Updated: Nov 9, 2017 11:29 am
The division between Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Dark Knight drove much of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. But it was the self-sacrifice of the Man Of Steel to save the world from the menace of Doomsday that reawakened hope in Batman that directly feeds into the events of the new Justice League movie.
For starters, his demise signals to a greater alien presence — represented by Steppenwolf from the planet Apokalips — that Earth is ripe for an invasion and takeover. That, in turn, leads Batman to bring together Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) to fight him. Eventually helping out — and in case you haven’t heard it, beware of spoilers — will be Henry Cavill playing the resurrected Man Of Steel.
A very enthused director, Zack Snyder, had this to say about Justice League, per the film's press release:
“Just the idea of getting the Justice League together on the same playing field, taking their place in the cinematic landscape as a team and embarking on an amazing adventure… the mere concept of it was awe-inspiring.”
Adds producer Deborah Snyder, “These characters all have such unique personalities and such different powers and abilities, and the chance to pool them together to see how powerful they can be as a unit was such a thrill. Not to mention the urgency of their mission. There’s no time to practice. It’s game on from the moment they come together, because this is an extremely formidable enemy.”
So, how will Justice League play out? If we know anything about anything, it's that the film will be completely badass. But, for now, we figured it'd be best to introduce you to the superhero team that makes up the film.
Lead image via YouTube.
Meet the Justice League by scrolling down.
Henry Cavill Talks Superman
FHM: What was it like on the set of Justice League?
HENRY CAVILL: Oh, to turn up on the real sets every day, absolutely fantastic. Some of the technology which goes into building these sets, and the minds behind it, are so incredible that it does feel like ... Especially for an enclosed set, it can feel very much like you're in a real environment, and, for the actors, that's very helpful, but, also, for the kid inside, it's amazing, because you get to live in these fantasy worlds for six, seven months.
FHM: How exciting was it to turn up on set every day to be surrounded by all of these people in these amazing costumes?
HENRY CAVILL: On the Justice League set, it was an experience like no other. I was there, went and visited the guys one day, and I saw Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman, and Flash all standing in a row in their full regalia, except for Cyborg, obviously, who was wearing his pajamas for CGI purposes, but he still looked fantastic and very intimidating in his pajamas. But it was one of those moments of delight. It didn't matter how tired you were, it didn't matter how bad a day you were having, you got to experience a little bit of history, and all of your childhood play fantasies come true.
FHM: What is the preparation like for you to transform yourself into Superman physically?
HENRY CAVILL: The physical prep for Superman is, you can become accustomed to it. You can be prepared for it mentally, but physically it's always very hard. To get yourself into that kind of shape, it is very hard, especially if you keep on back sliding after each time that you've played Superman. And then when you need to get back into Superman shape, it can be a very, very difficult process. So, yes, I'm going to try very hard for the next time I play Superman to stay in a certain shape, so it's a little less taxing on the body.
FHM: Over these three films you've done, what have you grown to love about playing Superman and Clark Kent?
HENRY CAVILL: It's so difficult to boil it down to just a few things. It's become such a presence in my life, and something which is so important to me, and something which I've tried to embody enormously since I've started playing the character. It's more of a way of being, than something which I can easily define. It is trying your hardest to be the best person you can be, while enabling everyone else around you to be the best people they can be as well, and supporting them, and not falling into negative instincts, which can often be driven by the ego, which even Superman and Clark does at times. But it's trying your utmost not to have those things affect you, and for me, I'm very grateful for the character, because he's certainly allowed me to live my life in a better way, and, hopefully, because of that, has helped some of the people around me as well.
FHM: Does she connect with all of them right away?
GAL GADOT: The first hero Diana connects with is Batman—more specifically, Bruce Wayne. They challenge each other, and although Batman is usually a dark, weary character, and Diana is pure and optimistic, they also have a lot in common: both have been trying to isolate themselves from the world in some way. [But] Wonder Woman is the greatest warrior. She has such amazing strength, but at the same time she can be very, well, human. She cares so much for people and she just wants to make the world a better place, because she sees the world as very special. She doesn’t care for the fame or for the glory or for the credit. She’s not there for that, and I think that’s why she wasn’t interested in getting too involved out there with the press and with people and being Wonder Woman. Life is so complicated and we forget about the simple things, but she always remembers them: love, hope, do good in the world. And I think that’s something that everyone can aspire to.