Wonder Woman’s costume has a few changes from Batman v Superman but it’s nothing major.
  • Wonder Woman’s costume is 5,000 years old, with a big blue cape over her costume and on her back appearing in concept art.
  • Everything Gal Gadot wears as Diana Prince is being made by the costume department.

5. Cyborg

  • Cyborg’s suit is being created via CGI from the neck down, but is currently being designed. It’s been noted in a number of articles that, from the neck down, Cyborg will be mostly CGI.
  • Like in the comics, Cyborg’s suit is using technology that he got from one of the Mother Boxes. The technology of his suit is mysterious even to him, leading to him discovering his traditional sonic blaster at some point in the film.
  • Cyborg’s suit can enlarge when provoked or when he goes into a “battle mode.”
  • Cyborg will wear civilian clothes during certain parts of the film.
  • Actor Ray Fisher (Cyborg) spoke about how he came to be involved in Justice League, stating the following:
    • I was in a play off Broadway playing Muhammad Ali at the New York Theatre Workshop three years ago now. And around the time, Ang Lee, one of his upcoming projects was a 3D boxing movie about Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and he came and saw the show at that time. And I hadn’t had an agent or a manager up until that point, but once people caught word of that, they started coming to the show to see who’s this guy that people are coming to look at and from there I signed up and went out to California for a visit and met up with Lord Kennedy and Kristy Carlson from Warner Brothers and they said, “we have something that may be right for you, but we can’t tell you what it is. It’s just in the real of the Batman/Superman universe.” And I was like, “I’m done, I’m done. Sign me up. I’ll play a tree.

6. Aquaman

  • Producer Debbie Snyder confirmed Amber Heard is still playing Mera in Justice League.
  • Willem Dafoe’s mystery role has been revealed as Vulko, Aquaman’s mentor from the comics. He’s been described as being from another generation than Aquaman, with many more layers to his costume.
  • Game of Thrones‘ Kristofer Hivju is set to play “an Ancient Atlantean King,” according to DCEU Facts (via Twitter):

Concept Art

We also got some concept art to go along with the film, including:

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The new Batmobile. Image via batman-news.com

Justice League will arrive in theaters on November 10, 2017.

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