As Hollywood blockbusters grow bigger and bigger, so does the search for exotic shooting locations around the world. It’s great when filmmakers seek out real-world spots rather than simply shoot everything in front of a green screen. And although he has made plenty of films with a heavy green screen component, director Zack Snyder is teasing some real-world locations with 2017’s Justice League.
Because production on the film recently wrapped, Snyder has been sharing some great photos from the various sets. One of the most intriguing shooting locations is Iceland’s Djúpavík village, a small coastal area where much of Aquaman’s story is believed to take place. The village is by far one of the most gorgeous sets that Snyder has ever worked on. It features majestic mountain ranges and lakes. And if fans want to see even more of this other-worldly place, Snyder’s here to save the day once again.
Through his personal Vero account (via Batman News), Snyder released a few new Justice League photos that show some familiar spots. A few of them are from the Iceland set, one with Momoa dressed in his fantastic trench coat, and the others displaying the country’s unique landscapes. The remaining photos feature the familiar vacation home of Bruce Wayne seen in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Take a look at them in the gallery below:
Some complained that Dawn of Justice was too dark, and not just because of its extremely dour tone. The film’s locations were usually covered in shadows, which didn’t allow for much exploration around the frame. And looking at Snyder’s past work, it’s clear that he prefers a darker visual aesthetic as opposed to the high-key lighting of many Marvel films. But these new Justice League set photos tease a potentially subdued version of Snyder. Warner Bros. made some pretty significant changes to the DCEU after Dawn of Justice, so it’s not at all surprising that Justice League is utilizing a somewhat lighter tone. But no matter what, the film’s real-world sets couldn’t be better.
Even though the DCEU is still finding its legs, it’s possible that Justice League could help push it in the right direction. Warner Bros. has assembled an incredibly talented team of directors and actors to partake in this massive project, and even though there is darkness behind them, the light may not be as far away as some think.