By Matt Liew
DC’s Justice League had us waiting with bated breath. Yes, we haven’t exactly had the greatest opinion of recent DC movies (see: BvS Review & Suicide Squad Review), but we were hoping that Justice League would do better. Our spoiler-free opinions after the jump:
Notable scenes shown in the trailers are funnier in the trailer than in the movie
Taking a leaf out of Marvel’s page, Justice League is jam-packed with memorable & quotable moments. While being breath of fresh air for DC, Justice League had the misfortune of showing off more than half of the movie’s memorable scenes in the trailer. Even more damning, the memorable scenes were more often than not funnier in the trailer than in the actual movie itself.
CGI was a mixed bag
CGI was very well done for Cyborg & the plot devices (you’ll understand if/when you watch Justice League), but badly done for the villains & environments. Remember how weird Steppenwolf looked in the trailer? Most of us wrote it off as “it’s an early render, it’ll look better in the movie”, but that’s exactly how he looked in the movie. I’ve played console games with better graphics than Justice League.
Tight scripting and plots that make sense have not been part of Zack Snyder’s repertoire, and Justice League suffers from having a weak plot as a result. The movie is littered with plot holes that are Martha-level bad.
Batman has an unhealthy obsession with martyring himself
Unlike comic Batman, who always plans for his own safety when he’s forced into dangerous situations to save other people/the world, Batfleck displays an unhealthy obsession with martyring himself to save the world in Justice League. His uncharacteristically reckless behaviors leaves him in life-or-death situations twice during the movie.
Cyborg has a sudden personality change at the end of the movie
Cyborg (whose CGI was beautifully done) starts off the movie being paranoid & angry at the world, but suddenly transforms into a cheerful jokester who’s full of team spirit after the final battle scene. What the actual f*ck, DC?
Aquaman was disappointing
Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Aquaman was one of the highly anticipated parts of Justice League. Throughout the trailers, Momoa’s Aquaman was shown as a complete badass, but in the movie, we were given…Aquabro. Justice League’s Aquaman is nowhere near as menacing or badass as he was made out to be in the trailers, and instead comes off as an occasionally funny, occasionally brooding college frat-bro in terms of personality. Hence, we’re calling him Aquabro from now on.
Wonder Woman was reduced to a meme
While Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman had a relatively successful standalone movie, she was reduced to nothing more than “pretty eye candy” in non-battle scenes.
Flash is actually funny
Ezra Miller’s Flash is actually funny, and serves as comic relief throughout the movie. Flash’s personality is almost full in-line with what we see from the trailers, as Ezra Miller pulls off the role better than we expected.
Steppenwolf is literally the worst movie villain we’ve ever seen
Other than his horrible CGI (he looks like a generic villain from Skyrim), Steppenwolf is by far the worst movie villain we’ve had the dishonor of watching. He’s bland, and the way he’s defeated at the end of the movie is absolutely ridiculous.
Overall, Justice League was a bag of disappointment. We went to watch the movie with zero expectations, and were still left disappointed. DC desperately needs a serious overhaul of the cinematic universe before it becomes the laughing stock of the cinema world.
Our Verdict: 3.5/10
Bad plot, bad character development, bad CGI for the villains, trailers reveal almost all of the good scenes.
DC has yet to address the issue of Superman being a living, breathing God Mode in their Cinematic Universe.
As per title, the rest of the Justice League team tries and struggles to defeat Steppenwolf, until Superman shows up and beats the everloving crap out of him. While DC showed that it’s possible to beat Superman in BvS, he’s several levels above everyone else’s power levels in the current cinematic universe. Yes, we know he’s meant to be this strong in the comics, but in a cinematic universe that just makes him a ‘get out of jail free card’ for DC while devaluing the rest of the cast.