Review: Justice League tries really, really hard... and falls just short

Editor's Note: Minor spoilers ahead for both Justice League and Batman vs Superman.

In an eagerly anticipated - and perhaps equally as hyped - superhero film from the DC universe, Justice League tries so hard that perhaps its attempt to be cool is its biggest flaw.

The world changed when Superman flew across the sky... and then it changed again when he didn't.  

Justice League begins at a point in the void of Earth's most feared protector, The Man of Steel. Superman is dead and a fictitious nation mourns.

Killed from his fight with Doomsday in Batman vs Superman, Batman and the rest of the gang are left to pick up the pieces and defend Earth from a powerful foe: Steppenwolf. 

Justice League, directed by Zach Snyder, is one the of the most anticipated films of 2017. It delivers an action-packed performance by a star-studded cast, but is at times as cheesy as it is boring. 

In short: it is not a bad movie. It just misses the mark of greatness DC so desperately seeks.

DC Comics certainly had its work cut out for itself in light of the massive success of a string of Marvel movies to include Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok and Spiderman: Homecoming.  

At this point, one wonders if Marvel is even capable of making a bad superhero movie.

DC has shown, yes, that is quite possible.  

Suicide Squad failed to impress, Batman vs Superman over-promised and Justice League leaves the audience wondering how Bruce Wayne is still in one piece after being smashed by extraterritorial beings for twenty-plus years.

Follow me for a minute... the movie is fun and it has incredible details, fantastic costumes and a gathering of characters DC fans have been eager to see on the modern big screen.  

Despite this, the story and dialogue lack what a Marvel movie brings each time: simplicity. 

Aquaman (Jason Momoa) put his time in at the gym and got shredded. He's one of the brighter spots, as is Diana, a.k.a Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot plays her masterfully).

But, Superman's (Henry Cavill) lackluster acting and a mediocre Batman in Ben Affleck drag the rest of the cast down.

The Flash (Ezra Miller) is about as textbook a goofy sidekick as you could have scripted. He's like Tom Holland's Spiderman, but less funny. 

Justice League has been around for a while. Created in the 1960s by writer Gardner Fox, the team first appeared in the #28 Comic book "The Brave and the Bold."

The team is an ensemble of superheroes who join together to form the League.

The Founding Seven as I'll call them had The Man of Steel himself, Superman, the suave man of the sea, Aquaman. the insatiable appetite of Barry Allen, The Flash, the brooding Dark Knight and billionaire, Batman, and the pure, beautiful and righteous Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman.

The other members included Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. 

More superheros would be added to the Justice League eventually, to include Atom, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Stargirl, Shazam, Cyborg and Zatanna, none of which are featured in the film except for Cyborg.  

Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman all team up to battle the pending destruction desired by the horned foe, Steppenwolf.

In between fighting amongst themselves, The Flash's low blood sugar, Bruce's broken body and Cyborg's emotional struggles as he battles with the giant computer inside his brain, Justice League is a dark, brooding movie where our heroes try to figure out their own lives while simultaneously saving the world.

Zach Snyder weaves a tenebrous mood with the battle scenes you've come to expect from the superhero world, yet somehow the plot gets lost in the scenes and watered down by weak dialogue.

Compared to the wild success of Wonder Woman, Justice league fails to deliver penance for Suicide Squad or Batman vs Superman. 

© 2017 KUSA-TV


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