📽 Justice League (2017)
Dir. Zack Snyder
Batman and Wonder Woman form a collective of individuals to battle an ancient threat.
This year’s Wonder Woman finally brought critical success to the DCEU but Justice League is once again a massive misstep for the franchise. Instead we’re treated to a less-flashy but more so balanced, heroic iteration of Suicide Squad. To start positively, the team works very well together. Justice League is full of great character portrayals. Wonder Woman continues to be the guiding light for the DCEU and Cavill continues to give an excellent, optimistic Superman portrayal. Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman also all manage to avoid Killer-Croc territory with plenty of screen-time and characterisation. Aquaman suffers with some bizarre choices of backstory scenes that are both vague and non-sensical but I’m impressed at how well JL handles each member. However, Affleck’s Batman returns with a rather less-than-broody approach as we see him be degraded to little more than a punch-line. It’s a very Val Kilmer Batman portrayal with constant jokes about an aging vigilante. Tonally, this constant need to shoehorn gags and one-liners clashes with Snyder’s darker approach to the film for the worse. It’s bizarre hearing a gothic, Elfman score over something that struggles to take itself seriously. The film is over-saturated with humour and it only detracts, to the point where Barry Allen struggles to stand out as the comic relief character. In the vein of Suicide Squad, a shallow villain portrayal plagues this plot as well. An ancient being wants to destroy the world for vague and plot-convenient motives, involving sky-high structures and armies of generic, CGI foot-soldiers. The plot boils down to window dressing for the assembly of these heroes. Luckily so, the smaller scenes work well with great chemistry between the League when this villain plot isn’t directly at hand. A prolonged section inside old Gotham tunnels particularly works well in showcasing the dynamic of the group. The return of Superman also distracts from Steppenwolf and is another highlight section of an otherwise jarring movie. - 7 minutes ago