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Wednesday 29 November 2017

Justice League: A review

I make no secret of my love of DC Superheroes, Superman is my favourite of all superheroes and Batman is a close second. I'm also a defender of the previous movies in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). I don't think Batman V Superman was as bad as everyone made out. I actually quite liked Suicide Squad and, well, everyone liked Wonder Woman.

The premise of the film is classic comic book fare. With Superman dead (sorry to spoil the end of BVS) Earth is defenceless against an alien invasion. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) already knows about the Big Bad of the movie, Steppenwolf, as thousands of years ago he tried to invade Earth with his army of zombie-insect-alien type things. Then, he was defeated by and alliance of Amazons, Altanteans and Men. Now he is back and is trying to find 3 boxes, called mother boxes, that once combined will reduce Earth to a desolate wasteland like his home planet.

Batman (Ben Affleck) saw visions of this in BVS and knows he needs help to protect earth. So begins his quest to unite the Justice League. He's been collecting info on the other heroes for the last 2 movies and now has to persuade them to help. The Flash (Ezra Miller) is on board straight away but Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) need a bit more persuading. They soon realise that even all of them together are not enough and they need to try and bring Superman back to life. The figue out they can use on of the Mother Boxes and the crashed Kryptonian Ship from Man of Steel and Batman V Superman to bring him back. Once Superman joins the team the tables are turned on Steppenwolf and Earth is saved.

I really like Ben Affleck as Batman and Wonder Woman is amazing again. I also think Superman in this film is the best version of Superman since Superman II. However, the new characters are some of the best things about Justice League. The Flash is great as a loner with seemingly no social skills and desperately in need of some friends. However the best newcomer award goes to Aquaman, I've always considered Aquaman to be a pretty lame hero, I never really 'got' him, until now. Maybe it's because he is played by Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones but this version of Aquaman is really Bad Ass! He's arrogant, he's cool and he don't need no help from no one.

I do have a couple of issues with the film, firstly I think it would have ben better if it had come after the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg movies as the audience would have had more of a connection with the characters. Also some of the VFX were poor compared to other films of this genre particuarly the FX for Steppenwolf. However these flaws are not enough for me to dislike the film and I'm really looking forward to the next films in the series.

If you do go and see the film then make sure you stay for the mid and end credits scenes as it's worth the wait for the cameo right at the end.

Well, that's all for now.



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