Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Films/RatPac-Dune Entertainment/Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual Films
Directed by Zack Snyder
Produced by Charles Roven/Deborah Snyder/Jon Berg/Geoff Johns
Screenplay by Chris Terrio & Joss Whedon
Story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder
I realize that a lot of you are busy people with a lot of things to do so I’m going to tell you right up front that I’m not going to say anything really negative about JUSTICE LEAGUE. I liked the movie a lot. Yes, it had it’s bad points and I’m going to get into those later on down the review. But I don’t want you to waste your time reading this review if you’re looking for me to rip apart JUSTICE LEAGUE. Go on about your business. I don’t do that.
Millenia ago, the New God Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds), Herald of Darkseid who is the Lord of Apokolips attempted to conquer Earth but was driven back by the combined armies of Mankind, The Amazons, Atlanteans and The Green Lantern Corps. Steppenwolf vowed to return and so he has in modern times. He is looking for three Mother Boxes, living computers that can actually create and reshape life. The Mother Boxes were left behind when he was defeated. The Amazons have one. The Race of Man have another. The third…well, that would spoil the surprise for those of you who care about spoilers so I won’t say.
In order to combat Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) assemble of team of metahumans gifted with special abilities: Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller) at one with The Speed Force he can move at superhuman speed. Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) has been grafted onto alien technology and is now a techno-organic being. Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is an Atlantean hybrid. Capable of living in both air and water, he brings an impressive skill set to the team due to the fact that by simply living in extremely deep depths no human has ever been he’s damn near invulnerable and has super-strength on the level of Wonder Woman and Superman.
And he can talk to fish.
Sorry. Couldn’t resist.
But even with all this muscle on his side, Batman thinks they need something else. And so, he proposes a plan to resurrect Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) using Kryptonian technology much in the same way Lex Luthor created Doomsday in “Superman V Batman: Dawn of Justice” The Justice League isn’t so sure about this. Say they bring him back? How will Superman feel about being brought back from the dead? Will he be the same Superman? Should they even do this?
And to me, the debate about bringing Superman back from the dead is one of the many things I enjoyed about JUSTICE LEAGUE. This isn’t “The Avengers” and wisely, the filmmakers didn’t try to make it a knock-off of that movie. JUSTICE LEAGUE remains true to the characters it’s already established and does a good job of laying the groundwork for those we meet in this one.
Ben Affleck is thisclose to replacing Michael Keaton as my favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman. There isn’t a scene in this movie where he gets the character wrong. And it helps that Danny Elfman did the score because every time Batman has an action sequence he recycles his score from the “Batman” movies he did with Tim Burton. Both Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons do things with their dialog and body language that had me believing this was the Michael Keaton/Michael Gough Bruce Wayne and Alfred 20 years later.
Gal Gadot continues to make the role of Wonder Woman her own and I really loved the scenes she has with Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. It cements and defines their roles as part of The Trinity. She is the Heart and Compassion. Bruce is the Brain and Intellect. And Clark is The Hope and Aspiration. And JUSTICE LEAGUE brings that out, I think and shows why these three characters are and should be the foundation of any Justice League team.
What else? Well, I think they could have used Steppenwolf’s appearance in the “New Gods” comic book as I think it would have been more visually distinctive (Steppenwolf’s the guy on the right).
As it is, I have to agree with those of you who think that Steppenwolf is a generic CGI Big Bad. I didn’t like the opening sequence where Zack Snyder plays Sigrid’s cover of “Everybody Knows” over the opening credits. You did that for “Watchman”, bro. And it was brilliant. Leave your brilliance there.
When I saw Wonder Woman saving the hostages I said: “OH! That’s where she was going at the end of “Wonder Woman”!” Yeah, I agree with all of you that said that Ezra Miller’s incarnation of Barry Allen/The Flash was annoying. I didn’t like him and I really hated his costume. Way too busy. Why would a speedster have all those pieces that could fall off on his costume? And can we have a movie where The Amazons team up with The Dora Milaje?
What else? Bruce Wayne and Arthur Curry discussing professional vigilantism. Everything and anything having to do with Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons and Ray Fisher who does superb work as Cyborg and I consider him along with Jason Momoa sharing the MVP honors for this movie.
If you haven’t seen JUSTICE LEAGUE and you’re a fan of superhero movies, see it. Don’t listen to the haters. JUSTICE LEAGUE is a good and satisfying superhero movie. It’s not great. Don’t get me wrong. But as far as DC superhero movies go: there’s “Wonder Woman” “Suicide Squad” and there’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. Enjoy.