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Even if you didn’t have enough time to whet your appetite for another heaping helping of comic book films two weeks after Thor: Ragnarok, the Justice League is here to take our money every weekend until The Last Jedi hits theaters.

In case people want to read the byline and bow out because of possible spoilers, I think Justice League was good.  It was a B- or a C+.  Considering the production was messy because of director Zack Snyder’s daughter’s suicide, the finished product could have been the real disaster movie.  I am not clear exactly how much of Snyder’s vision made it to the screen, but Joss Whedon did one hell of a job with the hellish task of handling the combination of caretaking another director’s work, lightening the tone, and infusing some of his own style into the film through extensive reshoots under the circumstances.

The good outweighed the bad.  I don’t want to get into spoilers, so it only appears that it’s more bad than good.

Good

Gal Gadot – She continues to make anyone who said she’s the wrong type, physical or acting-wise, to look like idiots.  She is arresting in every scene she’s in.  I love how she bounces from coy as her alter-ego Diana to thoughtful leader and warrior as Wonder Woman.  I will say this: Wonder Woman will plummet as an interesting and marketable character if Gadot leaves.  If keeping her means Warner Brothers must throw Brett Ratner from a tall building, they’d better check with her three times to make sure the height of the fall is adequate.  She is that important right now to the DCEU.

Team Dynamics – This is where hiring Whedon is crucial.  Ignoring what he does badly temporarily, the one thing he’s done the most right in Avengers and Justice League is the team dynamics.  He nails taking these superhero loners and take them through the stages of forming, storming, norming, and performing.  The team has very good chemistry, and I bet we’ll see more team goodness when the extended cut arrives.

Aquaman – I think they gave us just enough to get us ultra-sweaty for James Wan’s film in December 2018.

Bad

The Opening – They should’ve started with Wonder Woman and cut the Batman stuff out.

The Score – With all the noise that was made about infusing Danny Elfman’s Batman ‘89 and John Williams’ Superman: the Movie scores into Justice League, I was sorely disappointed.  I wanted more.  It felt like pretty ordinary comic book music because of the dearth of the classics’ presence.

The Flash – I think I am in the minority because I liked Cyborg more than the Flash.  Naturally, the Flash will improve as a hero over a few films, but he was little more than the comic relief of Justice League.  If cuts were necessary, they could have removed at least three of his lamest jokes.  It grew tiresome.

Steppenwolf – He’s an awful one-note character.  It didn’t help that they couldn’t work in that he’s Darkseid’s stooge, and that he was trying to turn Earth into a re-creating of Darkseid’s planet, Apokolips.  I guess the Justice League had to beat somebody’s ass, but the best fights were their in-fighting.

Overall, I enjoyed the film.  I know I will like the extended cut more.  With all the turmoil that went into the production, the movie was a lot better than it should’ve been.  Like John Wick, the movie felt fast and action-packed.  Justice League did a lot less to improve the DCEU than Wonder Woman, but it did it’s job to keep me wanting more.

What is my plan for repeat viewing?  I have seen Justice League twice.  I saw the late opening Thursday night showing and the first Friday matinee.  I planned to see it Friday, but having a MoviePass made it irresistible to see it the night before because I left work early and it was the beginning of my long weekend.  I committed to taking my older daughter to see it as well in the first two weekends because of her love of superhero movies.  Wonder Woman is her favorite.  I will certainly buy a digital license for my Apple products on day one if there is an ultimate edition.  I hope that gives me the Zack Snyder version as well.  I will not buy that separately like the Richard Donner Superman II cut.

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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’s the first trailer for the upcoming Disney film, “A Wrinkle In Time.”

The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.

What do you think?

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).

“Justice League” scraps script?

Reports are that Warner Brothers will watch how Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” does before pushing forward with a “Justice League” film. But it turns out they may have bigger problems. Badass Digest is reporting that the studio is scrapping the current script, which featured Darkseid as the villain, for a completely new script.

The old script reportedly had Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash as the core heroes.

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

The Latino Review is reporting that Warner Brothers’ “Justice League of America” will feature five superheroes. Those five will be: Superman/Clark Kent, Batman/Bruce Wayne (maybe). Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Wonder Woman and Flash. The Latino Review did say there may be a couple cameos from other heroes, but this will be the focus.

Obviously Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent will set up that character. My guess is we’ll see a cameo of at least one of these other heroes.

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

Yep the rumors continue to fly. Before, there was news that Darkseid will be the villain. Now, here’s the supposed roster from the “Justice League” film, which is still without a director, from Cosmic Book News:

• Superman is essentially the same character from Man of Steel, and Zack Snyder is consulting regarding the writing of the character.
• Batman: The strategist of the group. Batman doesn’t really want to be involved with these super powered beings he considers too powerful. Easily the most complex written.
• Wonder Woman: She has only been in man’s world a few short months. The Wonder Woman script Michael Goldenberg is developing will be set before the Justice League movie.
• Green Lantern: Will be Ryan Reynold’s character from the Green Lantern movie, but will be freshly written with a more serious tone.
• Flash: The most popular hero in civilian eyes who loves media attention, but when called upon is very serious.
• Martian Manhunter: Alien who has lived on Earth in secret for over a hundred years who has knowledge of Darkseid and his reign. 
• Aquaman: Will be the King of Atlantis who has a key role in the film.
• There will also be a heavy military presence in the film which in future rewrites could include characters featured in Man of Steel or even Amanda Waller (Angela Bassett) of which neither are included in the first draft.
• Alfred Pennyworth is in the film in a minor appearance.
• Lois Lane is also in the film in a cameo.
• Darkseid’s Elite will be featured who go up against the Justice League early on in the film.

If this is the roster, looks like we’re getting a mix of old and new actors playing the characters.

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

The Latino Review isn’t citing any sources so take this for what it’s worth. Despite not having a director yet or frankly any actors besides apparently Henry Cavill playing Superman in both films, “Justice League” may have its villain. According to reports, Darkseid will be the villain in the film. If this is true and he’s done right, he could be quite the villain. Other than that, we only expect that the JL will include Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to play Batman, though his reps deny that. No word on whether Ryan Reynolds will play Hal in the film.

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