“Justice League,” starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Moma and Ray Fisher, is the third entry in the DC Extended Universe.
Since this film is very diverse from the other two, I will need to give a little background history. The first of the three films, “Man of Steel,” was released to much hype in 2013. It was the first Superman movie in seven years and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. Then came “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which received mainly negative reviews. The first two films had one big thing in common: their tone, which is very dark and gritty.
When “Justice League” was released, many were expecting a lighter tone to try to please both critics and audiences alike. The film recieved mixed to positive reviews. The film is very light hearted, but almost a bit too light hearted. While they are cool, none of the fight scenes feel like there is any actual threat. Compare two scenes: the warehouse scene from “Batman v. Superman” and the final fight from “Justice League.” In the warehouse there is much onscreen gritty violence, which pushed the PG13 rating. However, the final fight in the recent film had too much CGI, and none of the injuries or pain feels real, but rather acted.
One strength of this film is the portrayal of the characters. The acting is phenomonal. Ben Affleck as Batman is, once again, a big improvement over grumbling Christian Bale, but still not as great as Keaton in the ‘98 original. Gal Gadot is fun as Wonder Woman, and Ezra Miller as the Flash was absolutley perfectly cast.
This is a movie that is worth the time to watch. “Justice League” is currently showing in local theaters.