Friends, I’ve just watched the Justice League movie and I wanted to share my thoughts with you about what to expect. As most of the dialogue online will tell you, this film sits between the 40-50% range on Rotten Tomatoes and most media say it’s a clunky mess. What I can tell you is that this score, based on ahem critics’ (Ones that start their articles with “As a former drama student …”) reviews, is very undeserving and I’m not sure what movie those people had watched but it wasn’t the one I had seen tonight. I must admit that after the horrible start to the DCEU in the form of BvS, I did have some serious reservations about Justice League as well. However, they were put to rest within the first 10 minutes of this movie. The action was well-paced, the actors have great chemistry with one another, the jokes land with decent laughs, and there are enough fan-service Easter Eggs to tickle every fanboys and fangirls fancy.
The plot is that a baddie from another dimension, known as The Fourth World to DC Comics fans, named Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) shows up to gather the three cubed-shaped pieces of biotechnology called Mother Boxes left almost a millennia ago in the hands of the Atlanteans, Amazons, and humans, which will help the villain in his quest to enslave the world and continue his servitude to the bigger bad known as Darkseid. Of course, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) aren’t having it, so they recruit Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to put the kibosh on the attempted world domination.
So now we get into some real spoiler territory.
Realizing that one of these Mother Boxes has the potential to resurrect the still dead Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman cooks up a plan to return him to this mortal coil because the odds of the Justice League beating the bad guy is that much greater with Superman around. Batman and his pals succeed and Superman is back. Understandably p!ssed off at first, but he comes around to aid his fellow heroes in saving the Earth. Here’s where I can say that the film got a muddled and during Supes’ confused, newly reborn phase he was still acting like the stoic piece of cardboard that he was in Batman v Superman. As soon as Lois (Amy Adams) more or less reminds him of his obligation to this planet he instantly becomes the Superman I’ve been missing on-screen for almost 40 years. Finally, he’s SUPERMAN – one that I can’t wait to see more of in future DCEU films.
The entire cast is each given a moment during the story and I must admit I liked Jason Momoa as Aquaman way more that I thought I would. Ben Affleck is a great Bruce Wayne and Batman. While Grant Gustin is still my #1 Flash, Ezra Miller does a fine job as both the Scarlet Speedster and the audience surrogate. Ray Fisher’s portrayal as Cyborg was spot-on from the comics and I can see why others may have not appreciated his performance since they’re only exposure to the character is probably Teen Titans Go! How many times and how many ways she wants to do it, Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman – she earned it and she owns it.
Bottom Line: Go see this movie. Highly recommended. I walked into theater thinking I would be happy to get through it once and afterward I’ve already made plans to see it at least two more times. The Dark Knight and/or Captain America: The Winter Soldier (My top two superhero films of all time.) it’s not, but it is a heck a lot of fun and way better than the three most current cinematic offerings from The House Of Ideas. Also be sure to stick around for the two after credit scenes, you’ll be happy that you did.