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.
If you got a chance to watch Wonder Woman in theatres or since the blu-ray release, you would agree with most people that it is by far the best DC film out and one of the best films of the year. A lot of things worked for Wonder Woman. Now, I think it’s fair to say that the hype behind Justice League is there, but like me, it’s better to keep expectations to a minimum until these DC films start to gain traction. With that being said, I’m glad I kept my expectations to a minimum or else I would’ve been disappointed.
Justice League stars the big three you should know – Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Now to round out the Justice League are 3 smaller names that some of you may not even know – Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg and Jason Mamoa as Aquaman. There’s no point in talking about the big three because we all know what to expect from them, but with the three newcomers, I thought Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa were really good. At times, they would steal a scene here and there, especially Miller. And this makes sense as Aquaman and The Flash will have their standalone films released soon (Aquaman, 2018 and Flashpoint 2020). As for Ray Fisher, it was hard to really get into his character, so I thought he was just decent. One thing to note about Henry Cavill – if you ever think his face, especially his upper lip looks weird, well that’s because it was CGI. You’re probably wondering why they needed to use CGI on his upper lip and it’s because they had to do reshoots, but they were doing them while Cavill was filming for Mission Impossible 6 where he has a moustache. Unfortunately, due to his contract, he was not allowed to shave the moustache, so that’s why they needed to use CGI on his upper lip. I thought it looked super weird in the first scene, but didn’t really notice it too much throughout the film.
The action in Justice League was good, but nothing spectacular, especially when you compare it to other superhero films. The CGI in general was also not up to par. As for the story, well, it’s tough to critique it. The film needs to tie in three new characters, their initial story, connect them to the big three and then create an actual storyline for the film. So, needless to say, the story jumps all over the place and the editing wasn’t as smooth as it should’ve been, even though it’s a tough task. So, if you look at it at a high level, then the story was good. However, I thought the villain was really weak and really obnoxious.
Honestly, Justice League just falls flat and what I mean by that is, don’t expect a lot from it, go in with low expectations and enjoy it for what it is. Don’t compare it to any Marvel films or even Wonder Woman. The best way I can describe Justice League is that it’s just like the superhero films of the early 2000s. Nice to have, but nothing mind blowing. Don’t forget to stay behind, as there’s a scene mid credits and after credits.