After the hugely disappointing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the borderline unwatchable Suicide Squad, the DC Universe needed a fresh start. This summer’s Wonder Woman showed the promise that the universe had, and while Justice League is not without its problems, there’s a lot of positives. The plot makes zero sense and the villain Steppenwolf is the most unmemorable comic book villain in quite some time, but the core characters are all very well realized, and have great chemistry.
After the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) search for a group of enhanced metahumans who can combat a forthcoming alien invasion. Affleck and Gadot have already proven to be excellent in their roles, but it’s the new additions that make the film pop. Ezra Miller brings some great comedy to the role of The Flash, and Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman is the trident throwing, snarky hooligan that we didn’t know we wanted until now, even if Ray Fischer’s Cyborg is left on the side for the most part.
Why are these heroes coming together at the end? What are these mother boxes the script puts so much emphasis on? I’m not really sure, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter; the union of this team works, and it’s exciting getting to see these unique personalities coming together. The world of Justice League feels more fleshed out than ever, and even with some weak CGI, it has the visual sensibilities of a comic book. Most importantly, it’s fun- after all, it is a superhero movie. Grade: B-