Justice League was the grandest DC Comic book extravaganza with some of the biggest names coming together for a common purpose. It had a massive ensemble cast including Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and later Superman as well fighting against Steppenwolf, a beast awakened from the events of Batman v Superman. He is a military general of Darkseid and his mission is to have all the three motherboxes and plunge the world into darkness forever.
Justice League was supposed to be this big cinematic triumph, a box office blockbuster that would have set the stage for DCEU to expand and branch out into newer avenues. DC fans after a prolonged losing streak (except Wonder Woman) were banking on the success of JL as it featured some of the most popular and beloved DC superheroes, but the movie could not yield the desired results.
Having said that, there was definitely an improvement from the previous movies as it was certainly a step in the right direction. The fans welcomed the change of tone as the movie embraced the lighter side of everything and characters were not too dark. There were some amazing jokes and scenes in the movie which made audience laugh which is so uncharacteristic of DC movies. In a way, they took a page from the Marvel’s playbook and did not create an end all be all situation which was also one of its problems.
Here is what Nate Brail of Heroic Hollywood had to say about the movie:
“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!”
Justice League was yet another DC movie that was hated by the critics but loved by the fans as it had the heart and the humor that the DC movies have been lacking a bit. The movie got all its characters right and we loved all the character interactions and the action sequences that were there in the movie.
What the 2-hour span of the movie could not spend time on was the little details and character exploration we would have liked to see happen in the movie. The little details meant here are the additions in Batman’s armory, his new tactical suit, gadgets and vehicles, Flash’s suit, and many other aspects.
So much of top-notch work done by VFX team for a major character such as Batman, Flash and Cyborg did not end up in the final version of the movie. For instance, the elaborate Bat Cave, the stunning pieces of tech for Cyborg and Barry Allen’s computers. In fact, Blind Ltd, the VFX company that worked on UI of Star Wars: Rogue One, Nolan’s Batman trilogy etc. were brought on board but they did not have creative autonomy.
Still, we should not worry a lot as we are now getting new videos and clips sharing behind the scenes footages, and featurettes from the movie.
Recently, a deleted scene from the movie was released that showed Superman’s Black Suit which has been pretty heavily featured in the comics. Now, a new movie video shows the changes in the suit of Superman that happened in this movie. In Batman V Superman, the suit had prominent changes as more texture was added to the suit to make it look more like a Kryptonian suit. There were little tweaks done this time as well, as it was the third time Superman showed up in the DC Films Universe.
Michael Wilkinson, who is an Academy Award-nominated costume designer, was in charge with the Superhero suits of the movie this time, and in this new video, he tells about the changes that happened to the suit of Superman and how Batman’s Tactical armor came into existence for this movie.
As we all saw that the blue on the suit was even more intense and saturated this time as they really wanted Superman to shine more and more brightly in this movie. Man of Steel showed a pretty dark Superman suit, BvS toned it down a little lighter, and in Justice League, we saw the Blue on the suit shining brightly. The video showed how the suit looked more luminous.
This time around, they built chrome plated undersuit that had a silver shiny padding on every muscle the suit needed to highlight, and because of this chrome padding, the fabric of the suit came out shining so brightly, and it worked really well for the movie.
The video also showed concept arts for other Super suits of the movie. Wilkinson focused on the Tactical Suit that we got for Batman. Here’s what he said about the cowl and the rest of the Bat-suit:
“We’re trying a new material that’s super flexible, and we’re having a slightly different silhouette, just tweaking all of the lines to make him look super sharp. It’s built over the Batsuit from the last film. This time [Batman] has another layer of armor when he realizes he really has to lift his game to fight with the other superheroes and overcome the alien invasion.”
The movie had reviews more on the good side this time around. Here’s one of the good reviews by Screenrant:
“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.”
There were a few nasty reviews as well, the one by Vanity Fair tore apart the movie into pieces and shredded it all together which was totally unfair. Here is what they said:
“The film is, plainly stated, terrible, and I’m sorry that everyone wasted their time and money making it—and that people are being asked to waste their time and money seeing it. I hate to be so blunt, but it simply must be said this time … I know there’s another comic-book company doing this across town, and it seems to be working out well for them, but if you have no clear sense of how to build one of these franchises in a functional, let alone interesting, way, maybe stop until you do! … It’s rather staggering, how pretty much nothing in the film works, not the semi-reliable old stuff, and certainly not all the new junk they’ve crammed in. Justice League sweatily wants to be both an epic and a romp, but hasn’t the patience to truly be either”.
The BluRay version of the movie will have 2 extra minutes added throughout the movie, and this one will not be following the trend of an extended cut of the movie coming out even after it was so much in demand.
Here are the two official synopsis released by the WB and DC Entertainment, read them below:
“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”.
“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.”
The movie deserves a viewing for sure but yes it could have been a lot better. We are hoping that the Zack Snyder’s version be released for everyone to see what the movie could have been had the studio not have applied the knife onto the original script.