For a figure that has been largely absent from the Justice League marketing blitz hitherto, Superman has caused an awful lot of debate online.
Those who are fully up-to-date with the DC Extended Universe will know that Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel died in the battle against Doomsday at the tail end of Batman V Superman, leaving the world to fall into disarray without its untainted beacon of hope leading by example. Crime rates are through the roof, and to make matters worse, Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader has been totally absent from Metropolis and Gotham City. Or has he?
To prepare for the oncoming Steppenwolf, the Dark Knight and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman have been busy tracking down the remaining metahumans – namely Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg – to mount a defense against Ciaran Hinds’ alien entity and his army of winged Parademons. Steppenwolf is ostensibly the devil reincarnate, so it’s small wonder why Bruce Wayne has sent Alfred (Jeremy Irons) off on a mission to retrieve the Man of Steel (or should that be Green Lantern?).
Either way, it looks like the studio’s continuing to keep the beloved hero in the shadows, as a new Justice League poster was spotted overseas this week. Seen below, it places the focus on each hero’s alter-ego – Victor Stone, Diana Prince, Bruce Wayne, Barry Allen and Arthur Curry – but noticeably absent is, of course, Clark Kent. We don’t expect that to change, either, as aside from popping up here and there, most of the marketing material has kept him out of the spotlight and with Warner Bros. intent on having the details surrounding Supes’ resurrection remain a secret, we’ll likely have to wait until November to see more of him.
Outside of the core six mentioned above, the studio has filled its cast with the likes of Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, Amber Heard as Mera and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. They’ll all – or at least, most of them – come together to help the titular heroes protect the world from Steppenwolf (whose role has been strengthened thanks to some reshoots) when Justice League charges into theatres on November 17th.