Ben Affleck’s Batman Cracks Jokes and Throws Things in First ‘Justice League’ Footage

Avengers, who? A new team of superheroes is assembling, as Ben Affleck‘s Batman invites his powerful pals to help him out in the first footage for the new film Justice League, which debuted during Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 23.

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The early peek at director Zach Snyder’s film, launching November 17, 2017, shows Bruce Wayne recruiting Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and the Flash (Ezra Miller). Henry Cavill also costars as Superman.

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“I’m building an alliance to defend us,” Wayne says in one scene.

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He surprises Barry Allen, a.k.a. the Flash, by popping up unannounced in his apartment. After Wayne introduces himself, Allen quips, “You said that like it explains why there’s a total stranger sitting in the dark in my second-favorite chair.”

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Ben Affleck as Batman. Warner Bros. Pictures

Another scene features the wealthy businessman telling Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman, “I heard you can talk to fish.”

The clips are full of light-hearted moments and jokes, which feels like a sharp departure from the far darker tone of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That film, which came out in March, nabbed a whopping $827 million worldwide but was largely seen as a disappointment by critics and fans, who complained that the film took the genre too seriously.

The first trailer for Wonder Woman also premiered during the Warner panel. The film, opening June 2, 2017, stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.

The Justice League scenes are in the video above. It hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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