The Illusion of Hope: A Brief Analysis of the Justice League Trailer


Possibly one of the most anticipated superhero movies of the decade, The Justice League has just released its second trailer and the world seems to be basking in its glory.

I, for one, did think that it was a solid trailer, one with an air about it that, surprisingly for a DCEU film, was not overly dark. Call me childish, but I personally don’t enjoy trailers — or films, for that matter — that like to smother people in all the “hidden darkness.” This is, however, exactly what I was expecting from a Justice League trailer, especially given Zack Snyder’s heavy involvement in the film. On top of that, I’m confused and slightly frustrated by Superman’s absence from the trailer, but have decided to forgive that for the time being.

Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the Guardians of the Galaxy/Suicide Squad-esque atmosphere of the trailer. It looked like a legitimate comic book film, one that is engaging and fun to watch, rather than a repeat of Batman v. Superman, which left people checking their watches to see when the plot-hole-ridden-snore-fest would finally end.

As of now, I’m particularly excited for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. Though they had less screen time than Ben Affleck’s Batman or Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, they left the largest impression on me.

Overall, the trailer looks promising.

However, this was my exact thought behind Suicide Squad and we all know how that turned out. From what we know about Zack Snyder, it’s clear that he cannot be trusted with handling a franchise with so much potential. The fact that he both wrote and directed this movie has me terrified. I’d hate to see another highly anticipated DCEU film fail due to poor writing and direction by a man with no place in the production process.

So, do I have hope? Absolutely.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not currently mentally preparing myself for disappointment.


– Mary