From the looks of things, his absence will cause a rippling effect in Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s DC tentpole, with today’s overly familiar theatrical trailer teasing a world that has fallen into chaos since his ultimate sacrifice at the tail-end of Dawn of Justice. Crime rates are through the roof, and Ben Affleck’s brooding Caped Crusader has been licking his wounds – both physical and emotional – in the shadows. But there’s a new threat emerging on the horizon – the cosmic horizon, that is, as Ciaran Hinds’ Steppenwolf is bound for planet Earth in search of the Mother Boxes.
They are, in essence, the film’s MacGuffins – three ancient artifacts that have been buried on our planet ever since Darkseid waged war on humanity eons ago. And the DC mega-villain has sent his subordinate to collect them after all these years. Steppenwolf won’t be alone, however, as he’s brought an army of Parademons to give the Justice League a run for their money. “This is crazy. Fighting the devil and his army…in hell.”
Justice League swoops into theaters on November 17th, when Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s ensemble flick will become the fifth entry into the DC Extended Universe to date. But can it channel the blistering success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman movie? Or will it struggle to overcome the hurdles and production woes that befell Suicide Squad? Time will tell.
Beyond 2017, and aside from locking down a late 2019 release date for Wonder Woman 2, Warner Bros. has been coy about its future plans for the DCEU, but there have been rumblings that David Sandberg’s Shazam movie – a film that is seemingly much more light-heartened when compared to the rest of WB’s superhero output – is next in line to enter production ahead of its debut in the early stages of 2019.