Heroes like Batman, Wonder woman, and Superman among others have captivated comic books readers for nearly 80 years now. The Justice League being a staple of comic book culture, this pathion or larger than life heroes were the beginning of the age of superheroes that are now ripe with beloved characters big and small. With superhero films practically owning Hollywood in our modern day, it’s funny to wonder how a Justice league movie took so long to get off the ground. While Marvel has routinely pushed out Box office smashes like Iron Man, Captain America and Spiderman films, they’ve practically made a vast empire of inter connected films that form the back bone to their Avengers film universe. So what’s holding DC back, there first three films in their DC extended universe have all been very mixed in their reception. Man of Steel, Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad all receiving much criticism from fans and critics alike, with Wonder Woman looking like a very good step in the right direction. So did DC finally manage to pull together a fresh, smart and entertaining film bringing together the world’s greatest heroes, well yes and no.
Justice League is in no way an un entertaining film, it actually manages to be a very fun ride most of the way through, however it lacks the creativity and stakes that make the Avengers movies more that just superhero action fest. It also very clearly suffers from the symptoms of damage control, as DC desperatly tries to salvage what’s left of there attempt at a connected movie universe. There are many noticeable inconsistencies between films, like Batman’s urge to kill from Batman V Superman being convienently absent, Wonder woman going from a very hopeful and ultraristic hero to a flipflopping reluctant god in hiding, and Superman going from a stoic and unemotional and reluctant savior of the world to being much more like how most of us know Superman to actually be, heroic and charming and all around pleasent person to watch. Newcomers Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg are all welcome additions to the world. Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman bringing a very fun and new dynamic to a character that most people don’t have much knowledge of. Cyborg will make most young viewers happy with a portrayal from newcomer Ray Fisher that show much reverance to the Teen Titans show while bringing a whole new dimension to what is usually a comedic character.
Speaking of comic relief, this version of The Flash is the driving for behind most of the jokes in the film, most of which are hit or miss at best, this is a far cry from his portrayal in the CW television version of the Flash which has garnered much praise. It’s very clear their attempts to distance themselves from being compared to their tv counterpart that his character just comes off as alittle silly. The villain Steppenwolf, is little more than another CGI video game boss villain, with no real spark or gravitas to his character at all, he most comes off as a punching bag until we can get character like Darkside or Braniac, and he as a whole is really underwhelming.
And that’s this movie on a whole on a whole really, just underwhelming, not as big as a movie called Justice League should be. That’s not to say That’s this film has nothing going for it, the cinematography and design is absolutely breathtaking. With the characters and visuals emulating it’s source material down to its essence. Likewise the action scenes are all wonderfully entertaining to watch, with plenty of easter eggs teasing what’s to come for future installments down the line. The ensamble cast also works really well together with the material given, all playing off each other in funand entertaining ways. Ultimately, Justice league has the potential to be a really fun film, but it’s bogged down by not having a worth while enough story, inconsistance world building, and a studio thatbhas spent too long trying to emulate the success of Marvel to really do DC and it’s characters the true Justice it deserves.