Is JUSTICE LEAGUE the DC Movie We Hoped For?

Hallelujah to , and – DC action hero movies are finally on track to greatness. If we exclude the very splendid WONDER WOMAN movie everything following Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has been average as all hell. As much as I love the man, most of Snyder’s DC work has been flat as a pancake. JUSTICE LEAGUE corrects this affront for me. It is out today from in Australia. It’s rated M and runs for 121mins. Find the biggest and loudest cinema you can find and strap in for some DC fun!

 

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JUSTICE LEAGUE SYNOPSIS:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash, it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

 

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DC IS FINALLY ON TRACK:

I fracking loved this movie but there are issues galore. Firstly, it is more like the DC animations most of us have come to worship, there is one thing DC never screws up, it’s their animations. Ok – BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE was hideous, I loathed it, but a lot of people loved it. If you consider that this is a real-life recreation of a few of their animations and it’s an origin story for the  league then it is A-Grade awesome. The introductions to the characters are all flawless. The characters and actors are wonderful and their chemistry is on Avengers level. Speaking of Avengers’ level; the comedy is as good (if not a little better) than Avengers thanks to the brilliant Ezra Miller and The Flash. The Flash movie is going to be so fracking awesome!!!

The storyline is decent for their origin story but it has some gaping holes in it. The most notable was where on Earth (literally) was the human involvement in trying to stop the end of the world? There was none. Was this intentional? Did they take into account the general public’s criticisms of entire cities being destroyed and just go “fuck it, let’s just ignore humans, do everything for them but not involve them in the slightest?” Also part of the disjointed storyline no doubt comes from the two directors. Condolences to Snyder for having to depart but family comes first and losing a daughter would destroy the strongest of men so I wish him well with dealing with his and his family’s grief.

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Joss Whedon came on board about 75% through the movie and made a bunch of reshoots. These reshoots are fairly noticeable, not necessarily to me, but I did have a DC expert sitting next to me who literally told me certain scenes Snyder would never shoot that way. The farm scene was the most notable and what the hell was that opening on a kid’s cell phone? But also considering the reshoots involved having to CGI a certain character’s moustache out (that he had grown for his next movie), you can tell just by this CGI face. That CGI moustache removal was a a big letdown for the movie, it stood out like a giant CGI fracking (lack of) moustache and should have at deserved to be credited!! When speaking to Kernel Jack last night, who was also in the screening, his words were “that moustache will haunt my dreams tonight.” Haha.

But what Joss destroyed in CGI facial adjustments he made up for in making the movie lighter and more accessible to the public. It will hold a much greater appeal for viewers and it takes itself way less serious, just like Avengers. But when it gets serious in fight scenes it gets serious. The fight scenes and choreography are next level – as a team they are so much better than individuals.

 

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THE LEAGUE:

I loved them all. Even Batfleck, I thought he nailed it this time as opposed to the BvS movie. Ezra Miller was easily my favourite actor as the Flash. The Flash has always been my favourite DC character so to finally have him enter the movieverse made my day. I loved Grant Gustin as TV’s flash but I can now admit they were right in re-casting for the movie. Ezra is a completely different style of Flash and it can work easily because of the Flash creating so many multiverses (damn time meddlers!). Ezra’s comic timing is superb, even his real-life talks on the movie contain that same comic timing, I think he basically played himself in the movie.

Gal Gadot backed up her brilliance from her solo WONDER WOMAN movie and her introduction fight scene was epic!! just played and that’s all the public and the franchise needed – you can’t help but love that big wooly mammoth hunk of man meat. There is a certain scene with him and the Lasso of Truth that was hysterical.

Ray Fisher was a decent Cyborg. From speaking to others last night he will have to grow on people. He is a little surly, but that’s his character. But you got to love his cyborg parts – they are fracking awesome! He is basically a half human Transformer (but don’t hold that against it).

STEPPENWOLF:

The villain – Steppenwofl. I actually loved him – Kernel Jack wasn’t a fan. It is hard for the franchises to bring in more Alien bad guys, what can they do besides growl, be evil and slaughter things while preaching they are awesome? I thought Steppenwolf did a good job. He wasn’t comical or a little flat like a few Avengers villains of late and he slaughtered without concern. I enjoyed him onscreen but his bug creatures looked more like things from a Saturday morning DC TV comic show than a huge blockbuster movie. But they were passable filler.

 

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Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller and Jason Mamoa

 

HYBRID MOVIE:

JUSTICE LEAGUE does hold a certain hybrid feel to it. With so many Alien superhero movies out there comparisons are inevitable but there was scenes in the movie that reminded me of TRANSFORMERS, and not just Cyborg, JUSTICE LEAGUE has a certain Allspark similarity. Combine that with basically making the humans of old look like humans straight from Middle Earth. I am pretty certain that human is wearing a Nazgul helmet? Then there is the obvious comparison to the Avengers – but picking up the things that make Avengers successful and incorporating them into JUSTICE LEAGUE is a good thing that may only piss off hardcore DC fans.

IN CONCLUSION:

JUSTICE LEAGUE improves on both MAN OF STEEL and BATMAN V SUPERMAN. It is not without flaws but the characters are all loveable and their chemistry promises fun adventures moving forward in the DC Universe. In answer to my title question; Is JUSTICE LEAGUE the DC Movie we Hoped For? For me that’s a yes – sure it could have been better but it is better than its predecessors so it’s moving in the right direction. For an origin movie it is bloody impressive, just ignore the CGI top lip.

 

 

 

YOUR CRITIC:

 owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the  industry for 26yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. 

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