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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.


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.

Here’s the first trailer for “Runner Runner”.

The film stars Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie. Brad Furman (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) directed. I can’t wait for this one. The movie looks good and the cast is strong.

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

It wasn’t so long ago that Marvel Studios got the rights to “DareDevil” back from Fox, who made a 2003 film starring Ben Affleck. Now the studio has gotten the rights to “Ghost Rider” from Sony, who made a pair of films starring Nicolas Cage. Perhaps these will be some of Marvel’s plans to rotate new heroes into its phases?

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

Ang Lee took home Best Director at the Oscars, but it was Ben Affleck who would have won for “Argo” if he hadn’t been snubbed. Now Affleck looks like he is gearing up for another run at the award. Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s production company is adapting the upcoming book “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution”. Chris Terrio, who wrote “Argo” will write this film. The last big film about the Revolutionary War was “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson way back in 2000.

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

It seemed to be a happy ending. “Argo” won Best Picture. Ben Affleck, who was snubbed as Best Director, was gracious. Everyone is happy right? Not the Iranian government. Now they are thinking about suing most likely Warner Brothers or Affleck over an “unrealistic portrayal”. It seems there’s still some more drama surrounding “Argo” to be played out.

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

News about the “Justice League of America” film has been…sparse. There was news that Ben Affleck was going to direct (he’s not), then it was perhaps the Wachowskis (as far as we know, they’re not). Then there was a script, but Warner Brothers decided to do a page one rewrite. Casting rumors have been just as confusing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in as Batman, then he wasn’t. They were going to keep Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern…but then maybe not. It’s clear WB has no idea what they are doing. That could be changing. Rumors are out there that Christopher Nolan is taking on the overseer as WB’s DC properties. He’s already producing Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, so this makes sense.

That’s not all though. Rumors are also out there that Christian Bale is returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman for the film. But that may not be for a “Justice League” film. It might be a team up film with Henry Cavill (Superman). If you’re asking how this would make any sense what-so-ever given the mythology created by Nolan in “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises”, I’m just as confused as you.

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