On Batman Day, Justice League director Zack Snyder surprised the world with a first official look at J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. In the photo, Commissioner Gordon can be seen standing on a rooftop next to the familiar Bat-Signal.
But who is Gordon waiting for on that rooftop? Who is he about to meet? If you guessed the obvious answer of Batman, then you would only be partially right. Obviously, when Gordon shines that special light into the sky, he's making a call out to the famed Caped Crusader.
However, in this particular instance, not only does Batman show up, but a few of his friends as well. Back in June, ComicBook.com's Brandon Davis paid a visit to the set of Justice League, and he got to watch the scene that goes with the Comissioner Gordon photo that Zack Snyder released. Here's how Brandon described the scene.
The setting was a Gotham City rooftop. More specifically, it was the rooftop of the Gotham City Police Department where the Batsignal resides. Set dressers milled around covering the set and costumes with water as flashes from high above the set simulated lightning. Green screens surrounded the rooftop's edges, but the look of the rooftop was convincing enough to overlook the fact. A tall rounded set piece with statues of angels burst from the rooftop near its center, with smoke creeping from pipes and delivering Gotham's gritty feel.
Gordon stood on one side of the set with the Batsignal lit awaiting the Dark Knight. When he arrived, he didn't do so alone. Affleck's Batman drops into the set with a super hero landing as Wonder Woman and The Flash stand on either side. "How many of you are there?" Gordon asks upon seeing them. "Not enough," Batman tells him before directing Barry to turn off the Batsignal.
"The eight might still be alive," Gordon optimistically tells Batman, referring to kidnapped scientists before Cyborg busts into the scene, saying, "9," to Wonder Woman's satisfaction. Diana's look signifies her desire to have recruited Cyborg to the team and his joining has definitely earned her approval. "The head of STAR Labs was taken tonight," Cyborg tells the team, referring to his scientist father.
The group confers for a moment, discussing previously discovered nests of Parademons, before realizing that none of the patterns converge "on land" which felt a lot like an Aquaman reference. Based on the Crawler and Stryker's Island scenes, we know the setting of the Parademon nest to be underground but choosing to say "on land" seems like the first reference to Momoa's trident-wielding hero, who has only made a cameo in the universe so far.
The team elects to use Batman's Crawler after Flash points out the fact that they won't fit in the car together and promptly disappears behind Gordon's back. When he turns around, we get a moment of humor which we all desire from the dark and gritty DC movies. Barry Allen opens up something along the lines of, "Whoa! They just… Disappear on you like that? That's rude," before zooming out of the scene himself. The line changed with each take but Ezra Miller certainly won over any doubters who were watching.
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, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Snyder, from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, and stars Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher.
Justice League is set for release November 17, 2017.