“There are heroes among us. Not to make us feel smaller, but to remind us of what makes us great” – Lois Lane
- What is this movie about?
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
- Why should you watch it?
This is the first DC movie where we (finally) get to watch many superheroes together, like with the Avengers, but Marvel/Disney is still many years ahead, sorry.
The story picks up after the events described in Batman v Superman, where the seeds for this story were planted. The movie follows a simple plot: somebody evil is recovering some objects that will destroy the world, so the League needs to be reunited. The end. We get to see what everyone is doing before Batman starts recruiting them. Sadly, the way it happens is really flat. Nothing memorable (besides Wonder Woman, she is always memorable). We are introduced to three new superheroes: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg, but none of them gets to gain our favor. Aquaman is too much Khal Drogo for our liking. The Flash is the comical relief of the movie, while there are other better funny moments where he is not involved. And Cyborg, well, it’s a machine. Period.
Besides all of this, the movie is entertaining. Gone is the style of the previous DC movies (sans Wonder Woman) were the story kept going at a really slow pace. Here the pace is faster and we get to see more action. We manage to see again the Amazons, but gone are the fierce warriors presented in Wonder Woman (and compare their outfits…) and we also see the Atlantean, not as good as we expected them, more like some kind of mermaids, and we get a glimpse of other creatures… But still, there are some good action scenes, specially towards the end, where all the team fights together against the bad guy, who is as forgettable, as the bad guy from Thor: the Dark World. Hopefully in the next movie we’ll get to see somebody pure evil.
The movie tries to be more similar to the Marvel’s ones, but still doesn’t quite reach them. Nonetheless, is an entertaining movie, if only to see all these characters together on the screen, both the main ones as for the supporting ones. Just remember, the golden egg chickens are: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. The rest is there to give support and create a bigger hype. And needless to say that the Trinity are the best thing in this movie, to finally watch them together and feel nostalgic and younger again.
Marvelers gonna hate. DCers gonna enjoy.
- Did you know?
– This movie brings together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg. Mera shows up in the film, but is not on the team.
– This film will be released on the 25th anniversary of The Death of Superman comic, which was released November 17, 1992; and the 16th anniversary of Justice League (2001) which premiered its first episode November 17, 2001.
– This movie was initially going to be split into two parts: Justice League Part One and Justice League Part Two, with an alleged singular continuing story line. But by the time filming the idea of the film being in two parts seemed to have quietly gone away, and it is now rumored to be two self-contained movies with two related but separate plots.
– The line-up in this film is based on the founding members from the New 52 origin story (with the exception of Green Lantern). During the Silver Age origin story, Martian Manhunter was one of the founding members. He was replaced with Cyborg (who was previously known as a founding member of the Teen Titans) in the New 52 version.
– In October 2007, George Miller had cast the Justice League completely, with D.J. Cotronaas Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, model Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, rapper Common as Green Lantern/John Stewart, Adam Brody as the Flash/Barry Allen, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman/Arthur Curry, Hugh Keays-Byrne as the Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz) Tereasa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord. However, the film was shelved during production.
– Extensive reshoots in London and Los Angeless in mid-2017 added a cost of approximately $25 million to the film’s budget. Henry Cavill worked on the reshoots and Mission: Impossible 6 (2018) at the same time. He had to sport a mustache for his role in the latter project, however Paramount refused to let the actor shave it off for the time he played Superman again. This meant that Cavill’s facial hair had to be digitally removed in post-production.
– Director Zack Snyder and his wife producer Deborah Snyder stepped down from finishing the film, after the suicide of Zack Snyder’s daughter in March 2017. They tried to remain on the film as a way to work through the difficulty, but decided after two months to step away from the project to spend time with their family. Joss Whedon, who had signed on for Batgirl, took over as director, managing additional scenes that need to be included in the final cut. Warner Bothers have stated that Joss will direct and write in the same style as Zack so there won’t be any tonal shifts or obvious changes in style. However, Joss Whedon controversially fired Zack Snyder’s composer Junkie XL, and replaced him with Danny Elfman.
– One of the Gotham scenes during the prologue has a building with “Janus” written on it. This refers to Janus Cosmetics, run by Batman’s enemy the crime boss Black Mask. Black Mask is set to appear in Gotham City Sirens.
– The Green Lantern who fought Steppenwolf thousands of years ago sports a cape. This is a homage to Alan Scott, the first Green lantern in the comics, and foreshadows Green Lantern Corps (2020).