Justice League, the fifth film in the ongoing DC Extended Universe, just hit theaters. If you're new to the franchise — or you just need a little catch-up before heading out to watch — Warner Bros. has you covered with five character trailers, establishing each member of the League: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
Justice League sees Batman still weathered but with less edge. A crime fighting veteran of two decades, Batman found inspiration in Superman's (Henry Cavill) heroic sacrifice at the end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — a selfless move that has left the caped crusader ridden with guilt (after all, he nearly murdered a helpless Superman with a Kryptonite spear).
Come Justice League, Batman is investigating a looming threat making its way to Earth — and now that it's a world without a Superman, he'll need to unite a team powerful enough to stop it.
"At the end of BVS, we leave Bruce fearful that the Earth is in great danger," Affleck says. "And this movie starts with Bruce actively trying to find these superhumans that he believes are out there.”
After more than a century away, Wonder Woman stepped back out of the shadows in Batman v Superman, where she helped halt a blasphemous beast unleashed onto Metropolis by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). Justice League catches up with a Wonder Woman who no longer hides and who serves as the heart of the super team — no easy feat for a band of strangers undergoing growing pains.
"This is the first time after a while that she starts working in a team again," Gadot says. "I made a point out of the importance of Diana being this glue to the team, that she would make each and every one of them — even if its in small moments — feel stronger and loved and capable."
Batman v Superman also introduced the Flash, an eager but inexperienced wannabe do-gooder who accepts Batman's offer to join a team faster than the blink of an eye. Though he's been operating on his own as a rookie superhero — as seen in Suicide Squad, the Flash thwarted plans of the criminal Boomerage (Jai Courtney) — but in Justice League, the wide-eyed and excitable Barry Allen has to help step up and save the world.
"When he was just a boy, Barry Allen’s mother was murdered and his father was imprisoned wrongly for it," Miller says. "Barry dedicated his entire life to proving his dad’s innocence. He grew up a child with traumatic circumstances, in the world of superheroes. One day he got hit by a bolt of lightning, giving him superpowers, which are obviously super sweet. He’s fast. So fast, in fact, that his movements are invisible to the naked eye, which is why Bruce Wayne asks him to join the Justice League."
Aquatic hero Aquaman is of two worlds — land and sea — neither of which really want him. The standoffish and asocial Aquaman is enlisted by Bruce Wayne to join a growing alliance, where he'll have to learn to be a team player if these heroes hope to save the world.
"When [director Zack Snyder] came to me, like when I got called in the room, the last thing I expected him to say was Aquaman," Momoa says. "It’s a genius idea, because my people are Kanaloa, Tagaloa, Maui, all these water gods."
"The thing about Aquaman," Momoa explains, "is that he straddles two worlds: the human world we live in and the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Neither one really accepts him, so he’s grown used to living on the fringes and doesn’t really trust too many people.”
The reclusive Victor Stone, aka Cyborg — part man, part alien technology — is a college football player turned Frankenstein's monster, who will be forced to step out of the shadows (and out of his shell, so to speak) to help keep the all-powerful Mother Boxes — from which Cyborg gets his power — out of the hands of villainous and blood-thirsty conqueror Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds).
"Victor Stone is a college athlete and a tragic accident befalls him," Fisher explains. "His father, in order to save his life, merged his body with alien technology, and it’s nothing like this world has ever seen. In the Justice League, Cyborg is totally unique. He’s a digital and physical tank and able to interface with any digital technology with just a thought, or transform his body into different weapons. Cyborg is a high-tech superhero ready to help save the world."
Justice League is now playing.