- "There are heroes among us. Not to make us feel smaller, but to remind us of what makes us great."
- —Lois Lane
Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the Fifth installment in the DC Comics Extended Universe. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and features an ensemble cast including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds and Jesse Eisenberg. It's produced by RatPac Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. and the film was released on November 17, 2017.
Principal photography for Justice League commenced on April 11, 2016, at Leavesden Studios in London.
An Untitled Justice League film sequel was announced as well.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of Metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. – it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
In Iceland, Bruce Wayne is on horseback traveling through the wilderness. Approaching a ridge, he sees below a small fishing village. Entering the village, he approaches the leader of the village seeking out a stranger who brings fish to the village. The stranger plays feint but Bruce has been tracking the stranger, Arthur Curry and asks for his help to defend the Earth. After a confrontation, Arthur and Bruce talk and Bruce reveals that he is Batman but Arthur doesn't want to help and wants to be left alone.
Alfred collects Bruce and they return home on Bruce's private jumbo jet. After Bruce finishes cleaning up, Alfred updates him on the other Metahumans they've been tracking, Barry Allen and Victor Stone. Confirming a location for Barry and revealing that Victor is "deceased", Alfred says he doesn't recognize the world anymore.
At Star Labs based around the Kryptonian ship in Heroes Park, Silas Stone and Ryan Choi are trying to unlock secrets of the ship as Silas leaves for the night. Returning home to his apartment, his son Victor is standing in the window, reborn as a part man, part Cyborg hybrid born from a Mother Box. Silas tells Victor he doesn't have to stay in the apartment but Victor says he's processing and asks if anybody knows he's alive. Victor reveals he gets new abilities every day and for a moment hovers above the ground. Back at Star Labs, the janitor Howard hears a noise in Silas' lab and goes to see, finding a Parademon looking for the Mother Box and kidnaps Howard.
In London, a group of terrorists arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse killing the guards to the building and begin planting bombs. Taking hostages inside, they claim that mans best hope is to destroy the current world and start afresh. Diana arrives on top of the courthouse and uses her Lasso of Hestia to capture one of the terrorists to reveal their plan. The lead terrorist starts the bomb countdown as Diana crashes through disarming the guards and throwing the bomb out of the roof. Incensed, the lead terrorist decides to shoot the hostages but Diana blocks all his bullets. Revealing a second bomb, he detonates it as it destroys the lower part of the building before Diana knocks him out with her Bracelets of Submission.
At the Kent Farm, Lois Lane has come to visit Martha Kent to discuss how they are coping with the loss of Clark. Martha reveals she hasn't been keeping up with payments for the farm since Clark's death and the bank have repossessed it and she has to leave.
In Central City, Barry Allen is in a shop as a car crash happens outside between a car and an ice cream van, flipping the occupant of the car, Iris West out. Reacting at Super Speed, Barry runs outside and grabs Iris and rests her down on the ground as her car flips and explodes in the background. Iris introduces herself and thanks Barry for saving her, as a shy and awestruck Barry looks over her.
In Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta rides to the edge of the island with her Queen's Guard toward a small tomb. Her sister Menalippe updates her on the Mother Box inside and that it has awakened. Hippolyta says it's been asleep for thousands of years and questions why it would wake now. Suddenly a Boom Tube opens and Steppenwolf falls from it along with an army of Parademons. Attempting to take the Mother Box, the Amazons defend it from him and try to fight off the Parademon army. Hippolyta sends Menalippe to fetch the Amazon army as back up as she takes the Mother Box and runs, intending to trap Steppenwolf inside the tomb. He breaks free and chases after her taking out her Horse. Taking the Mother Box, he says that soon she and the rest of the Earth will love him. As the Amazon army closes in, he escapes via Boom Tube. Hippolyta says that they need to warn mankind of what is about to come, Menalippe saying they won't know what it means anymore, but Hippolyta says that Diana will. Lighting the ancient warning fire, Hippolyta fires a magical arrow as an ancient warning fire to Greece.
