The first trailer for Justice League that came out of San Diego Comic-Con 2016 looked like a tonal shift from the two Zack Snyder-helmed DCEU movies that came before it. It had wacky moments with Bruce Wayne talking to Wonder Woman, the Flash, and even ended on a sure-to-be legendary exchange with Aquaman, where he says, "I hear you can talk to fish." Cue laughs and applause, right?
Wait, that's not funny. It doesn't even make any sense with everything that comes before it in the trailer. It's just a figurative nudge from DC, a wink that says to fans, "Hey, this ain't your father's Aquaman! And also we're funny now. See how funny we are? Wait, where are you going?"
It's nice to see that director Zack Snyder and his team are course-correcting away from the weirdly grim adventures they've produced to this point. But it almost feels like your jerk of a boss showing up to work wearing a Hawaiian shirt. He's not actually any more fun or cool than before…and now he just seems like he's trying too hard.