Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers.
The Justice League has joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Although more accustomed to bashing in bad guys rather than geopolitical disputes, the actors — whose movie will debut in November of next year — put out a video in support of the protest in conjunction with a change.org petition to get the pipeline’s construction halted due to the pipeline’s proximity to the Sioux Tribe’s reserve and its environmental risks and implications.
Ben Affleck (Batman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aqua Man) and Ezra Miller (The Flash) stood in solidarity in support of the protest.
One notable omission from the cast was Henry Cavill (Superman), who remained absent from the video. This may be due to the same reason he is absent from the Justice League trailer that aired at San Diego Comicon this year. Those of us who have seen Batman V Superman will know what that reason is. Note: those who have not yet seen Batman V Superman should skip the next paragraph to avoid spoilers. Or maybe watch the movie and come back to this article. (It won’t go anywhere, I promise.)
Since Superman got his head caved in by Batman, it’s speculated that the manner in which he comes back to life (since no one stays dead in comic books, except Batman’s parents), will be revealed in the actual movie.
But before one even watches Justice League next November, we’re going to have to get acquainted with its namesake characters: Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg and Superman.
Now, we’ve seen Superman and Batman’s origin stories, but the other four are unknown to the public. The Justice League movie will serve to introduce the rest, except for Wonder Woman who will have her origin story revealed in her eponymous film debuting earlier in June of 2017. This will be Wonder Woman’s first big screen adaptation since her comic serialization in 1941.
Also worth mentioning is that those of us who are fans of the television show The Flash will be disappointed to know that The Flash in the Justice League will be a different Flash from that of the television show.
That leaves Aquaman and Cyborg. Aquaman, the butt of the non-comic book reading populous, is a half-human half-Atlantean who doesn’t actually talk to fish but can redirect thought processes of their brains to compel them into helping him. And Cyborg: fans of the DC animated universe will recognize him from the Teen Titans television show but won’t from the Justice League animated show. Somewhat new to the Justice League, Cyborg enters the Justice League as a core member for the first time in 2012 in Justice League Volume 2 #4. In the comics, he is caught in an explosion nearly killing him but is saved by his father who uses his cybernetic research to save his son. This rounds out our six heroes.
The petition can be found at change.org/RezpectOurWater.