We are just days away from the worldwide release of DCEU’s Justice League but first reactions from notable places which hosted screenings have begun to arrive. And it’s a mixed reaction which is not good news for DCEU. After Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad not performing to the best of their potential and failing to set the cash registers ringing, the Justice League was supposed to be a massive blockbuster, a record-breaking hit which would have set the path forward for DCEU.
While the movie is yet to make an official release, the talks related to the future villains have already started taking place. Ezra Miller recently had an interview with USA Today and there he addressed the possibility of fighting one of the most interesting Justice League villains, Starro the Conqueror in the future movies. He said:
“Shout out to Starro the Conqueror and let him know we’re still coming for him, should he ever choose to invade Earth once again.”
“We’ll give him a sharp punch to the thorax.”
Starro the Conqueror may not be the most popular villain in the comics but he’s probably noteworthy. He was first introduced in Brave and the Bold #28, 1960. He belongs to a starfish-shaped alien species who tried to take control of the planet Earth but was ultimately stopped by the Justice League members including Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Martian-Manhunter and Green Lantern. But strangely, a portion of him regenerated to fight again in the future.
Although the possibility of having Starro as the future JL villain seems very unlikely as featuring such a CGI-heavy villain wouldn’t be the best choice.
Earlier Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller, while having a discussion with Postmedia Network, revealed their personal choices for the villains that they wish to go against in the next film.
“We don’t really know for sure, and we’re usually the last people to find out, but … each of the heroes in this movie has specific nemeses, and I think seeing some incarnation of the Injustice League (which includes Lex Luthor, Joker, Deathstroke and more) would be something that DC fans would be pretty stoked about.”
While Gal Gadot’s wishes to see Cheetah in the next part. She said:
“There’s so many good villains in the DC universe, but I would love to fight Cheetah,” said Gadot. “She’s a girl and that could be very interesting.”
The first reactions to the movie are already out and they aren’t very favorable ones. The silver lining is Snyder and Whedon have got characters right and DCEU is improving. But the bad news is it fell way short of gigantic expectations, there is messy CGI, rushed stories, bad script, and shoddy execution. Here’s what Heroic’s Hollywood Nate Brail review said (which is one of the very positive ones):
“Justice League is the DC team up you’ve been waiting for. I had so much fun from beginning to end. The expansion of DC mythology will make fans go nuts. Superman though! Justice League does have its flaws, but the fun negated most of that for me. The cast was amazing. Favorite characters were Flash and Aquaman. The final post credits scene will make you scream!”
None of the major critics have outrightly trashed the movie but there are huge plot inconsistencies which is usual with DCEU. Here’s what German Lussier of i09 said about the movie (which is one of the most negative one):
“Justice League! It’s okay. Narratively it’s a mess, the stakes don’t work & the villain isn’t great. However, the heroes are great, it’s funny, & there’s some surprisingly effective character work. I didn’t love it, but there are enough good pieces to excite me for the future.”
Justice League is at least a good movie if not a brilliant one which we would have liked it to be. But despite the flaws, the Screenrant’s Rob Keyes called it as his favorite DCEU movie. Here’s what he said:
“The good: #JusticeLeague is my favorite DCEU movie. It will make you love its heroes and want to see them team-up again. The bad: #JusticeLeague rushes through a lot and its main story/lore and villain are rather stripped down and forgettable. The future: #JusticeLeague feels like a new start to the age of heroes and succeeds as a launch platform in that, even though some of its newer characters very much would have benefited from origin stories beforehand.”
The story of Justice League will follow the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and mark the Phase 1 of DC Cinematic Universe. The movie will assemble the greatest DC superheroes under one roof against a terrifying adversary Steppenwolf.
At the end of the Batman v Superman, the Man of Steel was dead, while Batman and Wonder Woman had begun to assemble the Justice League, an elite team of superheroes to fight a supervillain Steppenwolf who has been awakened in the wake of events.
The Steppenwolf is basically the military general of Darkseid who have sent parademons to interrogate/kidnap Batman and Earth’s scientists to retrieve Apokoliptian Motherbox which is the most powerful object in the realm.
There are two official synopsis, the first one is from the point of view of Ben Affleck’s Batman as he is responsible for putting together an elite team of superheroes to protect the planet from the ultimate destruction. This was also reflected in the first line of the old synopsis.
Here’s the synopsis of JL:
“In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions”.
But in the new synopsis, the role of Wonder Woman is shown to be prime. Here’s the new official synopsis:
“Once again, Wonder Woman must demonstrate her ability as a fierce warrior. Facing a great enemy, she and Batman join forces to recruit a group of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. Having formed an unprecedented League of heroes, they set out to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
Let’s wait for November 17 to see for ourselves. Maybe we will like it. CHEERS!