At the end of the day I think “Justice League” is a very—okay movie, with glimmers of greatness. But that’s the problem, sadly. Fans waited and waited, and didn’t want an okay movie. We fans wanted a great movie, and despite bringing in Joss Whedon in the final hour, “Justice League” feels less like the beginning of an epic saga of superheroes, and more like a throwaway episode of a mediocre superhero series. And what with “mustache gate” and the continued controversy over the original cut of the film, “Justice League” will carry a lot of baggage with it forever. Which is sad, because I still didn’t hate it as much as I did “Batman v Superman.”
It’s watchable, at the very least. Set directly after “Batman v Superman,” DC lightens their universe up a bit and jettisons some details from the aforementioned movie to kind of create a fun team movie. After the death of Superman, Batman begins to realize that the world took him for granted, and with crime rising he begins to think it’s time to assemble a team of other like minded avengers to stop megalomaniacs, and criminals from all corners of the universe. Meanwhile a menace known as Steppenwolf rears his head, anxious to assemble a small group of cubes called “Mother boxes” for the sake of… um…. I want to say conquering the world.
But another part of me wants to say to bring in his master, Darkseid. As Bruce Wayne begins bringing together folks like Arthur Curry aka Aquaman, The Scarlet Speedster known as The Flash, and the Amazonian Wonder Woman, the young Cyborg, who’s merged with a mother box, struggles to keep Steppenwolf at bay. “Justice League” isn’t that bad of a movie once it is set in to motion and the narrative gains momentum. There’s some interesting action, and fun set pieces, not to mention Whedon does what Snyder couldn’t, and gives Superman some much needed spotlight. The resurrection of Superman is painfully underwhelming, but that’s almost forgiven when we see scenes like Superman talking to two young boys with a smile as they film him on their phones.
Or when The Flash attempts to sneak up on him, and realizes to his shock, that you just don’t sneak up on Superman. In a better movie with a better vision, “Justice League” could have been just as superb as “The Avengers” but on a different wavelength. As it stands, it suffers from tonal ups and downs, goofy dialogue, some weird CGI, and a completely animated villain who lacks personality or menace. I’m glad to own “Justice League” as a conversation piece and throwaway distraction for future more important tasks; it kept me watching with a smile.
There’s a Digital copy for consumers, but sadly, the “Director’s Cut” is nowhere to be found. However, there is two minutes of “Bonus Footage” which doesn’t warrant a lot of mentioning. There’s “Road to Justice,” a fourteen minute profile of the Justice League, the twelve minute “Heart of Justice” which profiles the DC trinity of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. There’s “The New Heroes” which profiles lesser knowns like The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, which is more of an excuse to elaborate on their minimal roles for the audience. There’s a look in to Steppenwolf which is a scant here minutes, total, as well as “Technology of Justice League” which delves in to the film’s various gadgets. There are four featurettes totaling fifteen minutes that discusses key scenes for the film, and finally “Suit Up” which discusses the costume design for the film’s heroes.