New Justice League Footage on Display in Wild new VFX Reel
An extra shot of Wonder Woman, new color schemes, and more are on display in Scanline VFX’s reel of the work they did on Justice League.
When most blockbusters are made these days, the visual effects work is divvied up between multiple studios. The newest entry in the DC Extended Universe is no exception, with ten companies credited. Germany’s Scanline VFX was one of the most involved studios on Justice League, and their newly released reel of the work they contributed to the movie is, well, stunning. Scanline champions a photorealistic aesthetic and works chiefly on natural phenomena, like water, fire, and electricity, which are all on show in the three-minute clip. The vendor has also worked on multiple Marvel movies, Tomb Raider, Game of Thrones, and more.
Some of you that have seen the film might sense something different in the coloring of the show reel. No, you’re not misremembering; Scanline’s clip features the color schemes, contrast, and shading that they created for the movie’s original cut. The visuals we see here may be more in line with what director Zack Snyder wanted to see before he left the film to deal with a family tragedy. The reel also features a shot not included the theatrical cut. When Wonder Woman finishes off the Parademon in the edit everyone saw, the movie cuts to a different shot. But here, Gal Gadot’s heroine stares down her adversary Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) with a playful demeanor.
The rest of the visual effects reel is truly work to admire. The slow-motion shots of the Flash are often breathtaking to witness, especially when he helps Wonder Woman reach her sword mid-air. Actor Ezra Miller’s expressions during these scenes are golden, but they wouldn’t be the same without that electric blue lightning. The fluid effects in Aquaman’s (Jason Momoa) underwater scenes are also some of the best we’ve seen, which is no surprise, considering Scanline VFX won a Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award for its in-house fluid effects software in 2008.
Featured image: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Mamoa) in The Justice League. Courtesy Warner Bros.