Welcome back, this is the 250th article that will be posted on Reel Geek’s Guide. Were this a comic book in the 90s it’d be double sized, with a holographic or foil gimmicked out cover, and it would look super rad. As it stands it’s just another blog review, but it’s still a special one nonetheless.
I grew up reading DC Comics as much as Marvel, and have always wanted to see all these characters interacting together on the big screen. Back in the day we’d have to settle for an offhanded mention of Metropolis or Superman in a Batman movie and just imagine that in between films they worked together and fought one another from time to time, but now those days of pretending they work together are no more thanks to the DCEU.
The DCEU has been going on now for four years now and five movies. This year is special though because it feels like they are finally getting things right. Some critics may argue that we need to be demanding more from DC by this time than just a step in the right direction, but after movies like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad (which I did enjoy, but I took it for what it was), this year we are finally getting DC Comics movies that feel like the characters that we grew up reading (more or less, some changes had to be made with some characters)
Justice League is set sometime after the events of Batman V Superman, and having seen the movie in recent memory would definitely help your understanding of this movie as far as some key plot points go. Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) is assembling a team of superheroes to combat a new otherworldly threat which has threatened the people of earth.
An army of fear feeding Parademons from Apokolips, led by Steppenwolf (voice of Cirain Hinds-Game of Thrones) who are trying to collect this movies Mcguffins, the motherboxes, which (much like Marvel’s Infinity Stones) when assembles together are powerful and shoot a beam of energy up into the sky and that’s a bad thing. Both for the world and for the movie, because it’s been done to death in this genre of films. So it’s up Bruce to get the band together and save the world.
There is a lot that I really enjoyed here in this movie. The opening phone video interview with Superman (Henry Cavill) is the most Superman like Superman we’ve had onscreen since Christopher Reeves.
And there are so many moments that feel like DC Comics come to life, even into the post credits scenes, that are moments of pure DC fan joy they must be seen.
Ezra Miller (Perks of Being A Wallflower) is this movie’s heart and soul as Barry Allen/The Flash. He’s a lot different from any version we’ve had before, especially the tv version currently on the CW, but his wide eyed wonder at being a superhero and hanging out with Batman and such really feels like our geeky proxy character for us to live through onscreen.
Some my complain that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) isn’t a proper Aquaman, but changes needed to be made to make him want to be seen onscreen, and his laid back attitude worked for me in this role. I look forward to his solo movie.
The story itself feels rushed at times, and some of the characterization changes to characters, while a welcome course correction still feel weird and unearned but to have proper Superman and Batman on the screen together it’s worth it.
One of the biggest disappointments to me with this movie is the score by movie score legend Danny Elfman (Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas) is so generic and bland you could hardly tell it was him at all doing the score. At one point he uses his classic Batman theme from the Tim Burton movies, but only for a split second, before going back to his generic 2017 superhero movie score playlist, and it’s most saddening to hear as a longtime a fan. There’s another point where it totally sounds like he copied “The Avengers ” theme by Alan Silvestri, and that’s a huge musical sin for me.
There’s also some odd choices in the script at times, such as Lois Lane (Amy Adams-Enchanted) calling out to a resurrected Superman as “Clark” in front of a few police officers who are there keeping an eye on the scene in this scene, like secret identities be damned. That was most headscratchingly frustrating to this long term fan.
Forgettable plot and villain aside, Justice League is a really fun movie and if you’re a DC fan you’ll love it to see your favorite heroes interacting onscreen together.
I’m most excited for a sequel, especially after what this movie sets up, which after the post credits scene, if they follow through with it will be a thing Ive been waiting to happen in a superhero movie since this new age of comic book movies, you know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen it.
All in all, it’s a fun movie that could have been amazing, but still one to see if you’re a fan of the source material.