TV Justice League releases emotional second trailer

Does this show new director Joss Whedon’s influence? Plus: Superman returns (sort of).

The new footage features the first footage of Superman (Henry Cavill), new glimpses of epic action, and a couple amusing dialogue exchanges that may (or may not) show new director Joss Whedon’s influence.

One could say the biggest question for this new trailer is whether fans would be able to get a sense of Whedon’s fingerprints. The Avengers director took over the project and coordinated considerable reshoots following Zack Synder stepping aside. And while its unknown what precisely is firmly from Whedon here, the new trailer is certainly a bit of a tone shift from the Comic-Con trailer — which had a hard rock action-y vibe. Here a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” replaces Trailer 1’s cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together.” After a flashback opening where Lois Lane (Amy Adams) remembers Superman, we get a collection of scenes as our heroes unite along with a very shirtless Aquaman (Jason Momoa), a few quippy exchanges and even Wonder Woman giving a wry smile.

The superhero mashup has Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman introducing The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to fight a new threat. The film also stars Jeremy Irons, Billy Crudup, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, J.K. Simmons, and Ciaran Hinds. Justice League opens Nov. 17.

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