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"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 force ever, 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 convince her fellow metahumans-Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash-to unite, and to fight, in defense of humanity.

Picking up shortly after we last saw Bruce and Diana go their separate ways, the story reconnects these two characters who may not always see the same road toward their shared goal. But it's their shared motivation-to do right by the sacrifice Superman made-that allows them to find common ground very quickly in order to face Steppenwolf, an eight-foot-tall warrior from the nightmare world of Apokolips. He seeks the power to conquer the world and transform it into his own. He is no ordinary villain, and it will take an extraordinary force to defeat him.

Zack Snyder states, "Just the idea of getting the Justice League together on the same 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 the 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 future."

In the film, the loss of Superman-of hope-is the catalyst for everything that happens, 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 he saved. Producer Deborah Snyder adds, "These characters all have such unique personalities, and such different powers and abilities, and the chance to pool them together to see how powerful they can be as a unit was such a thrill. Not to mention the urgency of their mission. There's no time to practice. It's game on from the moment they come together, because this is an extremely formidable enemy."

To form the League, the story takes us to the ends of the Earth and beyond: from a gritty Gotham to Central City, the populous Paris to the frozen wilds of Iceland, from 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 universe.


Wisdom, compassion, courage, strength, super-speed, superior cybernetics, and some seriously stealth Bat-transports. Even combined, will it be enough to save the world from the epic threat that has risen?


With age comes experience, especially if you're Bruce Wayne, who has been suiting 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, highly weaponized gadgetry, a brilliant deductive mind, and vast personal resources-all this at hand, all this he's fine-tuned so he could go it alone. Until now.

That Bruce Wayne is reaching out to others is a reflection of the side of himself he 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 have to build a bridge between heroes-himself included.

"Batman still really resonates because on the one hand he's a Super Hero, but on the 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 contradictions inherent in that, which makes for interesting storytelling."

The Batman comics, he continues, "are mystery stories at their root. Mysteries of the 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 deep, 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 story, 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 something of a friendship with-Diana Prince. Bruce once told her he feels there's some imminent type of attack coming. When it comes to Batman's sense of impending danger, he's usually right. 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 to connect to humanity than he himself can. "The fact that we can be alien even to ourselves really made a big impression on me and on the way I looked at the Batman character going 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 themselves.' That's 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 sacrifice; 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 to help 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 man's world. Along with her mastery of all forms of combat, she wields her Lasso of Hestia, which compels anyone in its grip to speak the truth, wears bullet-deflecting wrist gauntlets, carries an 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 fought for and alongside man in World War I-Diana Prince has been fighting for justice, as Wonder 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 lost, 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 face it.

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 nevertheless 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 for six months before," Gadot states. "But seeing everyone else wearing their own costumes 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 Heroes, standing 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 most of their various whereabouts is what he confiscated from the LexCorp files and the dossiers Amanda Waller gave him. But he's kept tabs on Diana, and just as he attempts to reach out to her, she shows up. "The first hero Diana connects with is Batman-more specifically, Bruce Wayne," says Gadot. "They challenge each other, and although Batman is usually a dark, weary character, and Diana is pure and optimistic, they also have a lot in common: both 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 for people and she just wants to make the world a better place because she sees the world as very special. Life is so complicated and we forget about the simple things, but she always remembers them: love, hope, do good in the world. And I think that's something that everyone can aspire to."

Like Batman, Wonder Woman has to learn to step out of the shadows, to join forces and eventually take the lead again, on a bigger scale than even she's ever known. Zack Snyder says, "Like her onscreen counterpart, Gal is a force to be reckoned with, 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 has the younger man got? Unlike Wonder Woman's or Batman's years of fighting all manner of enemies, Barry admits he's never actually done battle, stating nervously, "I've just pushed some people and run away."

Of course, he can run-to call him fast is, according to Barry, an oversimplification. To say the least.

An excessively energetic student attending Central City College, Barry studies criminal 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 ability to move at hyper-speed.

Ezra Miller, who plays the dual role, is himself a longtime fan of the comics, the 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 experiments," Miller explains. "But Barry's inherently interested in quantum mechanics because he's literally running into them.

"When we first meet Barry in the film," Miller continues, "he's just awakening to his 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 resistant, 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 excited about 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 naiveté 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 numbers, according to Bruce... "Not enough."

According to Deborah Snyder, Miller made a huge impression on his fellow cast mates and the crew. "Ezra is just really, really funny," she says. "We often found ourselves cracking up on set because he got so into the character that sometimes he would depart from the script and ad lib, and it was always something hilarious and totally unexpected."

