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“Justice League” review

It’s finally here. Does “Justice League” live up to the hype or this a DC disappointment?

The Good

For those who thought “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” was too dark and stuffy, “Justice League” alleviates a lot of those problems. This is focused film. It sets up what it needs to, gets to the action and rarely pauses.

The Flash, played by Ezra Miller, was a pleasant surprise. He provided some much-needed comedic moments and was engaging and entertaining. As always, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is great and I’m a fan of Ben Affleck as Batman.

Cyborg (Ray Fisher) was also solid and the hints of a deeper friendship between Cyborg and the Flash could be fun in future movies.

Aquaman has his charm too I suppose, though I found him the least likeable of the group.

The team had great chemistry on screen. Unlike the MCU, which seems to have become quip machines, the diversity of personalities played well together.

Kudos to the production team. Directors Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s styles formed a cohesive film and given the circumstances, that’s no small feat.

The film also addresses some big things from “Batman v. Superman” quite well, including the death of Superman.

The action was fun to watch and up to par with most super hero films these days with some cool visuals.

If you’re looking for a lean, fun super hero film, you got it, just don’t forget to stay and watch the credits. The teasers at the end are both fun and serve a purpose.

The Bad

There is a downside to trying to trim the fat. We are introduced to Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg and Steppenwolf, but their introductions lacked any real impact and subplots that were hinted at mainly fell flat. Character moments are few and far between and the ones that existed didn’t really hit home. They felt more like forced inclusions without a payoff.

Steppenwolf is a serviceable, if forgettable villain. This is not an issue that is unique to DC, but without prior comic knowledge, Steppenwolf provided some cool action scenes, but not much else.

The danger in introducing so many characters is some supporting characters are brushed to the side. Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is barely in the film and JK Simmons is criminally underused.

While the action was fun, it didn’t really feel like each character had their “hero” moment, or if they did it wasn’t memorable.

Oh, and one scene from the trailer didn’t make it into the film and I’m actually annoyed about that.

The Final Word

Let’s be clear. This is an entertaining film. It had some big flaws, but it was a fun, occasionally thrilling romp. If you’re looking for your next blockbuster classic, keep looking. If you want one of the stronger entries in the DCU, “Justice League” fits the bill.

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Joss Whedon has stepped in for Zack Snyder as the director of “Justice League.” Not only is he reportedly making the movie lighter in tone, but he may be changing the ending.

Potential spoilers are ahead.

According to /Film, the movie has been altered to focus on Steppenwolf as the main threat. Reportedly, before Steppenwolf was more like the Silver Surfer, heralding the coming of Darkseid.

Justice League stars Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (the Flash), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and a host of others.

Here’s the latest trailer for “Justice League” from Comic-Con.

The film stars Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (the Flash), and Ray Fisher (Cyborg).

Here is the latest trailer for “Justice League”.

The film brings together Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

“Beauty and the Beast” was always going to open big. How much did it make?

Estimates place the remake of the Disney classic earning $170 million. That would be enough to top the $166 million earned by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a new March record and is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

“Kong: Skull Island” dropped to second, earning $28.9 million. That’s a decent hold for the monster film, while “Logan” took third with $17.5 million.

“Beauty and the Beast” earned a massive $63.78 million on Friday. That is a notch below “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the $81.5 million it earned on its opening Friday, but comic book films are almost always more front loaded.

The Disney film starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”) should wind up around $160-170 million for the weekend.

 

The tale as old as time returns to theaters. There’s no question “Beauty and the Beast” will open above $100 million. How high will it soar?

Disney has had a lot of success bringing animated classics to live action. “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” and “The Jungle Book” all enjoyed strong box office numbers but “Beauty and the Beast” stands in a class above them.

The animated film was released in 1991, meaning fans of that film are old enough to have nostalgia set in and many may have children of their own to bring. “Beauty and the Beast” stands tall as one of those revered films with music that people still sing today.

All that means anticipation is sky high. The movie earned $16.7 million during preview showings, much higher than other recent family hits like “Finding Dory” ($9.2 million). This film will light the box office on fire. Can it catch “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and its $166 million March record? It’ll be close.

Opening weekend prediction: $160-170 million.

Probably not a big surprise. Frank Miller helped Zack Snyder on “300”, but news comes that Miller and Snyder are meeting to discuss the upcoming Batman and Superman film. Word is that it is a sequel to “Man of Steel” and that Bruce Wayne/Batman will be a supporting player to Clark Kent. Henry Cavill is returning as is Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, so that makes sense. Just one pesky question remains…just who will play Batman?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

We already saw WB do this for the “Harry Potter” series. Now get ready for the ultimate collector’s edition of the “Dark Knight” trilogy. It’s six discs with the three movies and its existing content plus:

  • The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy: The inside perspective on the fascinating story behind the creation of one of the most celebrated franchises and how it changed the scope of movie making… forever. Full of never-before-seen footage, rare moments, and exclusive interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Damon Lindelof, Michael Mann, Richard Roeper, Zack Snyder and others.
  • Christopher Nolan & Richard Donner: A Conversation: For the first time, Directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Donner (Superman) sit down to discuss the trials and triumphs involved in bringing the two most iconic superheroes of all time to the big screen, and how Superman influenced Nolan when developing Batman Begins.
  • IMAX Sequences: The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises: See your favorite scenes as they were intended in the original IMAX aspect ratio.
  • Premium Mattel Hot Wheels Vehicles: Batmobile, Batpod and Tumbler
  • Newly commissioned collectible art cards by Mondo featuring Scarecrow, Joker, Bane, Harvey Dent, and Ra’s al Ghul
  • 48-page hardcover book featuring production stills and behind the scenes images from all three movies.

    The series stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Heath Ledger and many more.

 

Bale shoots down rumors

Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” started up talk about a “Justice League” film. If it does happen, Christian Bale, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy said he won’t be back.

”I have no information, no knowledge about anything,” he told EW.  “I’ve literally not had a conversation with a living soul. I understand that they may be making a Justice League movie, that’s it. It’s a torch that should be handed from one actor to another. So I enjoy looking forward to what somebody else will come up with.”

They could go with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, however.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.