On Saturday, the very brave team behind the Justice League’s marketing efforts went ahead and dropped what they’re calling the “first official trailer” for the film, even though we already got a trailer last July during the San Diego Comic Con. If this trailer does anything, it only serves to prove all of our speculation as to why Ben Affleck is hesitant in moving forward with the rest of the franchise as it feels hastily put together and sloppy at best while falling directly into the footsteps of where all their other films have fallen short.
It’s sad because the comic con trailer looked great. So great in fact I actually took the time to sing its praises, which you can read all about here, but this new trailer took everything good about that, flushed it down the toilet, and let it loose among the sewer trash only to have it resurface for us all to see it’s fully unrendered glory.
When it comes to tearing this trailer to shreds, I’m not even sure where to begin. The opening shot is of a horse in the mountains leading you to believe you accidently clicked on a trailer for some new Himalayan western instead of the new Batman/Superman movie. Batman comes off as a depressed goon who just managed to make off with his daddy’s wallet. The silly and fun scene we saw in the initial comic con trailer between Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen is edited down into a dark and gloomy version of what it once was and every single character is introduced to us by name, except of course for Wonder Women, who continues to remain a nameless female wafting in the background while the trailer tries it’s hardest to make us think that Aquaman is going to be the runaway fan favorite character in the film.
And then there’s Cyborg.
I’m not sure why they decided to use this particular footage of the character when the CGI is (hopefully) still not fully rendered. There were enough people complaining about Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia in Rogue One for the editors to know that this would be a mistake. He looks bad. He looks fake. He looks like he doesn’t at all fit in. The digital effects used may have passed in a mid-2000’s PS3 cut scene, but in this trailer, they’re downright inexcusable.
Then, of course, we get an incredibly terrible rendition of the Beatle’s classic, Come Together, which is so on the nose that mine actually started to bleed. Didn’t they get the memo that people didn’t jive with the classic rock music video montage that was Suicide Squad? I mean, seriously. Seriously.
I’ll never understand how a major motion picture studio can’t manage to get a story right that features so many beloved characters that people are willing to forgive a lot for. It doesn’t matter if it’s not an amazing movie, we just want a good one that’s fun and in the spirit of the characters we all know and love and just like their other attempts, this movie is not that. There are so many blueprints out there for how to make a great superhero movie that it just makes no sense. Hell, the CW is knocking it out of the park with their DC shows. It’s actually gotten to the point where I wish DC/WB would just pour all of the money that they’re sinking into their movies into the TV shows instead because they’re better. They’re more fun. They’re more interesting.
Anyway, if you’re still interested, the trailer is included below. Let me know if I’m just being an old curmudgeon or if I am right and this trailer does seriously blow goats? Your opinion matters people, so let your voices be heard!