Warner Brothers’ DC Extended Universe has had a rough history to say the least. From the polarizing first entry with Man of Steel in 2013 , the almost unanimously panned Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016 , to their first real home run with Wonder Woman released in 2017. While I can safely say I have enjoyed all of these films on very different levels (they all have good elements to them) I feel that there is potential for DC films to find a proper identity and to release consistently good work, I felt that Wonder Woman was an excellent example of the direction they were going to go in. It had a good balance of light heartedness and darkness, while having a sort of “epicness” that the Marvel films tend to lack. Fans (including myself) have been wondering whether the next film in the franchise, Justice League will continue in this direction, now that the film is out, how does it fare up?
Well, as people may know the production of the film was troubled, from director Zack Snyder having to step down due to a family tragedy, immense fan backlash from the previous films (excluding Wonder Woman) causing everybody to course correct all of their previous issues, having to introduce 3 new characters and a new villain into the universe and Warner Bros. insisting on a 2 hour runtime. Despite all of this, I can safely say that I enjoyed Justice League. It’s undeniably flawed and I can understand why people are not going to enjoy the film. Due to having somebody else to handle post-production and reshoots the film is rather messy and inconsistent with itself, the plot is paper thin almost non existent, the villain (while not terrible) is severely lacking compared to the villains we have been getting in comic book movies lately and the film is simply too short, and (surprisingly enough) could have done with being longer.
As for the things I enjoyed (which far outweigh the flaws in my opinion) I enjoyed the on screen presence of every member of the Justice League, Ben Affleck was solid as Batman, Gal Gadot was wonderful as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller was absolutely hilarious as The Flash (and currently my favorite member and on screen depiction of the character), Newcomer Ray Fisher was very sympathetic as Cyborg, Jason Momoa was both hilarious and awesome as the first ever live action depiction of Aquaman (my personal favorite comic book superhero), and a certain actor playing a certain character (who I cannot mention due to it entering spoiler territory). The action set pieces were sometimes awe inspiring. And when I saw the team fully assembled I had the biggest smile on my face.
All in all I had a good time with Justice League, It was fun albeit extremely flawed , but if you are looking for a fun 2 hours to spend, I recommend it and I hope this is a step in the right direction for DC films.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 47 Issue 6 on November 22, 2017