Back in Gotham City, Bruce is out investigating as Batman people going missing. His investigation leads him to an abandoned building near the docks where he finds Humans hung upside in a Parademon nest, being turned into Parademons themselves.
In his apartment, Victor hears a commotion outside and sees Parademons checking nearby windows. Taking the hidden Mother Box that created him, he hides from them as they flee. Going up to the rooftop of his apartment building, he begins honing his new ability of flight.
At her workshop in London, Diana sees the news about the ancient warning fire. She travels to the Shrine of the Amazons in Greece nearby and learns the history of Uxas' invasion of Earth thousands of years ago.
Out at sea, a ship is sinking with a sailor on board that Arthur saves. The sailor talks of a demon coming from the sky and attacking him. Believing it has something to do with the Atlanteans, Arthur heads to the Antlantean Vault he knows of for more information.
At the Atlantean Vault, Mera and Atlantean Soldiers guard a Mother Box. Steppenwolf Boom Tubes to the location and attacks the Guards as Mera engages Steppenwolf trying to fight him off using her Hydrokinesis powers but he is too powerful. Arthur arrives and joins the fight but Steppenwolf too overpowers him managing to take the Mother Box and escape. An unconscious Arthur is awoken by Mera and reinforcements arrive led by Vulko. Vulko is pleased to see Arthur as Mera tells him that as the firstborn son of Queen Atlanna, he should return with them to Atlantis to displace King Orm from the throne. Vulko tells Arthur to do what is in his heart and he says he has a responsibility to help the surface dwellers.
In Russia, Steppenwolf and his Parademon army are hiding in an abandoned Nuclear Plant. He places the Atlantean Mother Box beside the Amazonian one before speaking to his mother Heggra, who's essence is inside the Mother Boxes. He reveals she will be released soon and that he will be free from Darkseid and will rule this world, now there is no Kryptonian or Green Lanterns.
At the Wayne Aerospace Hangar near the Gotham Docks, Bruce is fixing up a Wayne Enterprises prototype troupe carrier. Diane "breaks" into the hangar to speak with Bruce who reveals he thinks there is an attack coming from far away and Diana tells him that it's already here.
Diana tells Bruce the story of Uxas' invasion of Earth what she learned from the Shrine of the Amazons. Uxas or Darkseid invaded the Earth thousands of years ago with his army from Apokolips, along with Steppenwolf, his uncle and General of his army. Carrying 3 Mother Boxes, they were seeking the Anti-Life Equation so Darkseid could rule over the universe and reshape it to his will. The people of Earth formed their own army, of man, Amazons and Atlanteans along with help from the Green Lantern Corps and the Gods of Olympus. They managed to repel Darkseid and his army and saved the Earth, hiding the Mother Boxes in secret.
Bruce updates Diana on his progress with the Metahumans, revealing that Arthur Curry turned him down and that he has tracked Barry Allen but Victor Stone is a mystery, presumed dead. He asks Diana to investigate Victor Stone more while he goes to recruit Barry in Central City.
Barry Allen goes to see his father Henry Allen in prison. Henry wants Barry to stop coming to see him and focus on his own life and get a proper job and do something with his life.
Barry returns to his home to find Bruce waiting for him. Bruce reveals CCTV footage of Barry taking out a criminal in a shop and Barry denies all knowledge. Bruce reveals he knows Barry has abilities but is unsure of what they are. He throws a Batarang at him and Barry catches it with his Super Speed. Bruce asks Barry to join him who agrees before even allowing Bruce to finish. They make their way to Central City Airport.
Diana is investigating Victor's death as Victor senses it from his apartment. He begins talking to Diana through the computer she is on asking why she and Bruce Wayne are looking for him. Diana asks to meet him but he initially refuses before sending her a location to meet.
Diana waits at the spot for Victor as all the lights go dark in the area. Victor reveals that he knows about the Parademons and that they are sticking to the dead zones to not be seen. Diana asks Victor to join them but Victor flies away before she can finish.
