The way I see it, superhero movies (DC or Marvel) chose their own tone. They can be either funny, serious, or a bit of both. And if you know how to do it right, they can be fun. “Justice League” has that kind of mood, and it’s sure to entertain fans young and old, especially with Thanksgiving weekend right around the corner.
The movie starts with the world mourning the loss of Superman (Henry Cavill), and wondering what’s next. Then an evil force threatens to end humanity, so it’s up to Bruce Wayne A.K.A. Batman (Ben Affleck) to assemble a team to stop it. They consist of a Wonder Woman (Gal Godot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
We all know Batman and Wonder Woman; but I might as well give you the scoop on the others. The Flash is a fast young man named Barry Allen, who was given his powers from a lightning accident. Cyborg is Victor Stone, a young man, who was transformed into a half-machine, after a horrible accident. And Aquaman has meta-human aquatic abilities, meaning he lives on land and sea (he has his own movie coming next year, so maybe that will give him a better story than this).
The villain is Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds in a motion capture performance), who threatens to find all powerful boxes, which, when put together, can end all worlds. He isn’t that great of a villain, but his acting is good.
So how is Superman implicated in this movie, if he’s dead? The heroes can bring him back to life. How? You’ll just have to watch the movie to find out. But I can tell you this: there is a cool fight scene between him and the other heroes.
Last year, the two DC Comics movies (“Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad”) have both failed to entertain me. But this year, “Wonder Woman,” and “Justice League” are both major improvements.
The story is not all that surprising and there are too many CGI effects, but on its own level, it’s playful. It has a nice sense of humor, nice acting from Affleck, Cavill, Gadot, Fisher, Miller, Momoa, and Hinds, and a lot of fun. Director Zach Snyder has done a better job this year, than last year, whether he directed or produced; and as imperfect as this movie gets, I actually ate it up.