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YOU CAN'T SAVE THE WORLD ALONE
"There's an attack coming from far away," Bruce Wayne warns.
"Not coming, Bruce," Diana Prince counters. "It's already here."
In "Justice League," Earth is in the sightlines of the most malevolent alien
an ancient enemy preying on the vulnerability resulting from the Son of
Krypton's death. If
mankind is going to stand a chance of survival, Batman and Wonder Woman must
her fellow metahumans-Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash-to unite, and to fight, in
Picking up shortly after we last saw Bruce and Diana go their separate ways, the
reconnects these two characters who may not always see the same road toward
goal. But it's their shared motivation-to do right by the sacrifice Superman
allows them to find common ground very quickly in order to face Steppenwolf, an
warrior from the nightmare world of Apokolips. He seeks the power to conquer the
and transform it into his own. He is no ordinary villain, and it will take an
to defeat him.
Zack Snyder states, "Just the idea of getting the Justice League together on the
playing field, taking their place in the cinematic landscape as a team and
embarking on an
amazing adventure...the mere concept of it was awe-inspiring."
Charles Roven, who has produced more than half a dozen films in the genre, says,
"One of the reasons I produce these movies is because it's so rewarding-honoring
canon, finding new ways to reinvigorate it, reinventing it for a different
medium and creating
additional lore as you go. Hopefully the result is something for everyone, fans
old and new.
And now, with all these characters coming together for the first time, we're
able to introduce
a few new characters for movie audiences to get to know...and to follow in the
In the film, the loss of Superman-of hope-is the catalyst for everything that
on both sides. But there is little time to mourn, and even less time to take
action. Earth is
vulnerable, primed for attack because of that void. And because the hero who
stood for hope
and justice is gone, the League must unite in his stead, to fight for the world
Producer Deborah Snyder adds, "These characters all have such unique
and such different powers and abilities, and the chance to pool them together to
powerful they can be as a unit was such a thrill. Not to mention the urgency of
There's no time to practice. It's game on from the moment they come together,
is an extremely formidable enemy."
To form the League, the story takes us to the ends of the Earth and beyond: from
gritty Gotham to Central City, the populous Paris to the frozen wilds of
Themyscira to Atlantis, and from buzzing Metropolis to the serenity of
Smallville. If Bruce and
Diana can succeed in recruiting the others for this larger-than-life battle in
which all their
worlds are at stake, they will come together as the greatest team of Super
Heroes in the DC
Wisdom, compassion, courage, strength, super-speed, superior cybernetics, and
some seriously stealth Bat-transports. Even combined, will it be enough to save
from the epic threat that has risen?
With age comes experience, especially if you're Bruce Wayne, who has been
up as the vigilante Dark Knight for more than half his life. He's seen it all...or
so he thought.
Mastery of the martial arts, extreme strength and endurance, high-tech suits,
weaponized gadgetry, a brilliant deductive mind, and vast personal resources-all
hand, all this he's fine-tuned so he could go it alone.
That Bruce Wayne is reaching out to others is a reflection of the side of
takes pains to hide, but which is at the core of his personality and his
popularity. Ben Affleck,
who also executive produced the film, suits up for his third turn as the
character who serves
as a bridge, the actor believes, between humans and metahumans. Now, Batman will
to build a bridge between heroes-himself included.
"Batman still really resonates because on the one hand he's a Super Hero, but on
other hand he is just like us," Affleck states. "He feels vulnerable; he bleeds
if you cut him.
He is a real person on the inside and yet he is 'super.' There are all kinds of
inherent in that, which makes for interesting storytelling."
The Batman comics, he continues, "are mystery stories at their root. Mysteries
self, of character and identity, as well as the mystery that man is, and always
will remain, to
a certain extent, to himself."
Now, following the loss of Superman, Batman must take it upon himself to dig
to find a way to not only accept help but actively seek it. For once, Batman
will have to
engage with others, and to do that, he'll have to be...engaging.