Roven adds, "Ezra's a very unique kind of actor. He engages you in so many different ways. Besides being tremendously funny, he's extremely warm. And as The Flash, within 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 stepped onto the set among the other Super Heroes. "It was that feeling when you look at someone you know, at real people, but you suddenly see an Alex Ross painting in front of you. And you're in it, too!" he exclaims.


In the modern world, many people-millennials, especially-can find it hard to unplug, 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 a 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 attempt to understand his new biomechanic body parts that have him tapped into everything. So much 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 was alien and it imbued him with super-abilities. He has super-strength. He can fly. He's a technopath, which means he can interface with anything technological. He has worlds of information at 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 the fact that the alien technology responsible for him being alive is the same Apokoliptian technology 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. Now here 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 members 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 beautifully sophisticated camera movement that Zack and Fabian choreographed, I almost shed a tear. I held it together pretty good, though!" he laughs.


Holding firm to his belief that a strong man is strongest alone, Arthur Curry is a 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 solitary good works, or his self-imposed solitude.

In other words, Arthur is not a team player. The offspring of a human father and a 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 isn't interested in leaving the fringe community he protects, and that protects his anonymity in return.

Elaborating on the character he plays, Jason Momoa says, "He's the heir to the throne 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 people who genuinely need him, and he's found a place where they accept and respect him. He can take 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 offers. "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 further enhanced by his intuitive understanding of Earth's vast and still largely untapped oceans and the mysteries they hold. But while Diana grew up on the stories of Amazon history-and has worked out her own feelings on that score-Arthur has yet to begin that personal journey, making him still feel somewhat alien to his place in the world. But when the proverbial wolf 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 think he could fit in somewhere," Momoa observes. "And he can really put his skills to good use." Those talents include wielding a gleaming, powerful Trident that can part the sea, exceptional 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 Batman, who doesn't have superpowers but has essentially lived as someone who does-all have, 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 certain destruction at the hands of an alien enemy, Steppenwolf, and his army of parademons. But what sparks the mission, what causes Bruce Wayne to bring these heroes together, is a promise he made to another, to a fallen hero: Superman.

"There's nothing quite like playing Superman," says Henry Cavill, for whom the third 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 was thinking 'I'm hungry and I'm looking forward to getting to bed.' And then I realized I had Cyborg, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman all standing in front of me, and they were in costume and it 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 for all humanity. The absence of this idol, whose sacrifice stunned the world, inspires the formation of the Justice League. But there are others who struggle to right their worlds, without the 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 anyone that Superman was her son. It's a terrible loneliness and pain for her to go through. It's 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. Adams surmises her character, once a dogged reporter and crusader, has lost her sense of purpose. "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. It feels 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 yet."


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 "Master Wayne," including questioning his actions or motivations, when necessary. Having served 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 is," Irons notes. "He's not even sure how much of a team player he is. But hopefully he's learned from past mistakes. And Alfred is loyal to him, regardless."

Batman's other longtime partner in crime fighting is Gotham City Police Commissioner Jim Gordon. J.K. Simmons plays the role, and readily admits, "Being part of this world, joining the DC universe, is a real treat for an actor. And to play Jim Gordon is an honor."

If openly working with a known vigilante is breaking the rules, Gordon has long been 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 DC Universe. Gordon is the Police Commissioner, so supporting and even working alongside Batman-and now others-has never been exactly a politically correct move for him. But, with Gotham City falling apart at the seams, and with the new threat from Who-Knows-Where, he really needs his old ally. Gordon knows how to handle himself; he's a pretty tough guy compared to most, but Batman (and friends) make him pretty puny by comparison. The alliance just makes sense."

For these heroes to corral the extraordinary forces against them will be no easy task; 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 globe, and beyond.

It is a herculean effort for the characters, and no less so for the massive cast and crew 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 every day, and he has this boyish energy where he's just psyched to be at work, which naturally makes it feel a lot less like work."

A number of noted actors joined the ensemble, including Joe Morton as Silas Stone, Victor's father and the head of STAR Labs, whose groundbreaking work on alien technology may be invaluable, but is most certainly dangerous. Connie Nielsen returns as Diana's 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 protect her world from an attack by Steppenwolf, played by Ciarán Hinds.

Zack Snyder attests, "It's really great to have such incredible actors in every role. Because each performance is so good, it elevates each scene and makes these characters we know from the pages of comic books feel very real."

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