Silas returns home to his apartment to find the apartment trashed, then realizing a Parademon waiting for him in the corner kidnapping him.
At Gotham City Police Department, Commissioner James Gordon is meeting with Crispus Allen over the recent amount of scientist kidnappings and that a kid who witnessed one draw the perp, looking similar to Batman. Gordon dismisses it was Batman but says he will speak to him.
Batman, Wonder Woman & Flash arrive at the Bat-Signal to meet with Gordon who updates them on the kidnappings with no apparent pattern. Victor arrives shortly after and analyzing the pattern reveals they follow a pattern underground back to Stryker's Island where there is an abandoned Metropolis Gotham Tunnel project. They all leave suddenly with Flash and Gordon still looking over the bay.
In the abandoned tunnel system, Steppenwolf and the Parademons are torturing the kidnapped scientists, including Silas. Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Flash arrive and see. Just before Steppenwolf can kill Silas, Cyborg shoots at Steppenwolf and the 4 attacks the Parademons. Flash begins evacuating the hostages at super speed along with Cyborg who help them escape the building as Batman fights off Parademons and Wonder Woman confronts Steppenwolf. The superpowered battle rocks the building as debris nearly kills the scientists but are saved by Cyborg. The battle escalates and Batman uses the Knightcrawler to try and even himself up against the super-powered being. Steppenwolf nearly destroys the Knightcrawler as Cyborg takes over it and shoots at Steppenwolf who catches the missile, and releases it into the wall to let in the sea water. He then Boom Tubes away as the heroes scramble to safety. Arthur arrives wielding a Quident and Atlantean armor and holds back the water long enough for the heroes to get safe. Cyborg suddenly hears the Mother Box calling and flies away.
The heroes reunite with Gordon on the surface along with Arthur as Cyborg returns, landing with the Mother Box in his hand.
Batman leads the other heroes to the Wayne Hangar. Cyborg informs the heroes of the history of the Mother Box on Earth, using a hologram to show them as his digital avatar walks through history. Bruce reveals to the team a dream he had about the end of the world, with a reborn Superman who destroyed the Earth. Bruce proposes resurrecting Superman using the Mother Box before Steppenwolf can and use a reborn Superman against them. Diana is hesitant about doing so in fear of creating another Doomsday like Lex Luthor did.
They go to Smallville Cemetery and did up Superman's coffin from his grave.
At her apartment, Lois Lane awakens unable to sleep still mourning the loss of Superman. She decides to take a walk.
At the Scout Ship, Silas returns to work and causes an alarm to evacuate as the team with Superman's coffin sneak in as Batman arrives. Cyborg thanks his father for his help as they make their way to Scout Ship. Cyborg overwrites the Scout Ship to gain entry as two Kryptonian robots greet them. They make their way to the Genesis Chamber and Aquaman places Superman's body in the water. Cyborg plugs in but reveals the ship doesn't have enough power as Lex Luthor drained it all creating Doomsday. Flash says he might be able to draw power from the Speed Force to do it. Flash uses his super speed and supercharges the Mother Box. It awakens Superman who flies out crashing through the roof of the Scout Ship and landing at destroyed Superman Statue in Heroes Park.
Lois hears the sonic boom of Superman's flight and makes her way to Heroes Park.
Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg race to greet Superman. He turns to them confused and as his X-Ray Vision activates, Cyborg's automated defense system kicks in and fires at Superman. Wonder Woman says they need to restrain Superman until he remembers who he is. They try to subdue Superman but he is too powerful for them as the Police and nearby military from the scout ship surround the fight. As they begin shooting at Superman, he attacks them back. Batman arrives and grabs Superman attention as he recognizes him. Lois arrives and calms Superman down and he takes her and flies away. A Boom Tube opens over the Scout Ship and Steppenwolf enters Star Labs and takes the final Mother Box.