Roven notes, "You'd never call Batman endearing, but now, in this particular
Ben makes him so because the character is struggling to come out of that
darkness, to find
a way to actually inspire others to work with him. And it's so wonderful to
watch Ben play a
completely different kind of tone with that character. He can still get dark in
the role, and he
does. This is Batman, after all. But he's also got a sense of humor that comes
out of this
effort he makes that's completely like a fish-out-of-water scenario for him, and
Ben is just
great at it."
The first person who in fact seeks Bruce out is one he has already formed
of a friendship with-Diana Prince. Bruce once told her he feels there's some
of attack coming. When it comes to Batman's sense of impending danger, he's
However, "Bruce was wrong about Superman, and it cost him his first real ally,
and the world
so much more," Affleck says. "He won't make that mistake again."
Too late, Bruce realized that Superman, an alien, was in many ways better able
connect to humanity than he himself can. "The fact that we can be alien even to
really made a big impression on me and on the way I looked at the Batman
forward into this film," Affleck continues. "As Bruce says, 'Superman was a
beacon to the
world. He didn't just save people, he made them see the best parts of
something that Bruce never considered before, I think, and it was a fascinating
way to grow
the character into a team player."
Deborah Snyder observes, "Bruce Wayne was really touched by Superman's
it gave him faith in humanity. But he also feels he let Superman down, so he
decides he has
an even greater responsibility to protect the world from the danger he was
warned about, and
to do it in memory of Superman so his death wasn't in vain. So, Bruce asks Diana
him put a team together."
If Batman has years of experience to draw on, Wonder Woman has the wisdom of the
ages, with countless years of training behind her before she ever stepped into
Along with her mastery of all forms of combat, she wields her Lasso of Hestia,
anyone in its grip to speak the truth, wears bullet-deflecting wrist gauntlets,
impenetrable shield, and dons her beloved Aunt Antiope's treasured headband.
Never afraid to head into battle covertly-she's been doing so since she first
for and alongside man in World War I-Diana Prince has been fighting for justice,
Woman, whenever called upon. Just such a call came when she aided Batman and
Superman as they faced off against Doomsday. In winning that fight, Superman was
sacrificing himself for the greater good. It's an act Diana can understand all
too well. But
already an even greater evil is threatening, and she must join forces with
Batman in order to
Gal Gadot, who had barely finished filming "Wonder Woman" when she started
"Justice League," found it easy to slip back into character, but she was
unprepared for the joy of seeing the League come together.
"Wearing my costume felt like the most normal thing because I had been doing it
six months before," Gadot states. "But seeing everyone else wearing their own
was wonderful. I remember the first three days, I kept looking at all the guys
and me in
costume, and I just kept laughing because it felt so surreal. So many Super
together. It was really great to be shooting this movie."
Before the team comes together, they have to be found. All that Bruce knows of
of their various whereabouts is what he confiscated from the LexCorp files and
Amanda Waller gave him. But he's kept tabs on Diana, and just as he attempts to
to her, she shows up. "The first hero Diana connects with is Batman-more
Bruce Wayne," says Gadot. "They challenge each other, and although Batman is
dark, weary character, and Diana is pure and optimistic, they also have a lot in
have been trying to isolate themselves from the world in some way."
"Wonder Woman is the greatest warrior," declares Gadot. "She has such amazing
strength, but at the same time she can be very, well, human. She cares so much
and she just wants to make the world a better place because she sees the world
special. Life is so complicated and we forget about the simple things, but she
remembers them: love, hope, do good in the world. And I think that's something
can aspire to."
Like Batman, Wonder Woman has to learn to step out of the shadows, to join
and eventually take the lead again, on a bigger scale than even she's ever
Zack Snyder says, "Like her onscreen counterpart, Gal is a force to be reckoned
and a joy to work with on and off set. She takes no prisoners, and at the same
time has the
biggest heart. She is Wonder Woman."
