I’ve hated every new DC film made so far. Well, Suicide Squad was okay, but I have yet to see a new age Batman and Superman related film that I can say was awesome and not just DVD/Bluray worthy. Justice League was pretty close to making me say it was awesome. I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it, and that is the most important part considering my feelings towards the previous films so far. I guess overall, they are just a step away from epicness if they just keep at it this way, whereas every other film hasn’t even been worth watching on DVD/Bluray.
The league is created after an enemy is released by the name of Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds). Diana (Gal Gadot) joins Bruce Wayne’s (Ben Affleck) mission to assemble the team after Steppenwolf invades her land and kills many of her fellow Amazonians. He is after the three Mother Boxes, that once joined, give him all the power he could ever desire. The boxes are located in three separate locations; one of which the super-villain was able to obtain from the grounds of the Amazon’s island, the second is hidden deep in the oceans and protected by meta-human’s who can breathe underwater, and is the homeland of Aquaman (Jason Momoa) himself, which is why he is all-in on the assembly, and the third is in an unknown location hidden by Man. Inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selflessness and need to protect humanity, Wayne wants to do all he can to keep everyone safe, and the only way he can do that is by playing nice with others, which even for Batman is quite hard.
Easy to follow and a story line that make sense, Justice League doesn’t hide away from big impact action either, which doesn’t reach the point of ridiculous. The other element used well, which we haven’t seen much of in the current chain of DC films, and is more of a Marvel Universe thing, has been the comedy aspect. Humour is used bearably often and when there is a joke or a well thought one-liner, it’s perfectly timed and well written into the scene.
Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) overacted in my opinion. He looked freakishly cool, but the actor seemed to have the next line in his mind and came off a little stiff.
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash was a worry for me when I first heard he got the role. The movies I’ve seen Miller in so far don’t help him come across as a bit of a funny dude, and I just don’t get the ‘superhero’ vibe from him. I just have Credence from Fantastic Beasts in my head and picture him only in dark roles. I’m also overly protective of Grant Gustin and the Flash series, so I had all the more reasons to not like Miller’s version. Man, did I love Miller as Allen/Flash. He was the one who made the comedy throughout the film, bearable. He was awkward and he was lovable; a great highlight of the film. However, the suits gotta go. Wardrobe needs to look at the TV series version a little closer for future Flash appearances.
Jason Momoa has made Aquaman cool again. Years of The Big Bang Theory made me think Aquaman sucked, but he doesn’t suck anymore. Momoa is the right type of funny, tough and laid-back needed for this version of the water superhero.
Steppenwolf is a scary looking villain, but his impact isn’t as strong as he looks. This was the only writing flaw. It felt as though he was only there to give a reason for the team to assemble, but his time on screen wasn’t enough for a super-villain, so he becomes easily forgettable.
I can finally say I didn’t cringe during a DC film. Well, that whole photoshopped upper lip on Henry Cavill was pretty bad, and every time Amy Adams was on screen I wanted to jump through and push her into a black hole (for the record, I don’t like Amy Adams. Sorry not sorry), but all comfortably pushed aside, mentally out of sight, out of mind.
I like Justice League enough to want to see the next one. I can comfortably give this DC film a 3 and a half out of 5. The Flash saved it in great speed!