Is “The Justice League” Good? Or Just A Mediocre Toy Commercial?
By Scott Kurland
Film: Justice League
Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa ,Ray Fisher, and Jeremy Irons
Director: Zack Snyder (and Joss Whedon uncredited)
Do you remember those late 80’s - early 90’s toy commercials for action figures from major motion pictures? Do you also remember how those toys had nothing to do with the movie, they were simply a means to get butts in seats? If you don’t, I’ll explain. “Jurassic Park” made action figures which looked nothing like the actual characters from the film. One figure had a jet-pack, the other had a rocket launcher. This happened a lot. So much so in fact that SNL made a fake toy commercial for the Oscar nominated “Philadelphia.” Instead of fighting AIDS, this Andrew Becket fought crime! Ridiculous? Yes! Offensive? A little…but it was true for the time. That’s what this week’s film “ Justice League” is like; one big over-the-top toy commercial. Now, let’s see if this craziness pays off shall we?
Taking place after the events of “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” we pick up with Bruce Wayne (Affleck) who still upset over getting tricked by Lex Luthor and ZOD. He’s so heartbroken that he finds the other metahumans to form a pop music group…I mean...super team! Honestly the way he tosses around his money, you’d think he was producing a “Beatles” album. Bruce’s fears of annihilation might be right as Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) returns to steal the three infinity stones…I mean, mother boxes...devices so powerful they will terraform Earth into the end of days. If you’re thinking this is the exact plot of “Man of Steel,” it’s because it is. But this time around, Batman and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) enlist The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (Jason Moma) to join the battle. Steppenwolf proves to be too strong however and it seems this super teams only hope is the last son of Krypton.
I need to start off by saying Superman returns as we all knew he would. I don’t know why they tried to keep this a secret. We knew he wasn’t really dead which is why I was baffled as to why the posters didnt having Superman in them. Does the DCEU really think we’re that naïve enough to believe that they killed off their best selling character? That right there made me realize what the real problem with DC films is...they treat us like children and talk down to us. Marvel treats its audience like fans and gives us what we want. DC gives us what they think we want, which is campy CGI.
“Justice League” was a good idea on paper, but the script loosely follows the comic. I know the same can be said about MARVEL, but they hit the mark. Also, their CGI and effects are incredible to look at. DC’s biggest problem is that they don’t bring the characters we know and love to the screen. Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen (A.K.A the Flash) is being hailed as the best thing in this film. Sadly, this is not Barry Allen. Miller is playing Wally West. I know a lot of people don’t care because he is great in the film, but I do. The Flash is my favorite DC comic character. I love both the 90's TV series and the current CW show. Those depictions are Barry, not this. The costume designs overall are too cartoony. It's almost like they’re trying to sell TOYS!!! That’s because they are. Every set or scene of the movie should have the same disclaimer-batteries not included.
“Justice League” is not a bad film, it’s just an action movie; a movie which has DC characters in it. Momoa is fine as Aquaman. Fisher and Miller are the two saving graces of the film even though Miller isn’t the right Flash. Affleck looks miserable on screen. Its clear he’s done playing the Dark Knight. Gal Gadot is less the Diana we saw in “Wonder Woman,” and more like a background piece. She gets a moment here and there, but it’s not what we want to see if I’m being completely honest. I did have a little fun watching this movie, but it was so minuscule that my disappointment shined through. Do yourself a favor, as fun and campy as this was, save your money. Either see “Thor: Ragnorak” or take that money and buy “Wonder Woman” if you want to support the DCEU.
REVIEW RATING: C