All eyes are on Warner Bros. lately, as they have a slate of superhero movies scheduled to be released over the next few years.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is due to be released on 25th March this year and it will mark the beginning of the DC Cinematic Universe. Some of the founding members of Justice League including Wonder Woman and Aquaman will also make cameo appearances in the film before eventually appearing in 2018’s “Justice League Part One”.
All the major characters in the “Justice League” film have been cast and the release dates for their solo films have also been announced.
In anticipation of these DC Comics films, filmmaker/writer/lifelong comics fan Kevin Smith hosted an half-hour special titled “DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League” on The CW. Featuring DC Entertainment’s COO Geoff Johns, the special offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the upcoming DC movies, including “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad”, as well as glimpses of DC’s most famous Super Villains as well.
Prior to the premiere of the special, DC Films took to Facebook to share the first concept art of “Justice League”, which also gave us glimpses at characters such as Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg.
A total of 3 character-specific featurettes for the cast of “Justice League” were also released during the special.
Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, the King of the Seven Seas, will be portrayed by “Game of Thrones” actor Jason Momoa. In the Aquaman featurette, John revealed that “he’s the son of a lighthouse keeper and the Queen of Atlantis”.
He further explained:
He starts to develop these powers. He can breathe under water. He can communicate with sea life. He’s very strong. He grows up not really feeling like he belongs in either world. So he’s man trapped between 2 worlds, but has a responsibility to protect both of them.
Momoa was also featured in the special as he explained, “He’s the only one that both: he’s human and he’s a god. I want to see him struggle with how he has these powers and he doesn’t know how to handle them, he hasn’t been trained.”
In the featurette, Miller explained:
He’s been struck by the lightning, that’s the mythos, but he’s a human. He can run through walls, he can run across water, he can run so fast that he can move into another plane of frequency where there’s another reality.
Similar to Aquaman, he will eventually join Justice League.
Another Justice League member that was also featured in the special is Cyborg,
“Victor Stone is an athlete, whose father is a scientist,” Johns said of Cyborg. “Victor is in a horrible accident and it is only through his father’s talents and skills in technology that he survives. But he survives only because he’s rebuilt into a cyborg.” He later added.
Ray Fisher, who joined the cast as Cyborg, also explained:
He’s online 24/7. He doesn’t sleep. He just takes in data. He is a technopath, which means he can just interface seamlessly with anything technological.
“His greatest weakness is actually trying not to succumb to the technology. Trying to stay human,” he added.
Though the Green Lantern Corps are nowhere to be seen in the special, Johns confirmed that they will indeed be part of Justice League.
Justice League will be joined by Ben Affleck‘s Batman, Henry Cavill‘s Superman, and Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman aka the DC Trinity. “The Flash” will race into theatres on 23rd March 2018 while “Aquaman” will be released on 27th July 2018. “Cyborg” is set to be released on 3rd April 2020.
Watch the featurettes below:
“Justice League Part One” will debut in theatres on 10th November 2017.