Superman and Lois land at the Kent Farm and he recognizes it as home. His Super Hearing goes off and hurts him. They go inside. Steppenwolf places all Mother Boxes together to begin the Unity. The heroes return with Batman to the Batcave and meet Alfred. They get to work trying to locate Steppenwolf. Superman's powers are still going uncontrolled as Martha arrives and retrains him on how to control his powers.
Clark sees a vision of Jonathan Kent outside the Kent Farm in the fields and goes to talk to him. Jonathan tells him he needs to make peace with who he is and he has the power to change the world. Lois sees Clark in the field and approaches him. Clark says he takes Lois wearing the ring as a Yes to marriage. Lois says she wasn't strong enough when he was gone but he reassures her he's not going anywhere again and that Bruce needs him now.
Cyborg has tracked Steppenwolf to the Nuclear Plant. They all board the Flying Fox and make their way to Russia from the Batcave.
Clark enters the Scoutship and retrieves another blue suit. He then goes outside and relearns how to fully control his flight. He lands at Bruce's Glasshouse where he finds Alfred, who says Bruce knew he'd come. Alfred tells him where the team has gone.
The team land at the Nuclear power plant. Batman drops Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg off and says he's going to down the Parademon defenses himself and for them to get to Steppenwolf and stop him. They say it's a suicide mission. The Flying Fox is shot down and Bruce ejects using the Batmobile and all the Parademons chase him as it looks like certain death, Wonder Woman and Aquaman save him and tell him that he must fight on. They begin engaging Parademons to make their way to the Power Plant inside where Steppenwolf is releasing his mother's essence. The Mother Boxes begin causing events all across the globe as the skies turn orange including Star Labs, Metropolis and the village in Iceland.
They manage to make their way inside and distract Steppenwolf from the process, engaging him as Cyborg tries separate the Mother Boxes. Heggra tries talking Cyborg out of the process. With added power from the Mother Boxes, Steppenwolf is too powerful for the heroes and beats them back, pulling Cyborg apart by ripping his leg and arm off. As it looks like certain doom for the heroes, Superman arrives and knocks Steppenwolf back. With Superman's return, the heroes overpower Steppenwolf long enough so Batman can help Cyborg reattach his arm and leg. Cyborg tries again to separate the Mother Boxes and receives a vision of the nightmare Bruce talked about, seeing Superman ruling over the world under the control of Darkseid. Aquaman and Wonder Woman keep him busy as Superman helps Cyborg and pulls apart the Mother Boxes, causing a massive surge. Steppenwolf offers Superman the chance to join him and make the vision come true, but Superman rejects Steppenwolf and knocks him back defeating him. A Boom Tube opens behind Steppenwolf and he escapes through it along with his Parademons back to Apokolips as Darkseid looks through at the heroes, threatening to personally deal with them himself.
The heroes stand atop of the Nuclear plant and observe the world returning to normal as the orange skies clear.
At the Kent Farm, Martha is moving back in after Bruce bought the bank that repossessed the farm. Barry visits his father and reveals he has got a job at a Crime Lab. Victor and Silas are in Star Labs.
Arthur returns to the Iceland village where Mera and Vulko are waiting for him. They ask for him to come with them back to Atlantis to stop his brother Orm. Arthur refuses and says he's returning home to see his father.
Clark returns to the Daily Planet and Lois introduces him back to Perry White, revealing him to be Superman. In the streets of Metropolis, Clark runs down an alley and changes into Superman flying off.
