Justice League
Justice League

2017 ‧ Fantasy/Science fiction film ‧ 2h 1m

Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name consisting of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

Initial release: November 17, 2017 (USA)

Director: Zack Snyder

Budget: 300 million USD

Box office: 281.5 million USD

Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.

But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

It’s revealed that Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara made clear that he wanted the superhero movie to come in under two hours.

The “mandate” of sorts came in the wake of the bloated 151-minute runtime of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—which also has an “Ultimate Edition” that runs a full 30 minutes longer.

Personally, I don’t understand how Warner Bros. expected to establish 7 major characters, introduce the universe and plant a solid story that makes sense in less than 2 hours.

Justice League endured a number of obstacles that hindered the production, Zack Snyder having to leave halfway prior to his daughter tragically committing suicide and Warner Bros. bringing in Joss Whedon.

Following the production of a film and learning that two directors helped bring the picture to life is an audience might question throughout the movie which scenes were directed by which filmmaker.

In the case of Justice League, actor Holt McCallany revealed that the opening scene in which Batman beats a thug and is interrupted by a ‘Parademon’ was directed by Joss Whedon.

Another drawback was the excessive use of CGI; for one Steppenwolf the main antagonist and Cyborgs costumesare completely CGI in some scenes it looks like the ’big baddie’ and the hero were constructed for videogame level, Henry Cavill also, still shooting Mission Impossible at the time while working on Justice League.

Prior to the actors commitment to both productions his facial hair was removed CGI and in some scenes it looks like his upper lip is flying ‘up, up and away’.

The film was more light-hearted and it seems to be the DCU’s course correction for later productions to join.

However my problem with the DCU is that they fail to make films for the general public to watch and enjoy, it is only if you’re a dedicated fan that can link events from the comics and cartoons – is when you can enjoy DCU films because you have gathered enough information to fill up the blanks.

In my opinion Warner Bros. and the events that took place during filming and production of Justice League did not do it justice.

However I do recommend you watch Justice League.

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