When Bruce recruits Barry Allen, it's experience meets enthusiasm, but what else
the younger man got? Unlike Wonder Woman's or Batman's years of fighting all
enemies, Barry admits he's never actually done battle, stating nervously, "I've
some people and run away."
Of course, he can run-to call him fast is, according to Barry, an
To say the least.
An excessively energetic student attending Central City College, Barry studies
justice with the hope of one day freeing his incarcerated father. More than
eager to team up
with the crime-fighting icon Batman, Barry's quick mind is surpassed only by his
move at hyper-speed.
Ezra Miller, who plays the dual role, is himself a longtime fan of the comics,
character, and the physics behind him. "The Flash is a scientist in the sense
that a scientist
studies the natural order of things, makes observations and performs
explains. "But Barry's inherently interested in quantum mechanics because he's
running into them.
"When we first meet Barry in the film," Miller continues, "he's just awakening
powers. He hasn't really tested them out, he's not yet breached the event
horizon, as it were.
But he's starting to feel there's an opportunity waiting for him."
That opportunity comes in the form of none other than Bruce Wayne. Initially
when Barry realizes it is actually the Batman who is asking for assistance, he
is unable to
contain his excitement, a feeling Miller expects the audience will share. "The
Flash is a
gateway character," says Miller. "He's like any of us would be, a spectator
being brought into the game. He's giddy and delighted, bemused and confused...and
admittedly really scared."
As portrayed by Miller, Barry's youth and naivetÃ© only add to his charm. But the
molecules whirring about within Barry give him a nervous energy and a rapid-fire
conversational style that could wear on his more world-weary counterparts were
it not for his
genuine enthusiasm and complete willingness to join the League. A League which
according to Bruce... "Not enough."
According to Deborah Snyder, Miller made a huge impression on his fellow cast
and the crew. "Ezra is just really, really funny," she says. "We often found
up on set because he got so into the character that sometimes he would depart
script and ad lib, and it was always something hilarious and totally
Roven adds, "Ezra's a very unique kind of actor. He engages you in so many
ways. Besides being tremendously funny, he's extremely warm. And as The Flash,
that wit and sarcasm, you get this sense of vulnerability about him that was
perfect for the
character and the story."
Despite his natural levity, Miller felt the weight of joining the League when he
onto the set among the other Super Heroes. "It was that feeling when you look at
you know, at real people, but you suddenly see an Alex Ross painting in front of
you're in it, too!" he exclaims.
In the modern world, many people-millennials, especially-can find it hard to
to leave the internet and its constant stream of information behind for a day,
or even for a few
hours. But what if you are the internet? What if you are what's "plugged in,"
with a continuous,
24-hour cycle of information cycling through you?
Victor Stone was once a star college quarterback at Gotham City University, but
horrific accident nearly cost him his life. His father, scientist Silas Stone,
saved his son, but
at a price. Now half-man, half-machine, Victor spends his days and nights in an
understand his new biomechanic body parts that have him tapped into everything.
so that he knows Bruce and Diana are looking for him almost before they do.
"Cyborg became the very technology that was used to rebuild him," explains Ray
Fisher, who plays the newly minted metahuman. "The technology his father used
and it imbued him with super-abilities. He has super-strength. He can fly. He's
which means he can interface with anything technological. He has worlds of
his disposal, not just from our galaxy but also from other universes. But it's
all pretty new, so
he struggles with it. It begs the question, 'How deeply should you allow
yourself to become
entrenched in the idea of who and what you are?'"
"Cyborg has a really interesting journey because he has to come to grips with
that the alien technology responsible for him being alive is the same
that threatens the Earth," Roven states. "Will his humanity be able to master
the alien tech,
or will the alien tech ultimately win out? An actor that can make you believe
both aspects of
his dilemma, that is a testament to his talent."
Cyborg prefers to stay hidden, still unaccustomed to his new body and not yet in
control of his abilities, but for Fisher, joining the League was a no-brainer.