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Behind the Scenes
Shortly after filming had finished for Man of Steel, Warner Bros hired Will Beall to script a new Justice League film. Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov explained that Man of Steel would be "setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it's definitely the first step." The film included references to the existence of other superheroes in the DC Universe, and setting the tone for a shared fictional universe of DC Comics characters on film. David S. Goyer stated should Green Lantern appear in a future installment, that it would be a rebooted version of the character and not connected to the 2011 film. With the release of Man of Steel in June 2013, Goyer was hired to write a sequel, as well as a new Justice League, with the Beall draft being scrapped. The sequel was later revealed to be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a team up film featuring Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg in a minor role that will become more significant in leading up to the proposed Justice League film. The universe is separate from Nolan and Goyer's work on The Dark Knight trilogy, although Nolan is still involved as an executive producer for Batman v Superman. In April 2014, it was announced that Zack Snyder would also be directing Goyer's Justice League script. Warner Bros. was reportedly courting Chris Terrio to rewrite Justice League the following July, after having been impressed with his rewrite of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. On October 15, 2014, Warner Bros. announced the film would be released in two parts, with Part One releasing on November 17, 2017, and Part Two on June 14, 2019. Snyder will direct both films. In early July 2015, EW revealed that the script for Justice League Part One had been completed by Terrio.
In April 2014, Ray Fisher was cast as Victor Stone / Cyborg and was set to cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice followed by a larger role in Justice League. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Amy Adams are also expected to reprise their roles from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In October 2014, Jason Momoa was cast as Arthur Curry / Aquaman and debuted as the character in Dawn of Justice. On October 20, 2014, Momoa told ComicBook.com that the Justice League film would be coming first and that is what they were preparing for, and he did not know if the solo Aquaman film would be prior to Justice League or post. He thought it might be the origin of where Aquaman came from. On January 13, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Amber Heard was in negotiations to appear in the film as Aquaman's love interest Mera. In March 2016, producer Charles Roven said that Green Lantern would not appear in any film before Justice League Part Two, and stated that they "could put Green Lantern in some introduction in Justice League 2, or barring that, a movie after." Also in March, The Hollywood Reporter announced that J. K. Simmons was cast as Commissioner James Gordon, and Heard was confirmed to join the cast as Mera. Adams also confirmed that she would reprise her role as Lois Lane in both Justice League films. The following month, Simmons confirmed that he would play Gordon. By April 2016, Willem Dafoe was cast as Vulko, another Atlantean. Despite the death of his character in Dawn of Justice, Cavill confirmed that he would return for both Justice League films. In May 2016, Jeremy Irons confirmed he will appear as Alfred Pennyworth. That same month, Jesse Eisenberg stated that he would reprise his role as Lex Luthor.
In July 2015, it was revealed that filming would begin in spring 2016 after Wonder Woman wrapped principal photography. Principal photography on Justice League commenced on April 11, 2016, with shooting taking place at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, as well as various locations around London, and in Iceland. Snyder's longtime cinematographer Larry Fong was replaced by Fabian Wagner due to scheduling conflicts. Affleck was also revealed to be serving as executive producer. In May 2016, it was revealed that Geoff Johns and Jon Berg will be producing the Justice League films and they will also be in charge of the DC Extended Universe after the fallout of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Geoff Johns confirmed on June 4, 2016, that the title of the film is Justice League an on that same month, Irons stated that the Justice League storyline will be more linear and simple, in comparison to the theatrical version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Amber Heard arrived on set for a costume fitting on June 26th, 2016 after having to reschedule for personal issues with her public divorce case. At the beginning of August 2016, Heard started filming her scenes as Mera with Momoa and trained together to get her in shape for the role. On October 1, 2016, after filming mostly in London, the cast and crew moved to Djúpavík, Iceland to film the rest of Justice League in October. Filming officially wrapped on October 14th, 2016. Due to a family tragedy, Snyder decided to step down from post-production of Justice League to be with his family, instead, Snyder brought Joss Whedon to finish the film for him as well as finish the re-shoots and write additional scenes he wanted for Justice League. 
- Justice League is set to release on the 25th anniversary of The Death of Superman comic, when it was released November 17th, 1992. as well as the 16th anniversary of the Bruce Timm and Paul Dini Justice League Animated Series which premiered it's the first episode back on November 17th, 2001,
- Junkie XL was originally signed on to compose Justice League, but was replaced with Danny Elfman.
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