Justice League

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Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

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Justice League is the newest entry in the DCEU, and is the bringing together of the most popular characters from the DC comic books.  This was there big swing for the fence and they didn’t quite knock it out of the park, but it does get a run home I guess.  One thing that I don’t understand why the DC universe has solo films planned for characters like Aquaman and the Flash, but decided to put out this movie first.  This gives Justice League the added responsibility of introducing these characters along with everything else it has to do.  That brings up the main issue with Justice League- it spreads itself to thin.

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Justice League is trying to introduce characters, introduce a bad guy, have a major fight and introduce things that have happened previously in the universe all within a two hour runtime.  There is just way too much to do in just two hours some of it could have been solved by adding about 15 minutes or introducing characters in their own solo movies.  It was easier to feel invested in Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman because we’ve seen them on screen before.  Justice League gets way to ahead of itself and like a runaway train, it can’t seem to slow down.

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It isn’t like Justice League is unwatchable, quite on the contrary actually.  This is a pretty fun watch.  Problems aside and there are many it wasn’t like I wasn’t entertained while watching it.  The best part of this movie was by far the character interactions, the cast has great chemistry and it has me excited to see what direction the universe heads in.  If the DCEU uses this movie as a stepping stone to future projects I think it is a step in the right direction considering the great character work that is done here.

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Some scenes in Justice League are shot very well and others not so much.  There is some obvious green screen and the extensive reshoots show.  The villain is very cookie cutter and your average CGI monster that needs a device on Earth to destroy the world.  His motivations are really never made clear and I guess that’s just a shoulder shrug kind of thing for me, because we know that our heroes are going to win anyway.  This film obviously had two directors after the terrible tragedy with Zack Snyder’s daughter.  As someone who has often been critical of his work, I found this very much unlike the rest of his filmography and Joss Whedon’s involvement didn’t seem that evident either.

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Justice League has its good and bad moments and usually the good outweighs the bad.  It is both a step back after the success of Wonder Woman and also a step forward for the DCEU as a whole.  The flaws are noticeable, but as a whole I think DC is headed in the right direction.  Justice League is moving too fast for its own good, but there are great moments and fun to be had.

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