"Being part of this
cast feels like coming full circle," he says. "I grew up with Batman. I grew up
tying a towel
around my neck and jumping off my porch like I was Superman-that sort of thing.
I am. I couldn't have imagined my life unfolding the way it did."
Fisher felt like that kid again when he stood among the rest of the League
on set. "The day we were all up on this wall, together for the first time, it
was like watching
my eight-year-old self's dreams come true. When I watched the playback of this
sophisticated camera movement that Zack and Fabian choreographed, I almost shed
I held it together pretty good, though!" he laughs.
Holding firm to his belief that a strong man is strongest alone, Arthur Curry is
wildcard. When Bruce tracks him down in a remote Icelandic fishing village, it's
seems a safe
bet that no amount of persuading will induce the Aquaman of lore to forego his
works, or his self-imposed solitude.
In other words, Arthur is not a team player. The offspring of a human father and
royal mother from the legendary underwater city of Atlantis, Arthur has never
felt truly at home
either on land or at sea. But in the frigid outland he calls home, the man with
the wild hair,
hulking body, and piercing eyes has discovered some semblance of peace, and he
interested in leaving the fringe community he protects, and that protects his
Elaborating on the character he plays, Jason Momoa says, "He's the heir to the
of Atlantis, but he's not the king yet. So, as always, he's between worlds. But
here at the
frozen ends of the earth, he has a purpose. Arthur is a good man, he helps
genuinely need him, and he's found a place where they accept and respect him. He
off his 'mask' here."
Momoa himself could be considered a somewhat untraditional choice for the
character, as the actor doesn't quite look like typical illustrations of
Aquaman, from any era.
But it's an example of Zack Snyder's tendency to think outside the box-or,
perhaps, to look
deep inside. "For me, Jason embodies the spirit and heart of the character," he
has a rugged energy and is incredibly smart. This was not a hero we wanted to
have a lot of
polish, and Jason's got that little bit of rock n' roll that makes Aquaman
relatable and cool,
but at the same time, like all DC supers, aspirational."
Similar to Wonder Woman's status as a demi-goddess, Aquaman's half-Atlantean
heritage gives him an ancient, mythical quality, which, in his case, is only
by his intuitive understanding of Earth's vast and still largely untapped oceans
mysteries they hold. But while Diana grew up on the stories of Amazon
worked out her own feelings on that score-Arthur has yet to begin that personal
making him still feel somewhat alien to his place in the world. But when the
is at his own door, joining the League becomes inevitable.
"When he finds he has a place in the Justice League, that's when he begins to
he could fit in somewhere," Momoa observes. "And he can really put his skills to
Those talents include wielding a gleaming, powerful Trident that can part the
swimming speeds and the ability to breathe on both land and under water.
Roven observes, "It's interesting to me that all these metahumans-and even
who doesn't have superpowers but has essentially lived as someone who does-all
somewhere in their history, a sense of alienation or abandonment. It's what
unites them, in
a sense, and why it makes sense for them to come together."
In the film, what ultimately unites them is a need to save the Earth from
destruction at the hands of an alien enemy, Steppenwolf, and his army of
what sparks the mission, what causes Bruce Wayne to bring these heroes together,
promise he made to another, to a fallen hero: Superman.
"There's nothing quite like playing Superman," says Henry Cavill, for whom the
time in the role is just as sweet as the first. "It's still surreal."
Add to that the presence of five other DC heroes around him. Cavill remembers,
"There was a moment where I was really tired near the end of a long day, and I
'I'm hungry and I'm looking forward to getting to bed.' And then I realized I
Aquaman, and Wonder Woman all standing in front of me, and they were in costume
looked so fantastic. And all of a sudden, my fatigue went away. I just wanted to
live in the
moment and appreciate that I'm doing the thing that I wanted to do as a kid, but
as real as it
gets as an adult. You become very thankful for that kind of thing."
