Justice League Review

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The DC cinematic universe has had a bumpy ride the past couple of years to say the least, and with this film DC has a lot to prove with their first Justice League film that mashes up iconic heroes in what seems as a rushed attempt to catch up with Marvel. Although it is clearly a rush, it does not necessarily mean the film is bad by any means. Justice League stills offers an enjoyable viewing experience, mixed with humor that was absent from Batman v. Superman, to bring out a solid film.

The general story of Justice League takes place shortly after the death of Superman back in BvS, and without the Man of Steel to protect the world any longer, it has Earth vulnerable to a greater evil. Steppenwolf, Darkseid’s middle man, takes advantage of this absence and goes to Earth to recover the three Mother Boxes, which are hidden throughout the planet. One in Themyscira, another in Atlantis, and the last whose location is known by Cyborg. Knowing of this impending doom, Bruce Wayne must seek out certain individuals to form a league of superheroes to stop it.

The other new characters that join the league, besides Batman and Wonder Woman, are Cyborg, Aquaman, and the Flash. They are introduced rather quickly, perhaps due to a good amount of the film being cut for the theatrical release, which makes their reasons for joining seem partial and incomplete. The main antagonist of the film, being Steppenwolf, is most of the time in background and is used more as a plot device in order to serve as a reason for the Justice League’s formation. Aside from that though, the characters interactions with one another are well done, with humor scattered throughout the film that mostly succeeds in its execution, while at the same time when the story is unable to grab the audiences attention, the stellar cast pulls through and carries the film offering the audience with standout performances such as Ezra Miller’s take on the Flash.

It is also important to discuss the return of Superman, which Warner Bros. was not shy to reveal prior to the film’s release. Henry Cavill dawns the red cape once more, and this time a character that has been resurrected to help fight the Steppenwolf’s forces and be the leader of the Justice League. His return to the DCEU is done well enough to ensure it makes sense contextually, but even if it did not, it is nice to see more Superman action. Plus, his return scene is the highlight of the film.

Overall, even though Justice League is inconsistent at times, it delivers fun superhero action to the big screen. Each actor proves their worth of the famous superheroes they play and most of the time are the sole reason of keeping the audiences on their seats. This film adaption of the Justice League may not be perfect, or even close to it, but it is nice to see these heroes and villains that were once restricted to comic book pages and cartoons, finally get their chance at the big screen in the full big-budget Hollywood treatment.

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