Well, Justice League is finally here. It’s been a long time coming. There’s been a whole hell of a lot going on with the DCEU and Warner Bros. for the last couple of years. A lot of it, maybe most of it, bad. The only truly shining spot is Wonder Woman. Everything else, all of the other movies in the DCEU have either been flatout bad or divisive.
Along with Guardians of the Galaxy 2, I don’t think I was too excited about seeing this movie. There was so much crap going on behind-the-scenes. Stuff I’ve talked about on here. Then the whole tragedy with Zack Snyder and his family. Bringing in Avengers helmer Joss Whedon to help with reshoots. And working on the script. Seeing what they did with BvS and how the studio reacted to the audience’s reaction.
I have said it many times, and I will say it again. They never should’ve hired Zack Snyder to do Man of Steel. He really did ruin everything. And I don’t completely hate MoS. But Snyder was the wrong dude to do Superman and was clearly not the right guy to introduce the world to the Justice League in live-action. If you’ve seen Batman v Superman, you know there was a different direction this universe was going in. Batman’s “dream”/”vision.” Snyder planned on doing something different with the JL movie. Then things were rewritten, and it’s obvious when you see the final product.
Zack Snyder should’ve never been part of the DCEU. And now, hopefully, he can finally take his exit and WB can go in the direction that they are now clearly trying to go in. Away from Snyder’s vision. That’s where it belongs, far away from what he was attempting to do. And while JL still has its problems, I can feel the shift in tone. This movie is more enjoyable than Suicide Squad and BvS. It’s a mess, in terms of editing. Script is a bit sloppy. CGI, in certain scenes, is awful. Villain is super bland and boring. I hate the way the Flash looks and acts in this. But everything else…is fine.
Justice League is fine. Nothing amazing. Not horrendous. Just in the middle. And I guess that’s enough for them right now. It’s able to loosen up a little bit and have more fun than the previous Snyder-directed entries. I’m sure some of that has to do with Whedon being on set for the reshoots. Not all of the jokes worked. Some were duds. But the effort is appreciated. This is also the best Superman we’ve seen in the DCEU. I like Henry Cavill in the role. Even though in some scenes, the CGI people fucked his face up by trying to digitally erase his mustache. But he’s a good Clark Kent/Superman. And when the gang finally decides to bring him back to life – something I’ll get into in a second – he brought some life back into the film. It was necessary. After the first initial encounter/confusion, Sups coming back felt hopeful. Seeing him working with the team was great.
I didn’t have a problem with how they decided to bring him back. It actually makes sense and is kind of obvious when you think about what the plot has to offer. I’m curious…I wonder what Snyder’s original vision was for the movie, now having seen the final product. I imagine they would bring Superman back to life and he would be evil throughout the whole thing. But he was only “evil” for a few minutes. Which I appreciated. He had a pretty amusing fight with everybody, and his moment with Flash was funny.
Speaking of Flash, I actually…kind of hated what they did with him in the movie. I don’t have a problem with Ezra Miller’s acting. He’s a fine actor. I don’t like the fact that his hair isn’t blonde. And I don’t like how Barry is being written in this. He is written like Wally West/Kid Flash. It makes me think that Snyder should have just gone with Wally for this iteration of the Flash. We have Barry on TV, having Wally in the movies would make so much sense. But no. He had to be Barry, and he had to be the comedy-relief of the movie. It’s jarring for me. It doesn’t work. Not to mention his ugly ass costume. And the fact that he doesn’t know how to properly use his powers in this movie and is tripping over his own feet. It…ugh. I don’t like the Flash in this movie.
And hearing about them wanting to do Flashpoint for the Flash solo film…really does not have me convinced. If they’re just going to bring in Wonder Woman and Thomas Wayne as Batman, it’s just going to distract from the Flash himself…and you can’t do Flashpoint this early in your cinematic universe. But whatever. I didn’t like the Flash. He has one or two moments that made me smile. That’s about it.
Someone I was much more interested in and fascinated by was Ray Fisher as Cyborg/Victor Stone. I pretty much loved everything about the character, how he was introduced in the movie. He has a real arch in the film. And Ray was giving a good performance. Cyborg is cool, I didn’t give much of a shit about him before, but I do now. I’m more interested in seeing him in his own solo outing. But it needs to hurry quickly, before 2020. 2019 maybe.
Aquaman didn’t make much of an impression on me in the film, to be honest. He was okay. Snyder didn’t let us truly see his power, he does a couple of things with water but not much. He’s mostly just showing off his brute strength.
Batman and Wonder Woman get the most to do, it feels like. It’s too bad Superman couldn’t be apart of this trinity, until the third act. But Gadot and Affleck were fine. Um…it’s becoming more and more obvious that Ben Affleck does not want to be Batman anymore. Like…after seeing this movie, it’s super obvious. He don’t want no part of this. Bruce, in this movie, is getting old and it seems like he has a death wish. It feels like he wants to die. It feels like he wants someone else to be the leader of the Justice League. Bruce doesn’t want to be here anymore.
And I am kind of ready for a new Batman. I’ve had my fill of this one. He’s old, he’s Affleck…I’m ready for an upgrade. Whether he gets written out or they just recast him. Actually, I think they should bring in someone younger, which would mean finding some way for Bruce/Affleck to exit respectfully. It was a mistake to go for an old Bruce Wayne this time around. Again, blame Snyder. I don’t want an old Batman for the Justice League, I want a young one. Someone who doesn’t have gray in their hair.
As I mentioned before, the villain in this movie…Steppenwolf…is super bland and boring. Just a waste of screen presence. And he was completely CG and looked terrible most of the time. It just didn’t look good. The only good thing about it is that the movie didn’t waste an amazing villain from the comics. The Justice League’s first villain was super super super meh, so this means they can only go upwards from here. Which is good for the story and DCEU. But Steppenwolf sucked in this movie.
Overall, the movie is okay. Still debating whether or not I want to see it again. I kind of do. But also kind of don’t. We’ll see.