With ‘Justice League’ set to premiere later this year (odd to think it will come out in less than 10 months), fans are hungry for any new information Zack Snyder can give them about the latest offering from his DCEU, and he is just as hungry to keep them excited and pumped for the film. After all, if this one fails, there is likely no recovering for Zack Snyder, this is the make or break it moment for him. ‘Batman V Superman’ and even the less obvious failings of ‘Man of Steel’ will all be forgiven if he can deliver on ‘Justice League,’ because it means that he is capable of learning from his mistakes and finally delivering a good film, and since delivering a good ‘Justice League’ film seems like what he’s been aiming to do all along, this should really be the one to judge him on.
Already though, I am having my doubts. The latest bit of news released by Snyder is somewhat puzzling to me, mainly because it does not exactly line up with the characters we have already seen onscreen.
During a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Snyder discussed the various powers amongst the team at various points in the movie, especially with the three newest characters in the film, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. Apparently, they will not have access to their full powers when the movie begins, and it is something they will be working on over the course of the movie. In Snyder’s words:
“These guys – Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash – really are just fun to explore. They’re just so fresh. They’re on the edge of their powers at different times in this story and that’s really fun.”
Why does this bother me? Well for one, I cannot speak for Cyborg, but it seems like The Flash and Aquaman in the DCEU have been operating for some time, and already seem to have a pretty strong grip on their powers. It seems strange to think that they are being, for lack of a better term, “de-powered” for the movie just so they can have some kind of character arc where they can work with their teammates to up their game and come into their own with their abilities. To my way of thinking, by the time these characters joined the Justice League in the comics, they had all pretty much mastered their abilities and their crime-fighting prowess was pretty high, which made joining the League make them seem like the elite heroes of Earth. I don’t know if I like the idea of the Justice League being comprised of rookies still figuring out how their powers work, it just does not feel right to me. But hey, that’s my opinion.
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Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter.