A Comical Blockbuster Attempt by DC Falls Short of Expectations


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Superheroes pose with confidence, but the movie unfortunately falls short of expectations.

Jordan Lee, Photo Editor

*Disclaimer: This Review Contains Spoilers. If you have not watched “Justice League” yet, do not read.


After a failed attempt to revive its presence in the film industry with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” DC has released one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year with “Justice League.” Director Zack Snyder assembles an all-star superhero team featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and the Flash. With such a powerful collection of heroes that could arguably top Marvel’s “The Avengers,” the film was almost a certain hit for DC.

I was extremely excited for Justice League in the weeks leading up to its release, especially after Gal Gadot’s engaging performance as Diana Prince in “Wonder Woman.” But Warner Brothers really dropped the ball on this one.

“Justice League” received a paltry 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and while it fared slightly better than the 27% of “Batman v Superman,” the British news site The Telegraph describes it as “a sheepish feature-length retraction of the franchise to date. It’s consistently embarrassing to watch, and features plot holes so yawningly vast they have a kind of Grand Canyon-like splendour.”

Between the typical “destroy the world” villain and fight scenes, the movie lacked cohesion and suspense. It seemed too easy for Steppenwolf to take the mother boxes, and once he did, the movie seemed to exclude him, leaving a void in action and plot twists until the fight scene at the end. Then Superman, a zombie out of the grave, steals the show, single-handedly defeating Steppenwolf, making Bruce Wayne’s superteam look childish and feeble. The film spends almost half of the screen time introducing each character, which is lifeless and unengaging, especially when it comes to Cyborg, who lacks any expression or unity with the team.

Despite the downfalls of the movie, there were a few positive aspects. “Justice League” includes several comical characters, such as Ezra Miller as the Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman. As a big fan of the Flash comics and the CW TV Series, I was pleasantly surprised at Miller’s humorous fascination with Batman’s gizmos as well as his socially awkward remarks. Momoa’s mockery of Batman’s peculiar fashion choices, and not so secret admiration of Wonder Woman, was also particularly enjoyable.

Although there were plenty of laughs to be had, the movie’s comedy could not make up for its lack of original plot development and climactic action. To be honest, the highlight of the night for me was eating chicken kebabs for dinner. Better luck next time, DC.