Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE
Ignore the haters and (even worse!) the Commoner critics. Here is the only JUSTICE LEAGUE review you will need.
The biggest weakness is the villain. Steppenwolf looks cool, but he’s kinda one-dimensional. Like, what are his motivations? He seems to be just evil for the sake of being evil. The original idea for the plot, where JUSTICE LEAGUE was supposed to be two films and Steppenwolf was just the first lieutenant of the REAL big bad, Darkseid, might have fixed this. We’ll never know. As it is, he’s a rather bland, if bad-ass, villain. It would have worked better had we gotten to know him a little at a time, as we have with Thanos over in the Marvel cinematic universe. Likewise, would JUSTICE LEAGUE have been more effective had each of the principal characters been given his own standalone origin film beforehand, as was done with Wonder Woman? Probably.
However, as they chose not to go this route, and given that JUSTICE LEAGUE had to successfully introduce so many new characters while at the same time carrying an overall narrative–and bringing back Superman in the process–I’d say it was as good a film as it could possibly be. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s nothing else to complain about, here, unless it’s the sticklers for established continuity doing the grousing. Sometimes I’m one of those people and sometimes I’m not. Here, I’m not. When I first heard they’d cast Ezra Miller as The Flash, I raised hell. I couldn’t imagine a worse choice. Then I realized that the character as depicted in the film is not SUPPOSED to be the character from the comics, and I grokked what they were going for with him. Now I can’t imagine anybody ELSE playing the character. I loved him, and I loved what Miller did with him. I also didn’t expect to much care for Cyborg, and ended up loving him, too. Hell, I loved the movie, period. Is it perfect? No. But it’s a blast.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why I am reviewing it here instead of on our sister site, topcomics.com (whereon I ruminate this week on the business side of the film’s performance), it’s because of the Parademons. They’re freaky cool. They’re vampire-like (at one point they are even referred to in the film as vampires) and insect-like and they kick ass. The smell of fear attracts them. And they bite.
The latter statement is not a critique.