Well, it’s still showing. Justice League that is. And presumably most DC fans must have watched it already — what with the gathering of six of your favorite superheroes in Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, the Flash and of course, Superman!
But did you know that the movie needs to gross between $600 to 750M just to break even?? As of this writing, it has already made $485M. Could they make it? Sometimes, trailers gives us that sign. So, let’s see.
The Synopsis. Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Hmm. Sounds like an ordinary superhero movie actually, don’t you think? Like, recruiting those with super powers or talents, meeting resistance then realizing the gravity of the situation before finally agreeing to take part in the fight against world domination by some sick alien or so.
And that perhaps is the first reason why Justice League is below expectations. Save for Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman — the other 3 members are not really known particularly to non-DC diehards. As in if only the producers did not rush its film production, instead, made way for movies that would introduce the 3 ‘new’ superheroes first — independent of each other that is — then there would have been an emotional build up towards this film. Like, imagination would then run wild with excitement just thinking of the super friends’ formation! What more if even Green Lantern was included??
Second. Didn’t Superman just take so long to return? I mean, more than the way he came back to life, like he actually returned to action just when the movie was about to end. As in during the ‘final battle’ already. It’s like the movie tried to kill him off through amnesia. This is not really good since it’s like saying he’s not the beacon of hope that he used to be, instead, made us scratch our heads in the kind of complex plot that resulted. You know, Batman became the lead here but he still needed Superman whom he had huge differences with to beat Steppenwolf and those countless parademons. See, if Superman was really important then they should have given some scenes where Batman and Superman would makeup instead of just calling Lois Lane to help Clark Kent remember who he is. After all, the film is not about the ‘Man of Steel’ alone but of a group of superheroes.
Oh, enough of that Henry Cavill’s moustache teasing or Ben Affleck’s on-and-off portrayal of Batman. What’s really sort of pitiful though is the role of the Flash. Hey, did they just turn him into some ‘weakling’ just to get the laughs? That’s the third thing. It’s like even before these 3 newbies could make their own mark, they were already misrepresented. Aquaman even feels so comfortable fighting high up in the air?!
Okay, while the chemistry between the cast was good, the switching storylines of a thousand years past and the present only confused observers about the production. For one, how could the unified army gather just like that?
Finally, the CGI monster was not really an impressive creation for a $300M budget movie, it’s like he was just all fire. Along with the parademons, they looked like they were just plucked out of a video game. Also, perhaps the timing was just a little bad; coming off Ragnarok, the film’s release just saturated the movie world with superheroes. Ey, if not for Wonder Woman’s charm, this movie would have taken a meltdown.