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Synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

What We Thought:

Is Justice League the unwatchable nightmare it was expected to be? No. Is it great? Also no. Is it better than I expected? Surprisingly yes.

I had very low expectations for the latest DC Universe film. Man of Steel is bad. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is really bad. Even though others claim to love it, Wonder Woman isn’t that good either. The fact that Zack Snyder was directing this one just like MoS and BvS, well, that was a big negative as well. I simply don’t like his style, his super slo-mo garbage and his dark look.

Unfortunately this film has all the Zack Snyder-isms that don’t work for me. Batman being a dark character is fine, he is The Dark Knight after all, but Superman is supposed to be a beacon of hope. Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman are usually colorful as well. Not in Snyder’s world. Costumes are darker and muted compared to the comics and cartoon versions.

Snyder takes the viewer out of sync with his patented slow motion scenes that takes a fast paced scene, slows it down so you can see Wonder Woman block every single bullet possible. The Batmobile shoots some big guns and Snyder has to show you a shell casing slowly being discharged and falling to the ground. Why? Beats me. It makes sense to slow down some scenes with Barry Allen/The Flash like Marvel did with Quicksilver, but the rest are superheroes with superpowers, why slow it down?

I also didn’t like two of the heroes. Aquaman seems like a meathead with dialogue like “My man”. Groundbreaking stuff there. Jason Momoa in real like is built like a comic book character, but he didn’t fit this role to me. I don’t know if it was the script or the way Snyder uses him, but he didn’t work for me and I usually like Momoa. I also don’t like Gal Gadot. People are blind to the fact that she’s not a very good actress. Watch her deliver her lines, it’s painful. But Ken, she’s hot people say. Doesn’t mean she can act. People find Zac Efron attractive, he can’t act either. It goes both ways people.

The two biggest positives are Ezra Miller’s The Flash and (slight spoiler if you are dumb) Henry Cavill’s Superman. I love The Flash TV show and think Grant Gustin is a perfect Barry Allen/The Flash. Because of that I was hesitant of Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash. There are other versions of The Flash like Wally West or even Bart Allen and originally I though Miller should have played one of those since he couldn’t top Gustin’s version of Barry. He may not top Gustin in the movie, but I can admit he does a good job with the character. The Flash is easily the best character in the film bringing comedy and lightness to a heavy and dark film. Good job Ezra!

If you watched the post credit scene of Batman v Superman, you saw the ground shake where Superman was buried after dying. If you have seen a trailer for Justice League, you’ve seen Henry Cavill pop up in it. That means Cavill’s Clark Kent/Superman makes an appearance in the film. I won’t say how much or if it’s more than a flashback or dream sequence, but you should be able to figure out whether or not Superman will play a major role in a freaking Justice League movie. This is genuinely the first time I’ve liked Cavill as the Man of Steel. Another man built like a comic book character in real life, Cavill actually shows a personality in his time in the movie.

Just like how the S on Superman’s chest stands for hope, Justice League gave me a little bit of hope that DC is starting to get some things right in their movie universe. I honestly expected to loathe this movie, but I’d actually consider watching it again which is high praise for a DCU film. It’s going to make a ton of money and fanboys were losing their minds at the screening. Fanboys are terrible and accept everything as great when it’s not, but I digress. If Batman v Superman left a bad taste in your mouth, this will clean that up a bit. It’s not great, but it might be a step in the right direction.

Cast & Crew:

  • Ben Affleck
  • Henry Cavill
  • Ezra Miller
  • Gal Gadot
  • Jason Momoa
  • Raymond Fisher
  • Amy Adams

 

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