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- Apr 4, 2017
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We all knew this was coming. Like Marvel, the new DCEU (DC Extended Universe) has been working up to one final goal. Their own variation of Infinity Wars with all of their legendary heroes (or at least 5 or 6 of them) combing together to form the famous Justice League, a superhero force that defends the world from even greater heroes than any one of them can handle alone. Except, it’s more like Rushed League, as DC has shoved a couple of solo films down the pipe for Batman and Superman, and Wonderwoman, then shoe horned the rest of the league into the film with nothing more than a cursory introduction before going full bore into the storyline (and skipping a few setups from BvS as well in their enthusiasm). Sadly, Justice League was not just simply a case of Zack Snyder going full emo on us again. He unfortunately had a much different vision for the film (as you can tell by the trailer that has a completely different vibe), but he was forced to pull out from the film mid project after a family death left him needing to recover in peace. This forced Joss Whedon to come out of the production gallery and take over the rest of the film, including reshoots, remakes of the story, as well as culling a good bit that Snyder had intended to put on screen. What’s left is an entertaining superhero film that really struggles under the weight of two different visions, as well as not enough screen time for the characters to really become devolveped enough for the audience to care about them the same we do for Thor, Captain America, Tony Stark and the rest of carefully crafted Marvel superheroes (which has taken place over a decade with multiple films for many of the heroes).
At the end of Batman Vs. Superman Lex Luthor was behind bars, and hinting at a much greater villain coming to Gotham/Metropolis (which we all assumed was Darkseid due to the vision that Batman had earlier in the film). Well, that villain is here and he is coming after three mysterious cubes on Earth. These cubes happen to hold a world destroying power within them, and have been distributed among the humans, the Atlanteans, and the Amazon tribe for safe keeping. Only thing is, they are powerless to stop the force that is coming. A world killer named Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds) who is coming for the cubes in hopes of uniting them and destroying Earth. A glory that he was denied hundreds of years ago when the heroes of our past gave him his first defeat. Batman (Ben Affleck) has forseen this incident due to his vision, and has been prepping a team to combat this threat. Recruiting young Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) as a burgeoning Flash, The powerful Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) as Earth’s most powerful female Amazon, and looking for more, the brooking Dark Knight is almost too late. Steppenwolf is here, and he has two of the cubes, and Batman’s “league” of superheros is incomplete.
Incomplete or not, the world has to be saved. So Batman, Wonder Woman and the Flash set out to protect the final “Mother Box” (the cubes that Steppenwolf needs) alone. But lo and behold, they are joined up by Aquabro (Jason Momoa), and the enigmatic half human, half machine Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to complete the 5 man (and woman) team needed to take down a being so powerful, that he is on the verge of godhood. All without the aid of Earth’s mightiest hero, A fallen Superman (Henry Cavill), who lies dead after his sacrifice in taking down Doomsday.
I had a lot of fun with the action, but so much of it was CGI that the already bloated budget is just rocked back on its heels and left reeling with super rubbery, fake looking, green screen effects that I almost wondered if I was in the middle of an animated film. Steppenwolf, one of the biggest DC villains, is relegated to a mumbling hulk clone who walks around smashing things and looks like a rubber doll, while The rest of the cast is cut and pasted from elsewhere in the filming process and stuck together with some mixed results. Much of the movie looks great, but soooooooooooooooooo much CGI and cut n’ past scenarios leave it with a very “fake” feeling. Another reason why I’m so conflicted about the film. I had fun with the action sequences, but the movie itself really needs a director’s cut (something that will probably never happen) akin to BvS, or it will forever be just a middle of the road superhero flick that was rushed to production years to early.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action
4K Video: Video:
• Heart of Justice - Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC's iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.
• Technology of the Justice League - From Batman's arsenal to Cyborg's alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.
• Justice League: The New Heroes - Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.
• The Return of Superman - Bonus scenes not seen in theaters
• Steppenwolf the Conqueror - Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind's ancient enemy and the Justice League's greatest challenge.
• Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons - Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
• Scene Studies: Wonder Woman's Rescue -Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
• Scene Studies: Heroes Park - Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
• Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle - Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League's most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
• Suit Up: The Look of the League - Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC's iconic heroes.
Justice League is a fun, albeit flawed, superhero movie that seems to fly right along the same plane of quality that the theatrical release of Batman vs. Superman was at. It’s a decently fun film, with a some great actors behind wheel, but the rocky production of the film really does rear its ugly head more than once, combined with some strange casting choices (mainly talking about Aquabro here) kept it from really becoming TRULY a fun movie to watch. Things go boom, Batfleck is still the best part of the movie, and it teases us with hints of an even greater, and more well known, villain coming in a sequel. Audio and video are nothing short of reference, and the disc comes with a VERY healthy array of extras that is refreshing in these days of meager special feature allotments on home video. Worth it as a fun rental..
Starring: Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Jeremy Irons
Directed by: Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon
Written by: Joss Whedon, Chris Terrio
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), English DTS-HD MA 5.1, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Runtime: 121 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: Own Justice League on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on March 13, or Own It Early on Digital on Now!
Recommendation: Fun Rental