‘Justice League’ Review

Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, who Snyder hired to do some rewrites on the film and to take over the reshoots after the director had stepped down from the production due to a family tragedy.

The overall plot of the film is this: in the wake of Superman making the ultimate sacrifice at the climax of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne/Batman and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman must assemble a group of superpowered individuals to stand up to the threat of Steppenwolf: an axe-wielding alien who commands an army of Parademons and whose ultimate goal is to unite three otherworldly cubes called Mother Boxes for his own nefarious purposes.

Let’s get this out of the way, I am a huge fan of DC Comics. I collect and read the comics every week at my local comic book store, watch all the DCTV shows and greatly enjoy the movies as well, so you can imagine how happy I would be to finally see a number of my favourite superheroes unite on the big screen.

As for my thoughts on the DCEU so far, I loved Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice(especially the Ultimate Edition) disliked Suicide Squad but had a rollicking good time back in June with Wonder Woman. 

I am pleased to report that Justice League does not disappoint, aside from a few pacing and structural issues the movie does take its time to flow very well and when it eventually does, those issues are easily overlooked.

Now onto what I loved about the movie: seeing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash and Superman (whose role in this movie I dare not spoil) come together and be seen in all their glory is a sight to behold.

As a director, fast-paced action and slow-motion shots and effects as well as great visuals and often quite grimdark cinematography that contribute to those sequences is like a walk in the park for Zack Snyder. Despite some glaringly obvious effects of the reshoots throughout the film’s often rapid-fire two hour runtime, I still felt like I was watching and enjoying a Zack Snyder film.

The entire cast definitely brought their A-game. Ben Affleck is still a very effective Caped Crusader who’s a little bit more layered and nuanced than the narrow-minded and paranoid character he was in BvS. Gal Gadot, fresh off her smash hit solo turn as Wonder Woman still fits the role like a glove.

Jason Momoa was born to play Aquaman and having met him myself at a convention here in Australia, he is as physically imposing as he is a wisecracking badass! Ray Fisher makes the best of his role as Cyborg who I think could have been given a bit more to work with but I’m still happy with his character as I am in the current comics.

Ezra Miller is, without question, the breakout star of the film. As Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash, Miller does the role of the “Fastest Man Alive” justice with his lightning-fast abilities and progression from awkward social outcast to someone who fulfils their purpose in such a packed and talented league of heroes. The less I say about Henry Cavill’s return as Superman, the better, trust me on that so I don’t give anything away.

To summarize, I should also mention Steppenwolf and his goal as the villain. He’s played by Ciaran Hinds in a motion capture performance but as for how he’s visually realized, he definitely comes across as evil incarnate. Once before he tried to unite the three Mother Boxes to form something called the “Unity” but he failed back then but now more than ever he will stop at nothing to fulfil his purpose which could spell very disastrous results for the Earth which is all the more reason why the world needs the Justice League.

Let’s not forget the supporting cast of characters who are played by some of the best veteran actors working today. Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Amber Heard as Mera, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Billy Crudup as Henry Allen, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and last but not least Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler and the League’s quick-witted and useful “guy in the chair”.

I have already seen Justice League twice and plan to see it a third time at some point. The only major issue I have with the film is the fact that quite a bit of material from Zack Snyder’s original vison was left on the cutting room floor, but fingers crossed the studio sees fit to release a Director’s Cut on Blu-Ray.

Bottom line, I really enjoyed Justice League and was very pleased seeing all my favourite heroes interact with one another, work as a team among other things and most importantly leave me wanting more which is what I generally expect from a fun time at the movies.