In just ten days, a handful of DC superheroes will come together on the big screen for the first time. Justice League, which unites Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash (plus Superman eventually), will finally arrive in theaters. But we're still learning bits and pieces about the team-up ahead of its release. Here's the latest:
There will be a post-credits scene
Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC movies don't always have mid-credits or post-credits scenes. Neither Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice nor Wonder Woman have any extras after their credits begin, but Suicide Squad does offer fans a mid-credits meeting between Bruce Wayne and Amanda Waller. Well, Justice League will be another to have one, according to actor Jason Momoa. He told the BBC that "you've gotta sit through the whole thing and go through the credits...it's fantastic."
What the scene entails was not revealed, of course, but since this is coming from Momoa we can guess it's a tease of his solo spin-off Aquaman, which is the next DC movie, arriving in late 2018. Other possibilities being speculated by fans include an introduction to a new Green Lantern or a cliffhanger involving supervillain Darkseid. Momoa does confirm that it's a scene that was in the script and was shot by original Justice League director Zack Snyder so maybe it's something more tied to the plot of Justice League.
Budget concerns kept the running time down
A new report by the Wall Street Journal goes deeper into the problems of the DC movies as well as how Warner Bros. is changing things going forward. Among the details shared (via ComicBookMovie.com) is an explanation for why Justice League will be abnormally short compared to the rest of the installments of the franchise. WB Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara apparently thought the movie was already costing too much at a price of more than $300 million.
Such a huge budget is partly a result of the "significant reshoots." Following a last-minute rewrite by Snyder and Chris Terrio to make Justice League more appealing in tone after criticisms with previous DC movies, Warner Bros. also had replacement director Joss Whedon push for an even lighter final product. Then there was a matter of trying to meld Snyder and Whedon's differing tones into a cohesive singular movie.
Also in the article, Warner Bros. president Toby Emmerich addressed the new plans for the DC franchise to have a "reset year" in 2018 and its focus more on individual directors' visions than the machinations of a greater cinematic universe. "We don’t want to limit the creativity filmmakers can bring to the table by saying these characters have to come in a particular order and all fit into the same universe," he told the paper.
Superman is front and center of a new motion poster
Warner Bros. can now stop pretending that Superman isn't in Justice League, despite the character dying in Batman v Superman. Obviously Henry Cavill is returning as the Man of Steel, albeit maybe not in the iconic form most audiences are used to. In a new motion poster advertising Justice League, though, he does appear in his signature red and blue alongside the tagline "Hope Never Dies." Check it out below.
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Justice League hits theaters on November 17.