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I wasn't sure if I was even a choice. For as long as I could remember I was watching Superman movies and playing with Super Friends action figures. Play time consisted of Superman, Batman, Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Under my godlike supervision, I directed the Justice League into victory until it was bath time.
For better or worse (leaning on worse from the general audiences), Zack Snyder has been able to direct the Justice League onto the silver screen for the very first time. I'm one of the few that enjoyed Batman v Superman. Looking beyond the plot holes and confusingly odd character decisions, it is an attempt to create a Greek-esque tragedy out of DC characters. Mostly a swing and miss.
That leads us to Justice League or what I like to call Man of Steel III: The Search for Superman and More Money. It's hard to review the movie without mentioning the studio drama behind the scenes. Zack Synder was relieved of duties while the movie was in post prodcution with Joss Whedon coming on board to write and direct all-new scenes. As if that wasn't hard enough, he was also instructed to make a 2 hour cut. The result? An chopped-up, oddly paced movie that feels like a 2017 Eminem freestyle.
As expected, most of the trouble resides in introducing the new characters. Oddly written dialogue written as Cliffs Notes is used to explain where these new characters come from. Some of it works and some of it feels like nails to a chalkboard. As a fan I didn't need these characters explained to me, but the average movie goers will be scratching their heads. Even the villain isn't given much of a set up. Its clear his backstory was cut to reach the 2 hour limit.
Have you ever watched an action movie for the umpteenth time and skipped chapters to get the good parts? Thats how Justice League feels, and its not necessarily a bad thing. The movie is quite enjoyable. The action (despite some shoddy CGI at times) feels necessary and the humor -- YES HUMOR -- is really well done. The chemistry between these heroes are entertaining enough to make me want to see more of them with each returning character now true to their comic-book counterparts.
I do wish WB had more patience as Justice League feels like a sequel to movies that weren't even made. With that said, I do believe the ship has been righted and feel good about the new DC films moving forward. Oh yeah, and stay until the very end.
Anyway, its bath time.