Superman personified a higher calling to truth and justice and a deep respect
humanity. The absence of this idol, whose sacrifice stunned the world, inspires
of the Justice League. But there are others who struggle to right their worlds,
immediacy of a mission.
While the world laments the loss of its protector, Lois Lane and Martha Kent are
grieving a more personal loss. "Martha is seeing everyone mourning this Superman
character, but she's mourning Clark, her son," says Cavill. "And she can't tell
Superman was her son. It's a terrible loneliness and pain for her to go through.
excruciating for both Martha and Lois to see all these people mourning a man
that none of
them truly knew."
Diane Lane returns as Martha, and Amy Adams reprises the role of Lois Lane.
surmises her character, once a dogged reporter and crusader, has lost her sense
"She's now Lois after Clark," says the actress. "She's not the same person that
she was, and
she definitely feels the absence of the hope that he had brought into her life.
devastating, so she's isolating herself." Instead, she writes fluff pieces for
the Daily Planet,
because, as Adams observes, "she can't go back and face the world again just
Along with Lane and Adams, Jeremy Irons returns as the indispensable Alfred
Pennyworth, without whom it would be hard enough to be Bruce Wayne-and near
impossible to be Batman. "Wouldn't we all want an Alfred?" Irons posits. "He's
uncomplaining, keeps the vehicles running, does a bit of cooking, is a good
advisor, and a
calming influence. I mean, he's not a Super Hero, but in some small, retiring
way, I think he
could be regarded as a hero-with a small 'h' perhaps."
Of course, one of Alfred's primary functions has always been to look after
Wayne," including questioning his actions or motivations, when necessary. Having
the rather unsociable figure for so many years, Alfred is understandably
skeptical when he
brings some "friends" home. "Alfred's not sure how much of a team builder Batman
notes. "He's not even sure how much of a team player he is. But hopefully he's
past mistakes. And Alfred is loyal to him, regardless."
Batman's other longtime partner in crime fighting is Gotham City Police
Jim Gordon. J.K. Simmons plays the role, and readily admits, "Being part of this
the DC universe, is a real treat for an actor. And to play Jim Gordon is an
If openly working with a known vigilante is breaking the rules, Gordon has long
the kind of man who knows when the rules aren't working so well. Simmons offers,
"Vigilantism is a two-sided coin, and obviously it's an essential element of the
Universe. Gordon is the Police Commissioner, so supporting and even working
Batman-and now others-has never been exactly a politically correct move for him.
with Gotham City falling apart at the seams, and with the new threat from
he really needs his old ally. Gordon knows how to handle himself; he's a pretty
compared to most, but Batman (and friends) make him pretty puny by comparison.
alliance just makes sense."
For these heroes to corral the extraordinary forces against them will be no easy
they'll have to draw on their individual powers-and work together to combine
their many and
diverse strengths-as they confront an escalating enemy to the far corners of the
It is a herculean effort for the characters, and no less so for the massive cast
considering the scale of the production. However, according to Affleck, the
upbeat tone and
cheerful camaraderie that permeated the shoot lay at the feet of Zack Snyder.
"Zack has a
lot of energy, enthusiasm and passion. He was 100 percent dedicated to the work
and he has this boyish energy where he's just psyched to be at work, which
it feel a lot less like work."
A number of noted actors joined the ensemble, including Joe Morton as Silas
Victor's father and the head of STAR Labs, whose groundbreaking work on alien
may be invaluable, but is most certainly dangerous. Connie Nielsen returns as
mother, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons and the first to warn her daughter of
the gravity of
the looming threat. And Amber Heard is Mera, an Atlantean who attempts to
world from an attack by Steppenwolf, played by CiarÃ¡n Hinds.
Zack Snyder attests, "It's really great to have such incredible actors in every
Because each performance is so good, it elevates each scene and makes these
we know from the pages of comic books feel very real."
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