The League Of Extraordinary Justice follows a changed and inspired Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) as he enlists the help of Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) and three other powerful beings to face Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds), a great enemy looking for his Mother… Boxes. The film also stars Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams and is directed by Zack Snyder.
My Thoughts On The Characters And Story
In a universe filled with flying robotic insects and costumed vigilantes, I think the most unbelievable part of it is that the Kents still haven’t fully paid off that farm. It’s been in their family for like, a millennia. Did Pa Kent’s life insurance not cover intentional death by hurricane?
Another day, another superhero film arrives that divides fan bases when all I ask is, can’t we all just get along? As I’ve mentioned throughout my various comic book film reviews, I am neither a Marvel or DC-stan. I like when an MCU installment showcases the muscly Thor utilizing his God-like powers set to “Immigrant Song”, I like when a DC movie illustrates the insane ass kicking abilities of Wonder Woman. I will say for Justice League, it is my second favourite DCEU movie behind this year’s unbelievably phenomenal Patty Jenkins’-directed Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot has grown on me throughout her 3 appearances as the Princess of Themyscira (Batman V Superman and WW being the other two) and I honestly found myself waiting for the next scene featuring her or some other Amazonian entity. I enjoyed Gadot’s performance in Justice League despite there being certain moments where she had a frozen stern look on her face or the instances where an atrociously obvious CG green screen is featured in the background.
Battfleck was around as the spearheader of the Justice League. Affleck read his lines accordingly and had a few quick quips, he really gave the embodiment of a serviceable performance. The new members of the League, Barry Allen/Flash (Miller), Victor Stone/Cyborg (Fisher) and Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Momoa) were welcome additions. The Flash’s frequent hesitation to enter battle was hysterical, Miller absolutely crushed it in the role. Fisher portrayed the Cyborg with a chip on his shoulder effectively; I don’t want to say it was a “robotic” performance because that’d be too easy but it was relatively robotic.
Jason Momoa + his gorgeous locks appear as Aquaman and while I enjoyed him as the character, there was one specific sequence involving his underwater world of Atlantis wherein he spoke with a fellow Aquaperson that was just… Not very good. Momoa is clearly a powerful presence on screen (as seen during his run on Game Of Thrones) so hopefully his performance is a bit more endearing in his James Wan-directed standalone set for release next December.
Steppenwolf, portrayed by the fantastically brilliant
Julius Caesar Ciaran Hinds, uttered as many generic villainous catchphrases as possible, it became thoroughly entertaining after awhile. I do like how they connected S-Wolf to the other Leaguers(?) Is that the proper terminology? However, the visually muddled vomit that were he and his cronies every time they appeared on screen became a bit tiresome.
As far as the actual getting together of the crew, I thought it was executed effectively. My favourite getting-a-crew-together sequence hails from the 2001 Steven Soderbergh masterwork, Ocean’s Eleven so when these kinds of plot devices come about, I usually wonder how it would hypothetically stack up against Ocean’s. Of course, I wouldn’t dismiss another film because it doesn’t exactly fit the brilliant mold of what Ocean’s did, I’m not a cinephilic psychopath. Batfleck did his thing, trying his best to monotonously convince other people to save the world (a common occurrence seen in many modern superhero films… JUST HOW OFTEN IS THE WORLD IN IMMINENT DOOM FROM OTHERWORLDLY CREATURES?!) Every character had their respective reservations (or not) and it was satisfying seeing them all ultimately come together.
I do wish there was more of a dynamic between the crew. Every cast member seems to have a smashing good time together during interviews and such (Sadfleck moments not including) that didn’t really translated within the film. Their chemistry fell sort of flat for the most part. There were definitely sequences, however, where I felt the genuine chemistry/camaraderie building between them – A specific one involving the Lasso Of Truth was frigging brilliant.
How Were The Other Aspects Of Justice League?
The technical components of the film are where it gets kind of hairy. It’s definitely more aesthetically pleasing than what was seen in previous DC incarnations like Suicide Squad or BvS, however there were glaringly obvious moments where you knew the cast was wandering around a sound stage a la the Prequels. Also… That Henry Cavill upper lip/mustache work. Yowza.
It was nice seeing Cavill’s Superman smile and throw the charm on for just a split second, something I hope we see more of as the DCEU trudges along, ie. Henry Cavill’s Superman actually enjoying where he’s at for a moment or two. It’s been said ad nauseam but Cavill is a remarkably charismatic human being (see: 2015’s The Man From UNCLE) so witnessing the few quips he makes in Justice League was a breath of fresh air in this predominately grim and brooding cinematic universe.
If this film is any indication, future DCEU additions may veer away from its typical darker tone and strive to create a balance between the bleak/dreary and light/humourous. Justice League isn’t as “ha ha!” as something like Thor: Ragnarok but it does know when to hit you with certain quips and when to just let the scene play out. As with any CBM, there are certain jokes you can spot coming a parsec away, not to mention predicting some of the regular dialogue as well.
If you’ve generally been a bit “meh” when it comes to watching DCEU properties (except for Wonder Woman ofc), you may be in for a pleasant surprise with Justice League.
Justice League receives 3.5/5 Matt Damon heads.
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What are your thoughts on Justice League?
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