Today, another comic book movie hit the silver screen that brings together an ensemble of characters that has never been done before in the live-action format. Warner Bros. and DC Comics presented Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg together and I have to tell you, it… was… incredible!
Seeing these massive comic book characters side by side was like seeing them walk off the page. In all honesty and transparency, I am biased since I am a comic book reader and self proclaimed DC fanboy. But seeing them together at last didn’t give me any chills or tears from my eyes. It just felt right. I’m going to stay away from Avengers comparisons and since I haven’t read any reviews prior to watching the movie and writing this post, I’m going to focus on the movie as a whole and my honest (though biased) opinion of it. So,
Ok, last one. Totally out of my system now.
Justice League was a safe movie for DC. But safe can be defined differently by each person. Personally, I felt the safe approach really helped focus on the story. And to me, the story was clean. These days, plot holes are riddled within our movies because they tend to have A LOT going on and these story leaps are needed or else a film may span longer than the already long 2 hour runtime. But the logic was sound from beginning to end and I’m really happy that they started the movie with a bang. For the first 10 minutes, I was on a rollercoaster of character set up and I really enjoyed that the dialogue in those scenes really pushed the scenes and character interactions. I knew that without any solo movies aside from the big three (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman), the rest of the League needed to be introduced quickly but I didn’t feel like it was rushed. I honestly got more excited for the forthcoming solo movies for Aquaman and The Flash after their introductions. And that feeling continued to grow as the movie progressed.
One thing that I really liked was how the special effects looked similar to Batman v. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Suicide Squad. It had its own style and that helped connect this universe for me. And the soundtrack in this film was phenomenal! To catch the Batman theme by Danny Elfman, who composed the music for this film, as well as John William’s Superman theme not only gave me chills but motivated me to remark “hell yeah” countless times throughout the movie. Putting all those movie devices together really helped keep an even pacing and the story progressed without a beat.
Let’s talk about pacing. This movie boasted an ensemble cast. I didn’t feel like any one character had more screen time than the others. Even Alfred was present and contributing. Jeremy Irons FTW! Plus, the inclusion of JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon was great actually. It felt like a really good set up for Batman’s solo movie. Let me get real for a second in this next part. I want to talk about Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon. This movie was credited to Zack. He also helped write the story. As a longtime Joss Whedon fan, I could tell which scenes were his and what dialogue he tweaked to make it a more natural scene. I still believe that Zack’s story was the foundation of this movie and Joss’ involvement added this extra level of polish to ensure everything cinematically was on point. I’m a fan of Zack Snyder as well and this movie felt like the studio let him make the movie he wrote. My direct comparison, of course, is Batman v Superman where all the Justice League parts felt rushed and really distracting to Zack’s overall story. I think they could have done the most important bits such as Bruce’s dream as a post credit scene in that movie or even in Wonder Woman or included it at the beginning of this movie. I can make these suggestions because it’s after the fact but I really feel as if this one-two punch of Zack and Joss really elevated a simple story involving tons of characters who the majority of viewers are familiar with but presented the overall story in a way that was entertaining and logical.
Of course, there will be many who disagree with my assessment. Again, I’m biased since I’m a DC fanboy. But I did come with a lot of expectations and I had a high bar, higher than most I think. And the way this movie plays out along with really great character moments was refreshing after the many negative comments from past DC movies. I didn’t realize how much I’d smile and laugh during the movie. It was surprisingly great to be able to laugh at The Flash (just going to leave it at that) and the dialogue between Batman and Aquaman as well. I felt a sense of community between these characters and not just a collection of individually awesome personas.
The Justice League is finally here and I️, for one, am proud of how Zack, Joss, and DC decided to present them to the world. Bravo and if you need me, I’ll be at the movie theaters, watching it again in IMAX!
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