Justice League was an enjoyable movie. There, I said it. Before you get your pitchforks, let me explain.
I did not read the reviews, I didn’t check the score on rotten tomatoes, and I didn’t ask my Marvel obsessed friends if they thought I should go to the movie. This was very much on purpose. I don’t know if you’re already spoiled, but this is always a good idea for movies these days.
Don’t. Read. The. Reviews.
And you know what?
I really enjoyed it.
It was not, by any means, a bad movie. Neither was it perfect. I notice, now that I’ve seen it, that reviewers are saying something similar as well. It was a fun popcorn flick, much better than most of the DC films before it (looking at you, Suicide Squad).
Let me address something right off the bat: the actor for Superman, Henry Cavill, had his beard removed during reshoots for this movie. There’s a lot of criticism surrounding it, and people seem to think it looks awkward and fake. Does it? Kinda, yes. It it as noticeable, as say, the de-aged version of Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy? No, not even close.
Let me address the biggest problem I personally had with the film: the story. It was very much a “maguffin” hunt, but the characters were fleshed out and believable. It played a lot off the success of Wonder Woman, using her backstory to jump-start the plot forward. This was intentional, and I think it was a wonderful move on the part of the studio. I do think, however, it leaned a little too much off the established characters.
Speaking of characters, this was an absolute highlight for me. With the exception of Cyborg, I think every single character was nailed. And I only say Cyborg because I believe there was some weak acting. I think I went in expecting the Cyborg from Teen Titans, and I got an emo kid with daddy issues. Ya know, something new for DC.
To summarize, I hands-down think Joss Whedon saved this movie. He’s still on to direct Batgirl, and I’m extremely excited for that.
I know the future of the DCU looks grim, and I can understand why. I think the studio finally figured out what works right at the tail end of making Justice League. If they manage to continue the DCU, and I hope they learn from their mistakes.
Stephanie is a gamer, otaku, and your local friend who posts on Twitter too much. From Mississippi, she spends most of her free time prepping for her next convention or getting beaten at Overwatch. Follow her on Twitter.