Were you one of the few people actually still awake at the end of the turgid boy-fest that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you will remember that Superman is, like, properly dead. Which, unless this was a movie or a comic book (luckily it’s both) would make his return seem like a slender possibility.
Yes, make no mistake: the studio might be keeping him off the poster for now, but you can be sure that old Supes (Henry Cavill) will be back to team up with Batman (Ben Affleck), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and, of course, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, for the biggest superhero assembly since those other guys did it.
Ironically, DC might be arriving at the party no less than five years after their bitter rivals Marvel unleashed The Avengers on the world, but the truth is that their characters are by far the more iconic. If they can get the tone right, this could be the big one.
It certainly didn’t look that way after the critical pummelling that was dished out to Batman v Superman, but this summer’s majestic Wonder Woman achieved so much in steering the series back on course, its lovely mix of action and wit making it one of the finest superhero and family movies of them all.
With original director Zack Snyder also having had to very sadly walk away from the movie while it was still shooting – due to a terrible family tragedy – Joss Whedon, so known in movie circles for his ability to mix laughs with great character work (he was the genius behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer, after all), has also come on board, and has overseen some reportedly quite extensive reshoots to boot.
Add that to a cracking new trailer and good buzz, and we could have something good...
Justice League is out Nov 22.