Justice League: Hits, Misses and What We Wish They Did Better
Is the DC flick all sizzle and no steak?
Heads up: this post may contain spoilers.
The world-famous superhero assemblage of DC Comics had been long overdue for a movie adaptation. Imagine the excitement, then, when Warner Bros. announced in October 2014 that Justice League would be taking on the big screen. In a move just as iconic as the cast being rolled out, Justice League would be released on the same date as the 25th anniversary of “The Death of Superman” comic and the 16th anniversary of Justice League, the animated television series. The DC flick was even kept under wraps and in development for 10 years (during which the initial director, costume designer and producer were swapped out and casting was revisited several times). Plenty of time to work out the kinks and get it just right (and that, they did. The production team spent $25 million on reshoots in the middle of 2017). Must be enough to make this the DC movie to finally give Marvel a run for its money, no?
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Following the success of Wonder Woman (thanks in large part to Patty Jenkins’ understanding of women empowerment), expectations were high. With the likes of Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, J.K. Simmons and Ben Affleck joining Gal Gadot, the film had the makings of an iconic superhero movie. Old favorites, new superheroes, the succession of excitement-inducing trailers: this must be the movie of the year.
Justin League, written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon and directed by Zack Snyder, hit theaters worldwide on November 17. The decade-long production has come to fruition with its promising roles brought to life by a diverse cast and the retelling of character arcs that fans of the comic waited many years for. Could this indeed be the movie that turns it around for DC Universe?
Turns out those waiting for the DC franchise to get itself out of its rut shouldn’t hold their breath. If there’s one movie in 2017 that has audiences divided (still, more bad reviews than good), it’s likely Justice League… and moviegoers have a lot to say:
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“I came in with an open mind, ready to have fun with whatever they threw at me, but it wasn't half as good as I expected it,” shares netizen and DC fan Gian Villanueva. “And [that’s considering] I didn't expect much.” He adds: “I’m a DC fan tired of trying to defend the bad movies.”
“Sana title nalang niya 'Wonder Woman & The Other Justice Leaguers!'” half-jokes moviegoer Jebby Fronda. “Jirits nga yung Superman lagi namang late sa eksena. Nag-farming pa kasi.”
The internet is having a field day, but we digress: the current overall 3 out of 5 star-rating doesn’t make it a flop, but it doesn’t make it a hit either. Here, we pick apart the hits, the misses and the things that could have been executed way better:
The spot-on casting of Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and The Flash (Ezra Miller), plus The Flash being the comedian in the group ala Civil War’s Spider-Man.
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The undeniable on-screen chemistry of the main cast:
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The action scenes:
The post-credit scenes and this exciting reveal:
The unnecessary tweaking of the armor of the Amazons just to show more skin:
Photo: Zack Snyder / Vero
The lost momentum of Wonder Woman:
“Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman got the tone right last time, which suggested things were looking up,” reviewed Bob Mondello for NPR.org. “But without director Patty Jenkins around, she's subject to the dismissive male gaze for which Hollywood's long been criticized.”
The godawful CGI:
The Things We Wish They Did Better
Superman’s return came across as abrupt and awkward.
Steppenwolf as a villain, whose character was one-dimensional.
The movie didn’t touch on the backstories of The Flash and Cyborg, which were a missed opportunity.
Batman coming to terms with his age and inability to keep up with the rest of the superheroes could have been conveyed in a more thoughtful manner.