This is going to be a huge year for the DCEU – not only is there a solo Wonder Woman movie to look forward to (the first female-fronted superhero film in over a decade!), but DC is bringing their best-known super-team to the big screen: The Justice League.
The first full trailer for the film dropped over the weekend, and unsurprisingly, fans have been going crazy over their first look at Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) as a team. Superman (Henry Cavill), however, was noticeably absent from the trailer.
As well as building excitement for the movie, the new trailer has sparked speculation and comparison – both with the previous DCEU movies, and with the films of the MCU. This is to be expected, as the Justice League is DC’s first major ensemble movie, and is naturally being compared to the MCU’s The Avengers. Now, a fan-made film is taking the comparison even further.
We Got This Covered released a video made from clips of the original Avengers movie cut together to resemble the style of the Justice League trailer. The video is two minutes and 39 seconds long, compared to the two minutes and 32 seconds of the Justice League trailer, and matches both tone and content incredibly closely.
This new Avengers trailer uses the same music (a cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together”), basic format, and action-heavy approach as the Justice League trailer. It introduces the characters in a similar way, and even gives us a glimpse at Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in the same way that Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is seen for a single shot in the JL video, includes the same number of one-liners, and uses the “Justice For All” phrase.
This fan-made trailer is an excellent way to compare the two films, even with their very different approaches, and makes a clear point that these are movies with an incredibly similar premise (although that has never been a secret!). It’s also helpful for those who didn’t like the Justice League trailer, feeling that it was too dark and action-heavy; this Avengers version makes the point that one trailer doesn’t tell us everything we need to know about how a movie will feel.
In fact, the new Avengers trailer isn’t as different from the original as some may think. The actual Avengers trailer may have used different music and lacked the slogan, but it also introduced the team one by one with a catchy tune in the background, included a few one-liners, and filled in the gaps with action scenes. Of course, there is no doubt that Justice League is going to be significantly different to Avengers, but this is a fantastically fun video that does a great job of showing off the similarities, and perhaps giving DCEU detractors something to think about.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Wonder Woman release date: Jun 2, 2017
Justice League release date: Nov 17, 2017
Aquaman release date: Dec 21, 2018
Shazam! release date: Apr 5, 2019
Cyborg release date: Apr 3, 2020
Green Lantern Corps. release date: Jul 24, 2020