UPDATE with video: Warner Bros’ full plate for its Comic-Con Hall H panel got a bit fuller today when the studio surprised fans by showing teaser footage of the DC Universe pic Justice League after bringing onstage director Zack Snyder and cast including Ben Affleck (Batman and new executive producer), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Henry Cavill (Superman) onstage to deafening applause.
The footage at first blush feels like a repudiation of Batman V Superman — it’s immediately funnier and better directed than anything pre-release marketing for BvS showed. It was funny, colorful and quick, with none of the mournful, plodding tone of the other films to date. Among the highlights: Batman cracks jokes, and hell even The Flash gets a bit star-struck when he realizes Bruce Wayne is Batman.
It’s the latest sign of Warners’ shift in direction after the so-so response to the DC Universe launchpad that was BvS that includes the upcoming franchise pic Suicide Squad.
There has been little info on the progress of Justice League. Last month, Affleck tweeted out the logo for the pic, and Warner Bros unveiled a logline: 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 meta-humans 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.
The pic has a November 17, 2017 release date.