Come for the superhero mash up, stay for Henry Cavill’s top lip.
DC comics top superheroes; Batman, Wonder Woman, Aqua man, The Flash, Cyborg (nope, me neither) and freshly-brought-back-from-the-dead Superman, team together to stop this month’s villain, Steppenwolf from gathering together mystic boxes of energy that could spell certain doom for earth and its increasingly antsy inhabitants.
That’s pretty much it as far as story is concerned, if I’m being completely honest that will do. There isn’t much more going on in this movie. Gal Gadot plays fighty den mother who dully explains to Batman and the audience why he feels guilty about Superman’s death in the previous outing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Cyborg slightly wrestles with his dilemma of being part man part machine before becoming all awesome. Ezra Miller really has nothing to do in terms of character, beyond looking cool in effects and the odd misfiring wise crack, and Henry Cavill’s Superman informs us that coming back from the dead was itchy.
It is a strange old beast this movie. It’s one of the most butt-ugly superhero flicks that I’ve seen recently and it’s pretty bad on the whole. However, there is something in it.
Justice League is the fourth movie entry into WB/DC’s movie universe and should have been the Jewel in the WB/DC universe had its conception not been so fraught with production difficulties and critical indifference from the get go.
Original director Zack Snyder stepped down midway through the production shoot to be replaced by Joss Wheedon, whose film & TV credentials at this point are bordering on the ridiculous. It has been stated that the final share of each directors’ work on screen was roughly 50/50, but I was more inclined to feel it falls 80/20 in Wheedon’s favour. If Cavill’s infamous moustache job is anything to go by, I’d say that the majority of his stuff was reshot.
It is a strange old beast this movie. It’s one of the most butt-ugly superhero flicks that I’ve seen recently and it’s pretty bad on the whole. However, there is something in it. There is a sense of fun that has been lacking in Batman and Superman’s story. When Ben Affleck isn’t looking all sad and doughy you can actually see this shining through.
Justice League is a perfunctory superhero movie that ticks off the generic list with a multi-coloured pen. If you liked the previous movies in this series, then you’ll love it. However, if like me you didn’t then you may want to wait for the Bluray.