It has been a long time coming, but the Justice League has finally made their big screen debut, and for nerds like me it was a pretty great moment, but for everyone else it was probably just ‘fine’. The movie had too many things to do and not enough time to do it, but the characters themselves were awesome. Showing that if nothing else DC has a great casting director.
The movie starts pretty soon after Batman v Superman, and the world is still mourning the loss of Superman (Henry Cavill). AKA The monster that everyone hated after Man of Steel because he destroyed Metropolis, but I guess you don’t know what you got until it is gone. Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) has decided to take Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eisenberg) advice seriously and get ready for an invasion, so he has to get a very special team together.
The team is far and away the best part of the Justice League. Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa are great as The Flash and Aquaman. Bringing their characters to life with so much fun and flare. Ray Fisher was fine as Cyborg, but he wasn’t given much to do other then brood, so I will need to see more of him before I pass final judgement. Gal Godot as Wonder Woman continued to be great, but the movie needed to pick up the camera off the floor when filming her scenes. We get it, she has a nice butt. Ben Affleck was given most of the heavy lifting in this movie to try and connect everything together, so sadly a lot of his dialog was exposition, and his character suffers for it. Making him the least convincing member of the League. I am not going to say much about Superman, other than he finally gets to genuinely smile, and it is fabulous.
Unfortunately the movie built around this great cast was not great, and honestly unlike everyone else I am not upset about the fact their villain was another gray blob. When introducing three new characters you don’t have time to develop a villain, so random angry alien guy makes sense. The problem was this movie was rushed. The special effects are garbage. The reshot scenes seemed to be filmed with a different type of camera on cheaper sets, so they stand out in bad way. All in all this movie needed more time, and Warner Brothers/DC will no doubt pay the price for not delaying Justice League until early next year.
The fantastic cast of well acted characters made the Justice League work for me. It has been a lifelong dream to see the League all together on screen, and slapdash special effects and poorly edited added scenes were not enough to ruin that for me. For other people, maybe wait to rent or stream Justice League. Though you will want to see it. If only to get ready for Aquaman because after Jason Momoa’s fun performance you will be as pumped for it as I am.