Possible spoilers ahead!
After the death of Superman (Henry Cavill) in “Batman V Superman: Dawn on Justice,” much of the world remains in mourning for the hero. Crime rates have soared without Superman, and while superheroes like Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) attempt to fill the void, the two can only do so much.
But now humanity faces a threat not of this world named Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), an ancient being who has returned to our planet to recover three powerful Mother Boxes. Realizing that they alone cannot defeat Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons, Batman and Wonder Woman set out to put together a team that includes speedster Barry Allen (Ezra Miller), the half-human/half-Atlantean Arthur Curry, aka. the Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Victor Stone (Ray Fisher), a cyborg who was created and gifted with extraordinary powers by one of the Mother Boxes.
Deep down however, Batman knows that even if this new team manages to come together quickly, they may not be enough to stop Steppenwolf’s invasion.
All right, I know this isn’t a very popular opinion among comic book geeks like me, but I actually really enjoyed “Justice League.” Crazy, ain’t it?
That’s not to say this movie is perfect, there are a number of things that could have been better. First and foremost, Steppenwolf was just plain awful. The CGI looked like something I created in art school in 2000. Ciarán Hinds should open a school on over-acting, because that’s what he did in every single scene.
The other thing I didn’t like about “Justice League” were some of the clothes they put Gal Gadot in. Don’t get me wrong, she looked amazing in those outfits. But after watching Wonder Woman earlier this year, I Just don’t think she’d be wearing the tightest pants on this planet or a bodysuit with a plunging neck line. But that’s really where my complaints about this movie end.
After the movie, my wifey made the comment that even she couldn’t stop looking at Gal Gadot’s butt because the camera angles were so gratuitous.
Some of the complaints I’ve seen and heard about this movie is that it feels like two separate movies. Everyone knows Zach Snyder was at the original director on “Justice League,” but had to drop out due to a family tragedy. From there Joss Whedon oversaw the movie’s extensive reshoots and brought the production to the finish line. To tell you the truth though, I couldn’t tell you which director directed which parts of this movie. To me it was fun from start to finish.
I thought the action in the movie was good for the most part. The finale was typical DCEU stuff, something falling from the sky CGI all over the place type thing. However, I really enjoyed the other action pieces. Some standouts were the fight in Metropolis was awesome, when they first team-up under the island was cool too, as was the Amazons vs Steppenwolf sequence and Wonder Woman’s first scene.
Could some character have been fleshed out more? sure, Cyborg got the short straw there. But this was more than made up in his interactions with other League members. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when Cyborg and Flash had to dig a grave in the cemetery. That one scene alone made me want to see a team-up between the two instead of a Flashpoint movie.
Another thing I liked was the on-screen chemistry between Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot. These two play well off each other, and I’m glad the filmmakers didn’t overplay the attraction between the two. It’s there, but it’s not a big focus of the story. There’s a scene in the movie where Wonder Woman has to set Bruce’s injured shoulder, its a simple scene, but it tells you all you need to know about their friendship.
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash is the scene-stealer and brings loads of humor, and heart to the proceedings. His Speed Force powers are among the film’s best visual effects, and very different from what we see on the Flash CW show. Meanwhile, Jason Momoa is equally entertaining as Aquaman. He also doesn’t get much character development, but I’m guessing they’re saving that for his solo movie. Aquaman does get some fun scenes though, and I was happy with Momoa’s portrayal.
The supporting cast such as Martha Kent (Diane Lane) and Lois Lane (Amy Adams), as well as newcomers like Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) and Mera (Amber Heard), don’t get much to do. But we’ll see more of Mera next year, and J.K. Simmons looks awesome as Gordon. I’m guessing a lot of their scenes were left in the cutting room floor, which makes me one of those people that’s hoping for a longer version of the film when it hits blu-ray.
“Justice League” should have served as the end to the trio of DC comic book movies directed by Zack Snyder. But in many ways, “Justice League” serves as the launching point for the DCEU’s next chapter. And under good writers and directors, these heroes should have a very bright future.
“Justice League” final score: B