By Jim Mourgos (San Francisco, CA, USA)

 

Justice League – Epic for Comic Fan Boys

 

First Thoughts:

If you want to be entertained and better yet know something about DC Comics, you will have a fun time watching Justice League.

 

Story & Plot:

Batman and Wonder Woman are trying to put a team together to fight a battle with an invader coming to take over the Earth. A good third of the film involves Batman recruiting these players and though somewhat spoiled by the trailers of late, makes for an interesting start to the film.

I really wish they gave more info on the characters they’re picking up for those who know nada about comics.

Aquaman, never got the respect he deserved in the comics. He’s brunette rather than the blonde guy we knew, but Jason Moma (Stargate) makes a bad ass Aquaman. Teasers included showing Atlantis and a cameo of Mera. We even get to see her flex her muscle with her water powers.

Almost nothing on Atlantis, why it’s important, who Mera is, etc. I can see an uneducated audience would puzzle on that.

Cyborg, an unknown in a lot of circles, who is part machine, part man. We see some relationship with his father who saved his life, conflicting emotion – Am I a freak or a hero? How will I fit in? Cyborg struggles with this which I thought was a great plot line but then it was not followed up! Could have spent more time on this.

Ben Affleck’s Batman delivers and his acting and his hot Batmobile and tricks you never tire of him.

Wonder Woman is her usual personable self, a woman who doesn’t put up with the bad guys, and knows Amazon fighting skills and bouncing bullets off her bracelets that’s cool to watch.

The Flash is the most enjoyable character. He is the viewpoint of the audience, enamored to work with such powerful people, and though he “doesn’t have friends” fits in well with the group. He represents the hero worshipped kid we all would experience if we were in his shoes.

The way they brought Superman back (that’s not a spoiler, that’s a given) differed greatly from the comics – I guess I was expecting something more spiritual or going to the Fortress in the North to do it.

Amy Adams makes a brief appearance as Lois Lane, who at first despondent and sympathetic towards Mrs. Kent, becomes overjoyed and a key player in Superman’s recovery. Supes returns but has a hard time adjusting to his new “friends.” Lois calms the guy down, and they take a trip to Kansas where he reviews what happened and where he’s going in all this. I can’t imagine what it’s like waking up from the dead!

 

Final Thoughts:

Yes there are fights, explosions and CGI. But there is also a decent plot that carries through well.

Justice League had a lot going for it, but it was just a bit too disjointed for its own good. There were many places that were not fully explained for those non-comics folks that probably scared a good portion of the audience away, Rotten Tomatoes notwithstanding.

I understand audience reaction is much higher than the pro critics – over 80% I hear.

It’s a movie that can take another look a few more times to really see it has a lot of depth. Just needs a Zack Snyder director’s cut to make it a better film.

Remember, Star Trek the Movie was dull but the second one was awesome. Let’s hope history repeats itself!

Recommended.

Rating: 4/5

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