Justice League (2017) Review – The DC Extended Universe returns with its superhero team film, The Justice League. The film brings together the cast and characters from the other four films in the franchise to bring you exciting, henchmen defeating, comic book action. Directed by comic book and DC veteran, Zack Snyder with a script written by award winners Chris Terrio and interestingly, Joss Whedon who is known for his contributions to the Marvel films. The cast reprises their roles from the previous films with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and Amy Adams making appearances. This is the most ambitious endeavor for DC films and possibly the biggest test of its might in the box office.
Justice League (2017) Review
The film continues where the previous films left off in a plot that is centered around the superheroes joining forces to defeat a new threat. Batman/Bruce Wayne and his newfound ally Wonder Woman/Diana Prince assemble a team consisting of other DC heroes including, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Flash to face off against Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf is an alien military leader with superhuman strength and speed, who has come to earth to find the three Mother Boxes, which are essentially extraterrestrial supercomputers.
The films successes come in the form of crisper action sequences than the previous films and dedication to the source material. Without giving it all away, the film sees many clashes of power in epic scenes of battle that we’ve come to know from DC films. All of this is accented with director Zack Snyder’s flair for bleakness and his ambition for grandiose action.
Zack Snyder seems to have reeled in some of his runaway action sequences from his previous entries in the franchise which brings them to life more than ever before. These sequences have new room to breathe in a much less cluttered space. DC has also long shown strong attention to its comic book fans by attempting to retain as much of the stories as it can from the source material. Justice League is no different. It pays close attention to back stories and serves its characters the justice they deserve.
Will Justice League be the strong answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that DC needs? That remains to be seen but it feels like this is a solid attempt and it definitely offers something new to comic book fans, especially if you’ve been craving a darker and bleaker attitude in your superhero films. Even if you’re not a comic book fan, there is a level of entertainment here that can only be found in these high budget action films and most people will enjoy it for that reason alone.
Justice League (2017) cast and characters include:
Batman – Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting, Argo, The Town, Gone Girl, The Accountant, Smokin’ Aces, Shakespeare in Love)
Superman – Henry Cavil (Immortals, Man of Steel, The Tudors, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Lois Lane – Amy Adams (Sharp Objects, Arrival, Big Eyes, American Hustle, Her, Man of Steel, The Fighter, The Master, Leap Year, Trouble with the Curve, Doubt, On the Road, Nocturnal Animals)
Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot (Furious 7, Wonder Woman, Keeping Up with the Joneses)
The Flash – Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Suicide Squad, The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
Aquaman – Jason Mamoa (Stargate: Atlantis, Game of Thrones, The Red Road, Frontier, Aquaman)
Cyborg – Ray Fisher (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Alfred – Jeremy Irons (The Lion King, Race, The Borgias, The Hollow Crown, The Words, Kingdom of Heaven, The Mission, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Merchant of Venice)
Martha Kent – Diane Lane (Chaplin, Lonesome Dove, Man of Steel, Unfaithful, Inside Out, Must Love Dogs)
Queen Hippolyta – Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, One Hour Photo, Wonder Woman, The Good Wife)
Commissioner Gordon – J. K. Simmons (Juno, Whiplash, Counterpart, Bojack Horseman, The Closer, The Words, Law & Order, Up In the Air, Burn After Reading, Oz)
Steppenwolf – Ciaran Hinds (Frozen, There Will Be Blood, Munich, Rome, Hamlet, Game of Thrones, Closed Circuit, Above Suspicion, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, In Bruges, The Debt, Veronica Guerin, The Statement)
Mera – Amber Heard (Zombieland, The Danish Girl, Never Back Down, Alpha Dog, Friday Night Lights)
Silas Stone – Joe Morton (American Gangster, Speed, Scandal, The Good Wife)
Ares – David Thewlis (The Big Lebowski, Fargo, Naked, Legend, Macbeth, Seven Years in Tibet, Prime Suspect 3, The New World, The Theory of Everything)