3 boxes filled with an ancient power combined with a bad guy (who looks a lot like Liam Neeson) on a power trip that is too big for one hero to deal with is the perfect machination to put a team together with right? Zack Snyder's Justice League is upon us and given the absolute dross of Batman v Superman its fair to say that my expectations were set fairly low for this culmination of previous DC movie events.
Sadly the problems remain and are glaring. There is erratic storytelling, poor editing and some CGI that it is hard to believe they paid for. A bad guy on a rampage because that's what bad guys do and the now traditional final 20 mins of people crashing into each other with our heroes opting for redemptive violence to solve the problems of the world.
With all the problematic elements out of the way I must confess that I did have fun with Justice League (when not being distracted by its problems). This is a vehicle not for a wider story but for popcorn sales. It is big, dumb, fun and filled with many characters who, while enjoyable, would be perfectly suited to this being a one off event.
Gal Gadot is the shining light in the DC world and remains so within this film but the gaze through which we see her is very different. There is pubescent lust through which the camera ogles at her beauty and characters discuss her beauty and in one scene Jason Momoa's terribly bland Aquaman declares her beauty vivacioulsy to the viewer while sitting on the lasso of truth. This is a definite backword step from the vision of Patty Jenkins which was much more positive and certainly less objectiied than thi sfilm does at points.
Ezra Miller as Flash is funny, charming and endearing as he fanboys his way through events in a similar vein to the most recent Spider-Man incarnation. However, I'm not sold on needing to see this character again as he like other team members suffer from a lack of background story and hasty introductions. More time being spent on character development would inevitably lead to an audience caring more for the future of these heroes.
Justice League should be a marker point in this DC world, a culmination of intertwining stories, and a finale of sorts in the bigger story at play. While fun at times and with a humour that never feels unwelcome, ultimately the Justice League struggles in its run time to shake off its over arching problems.
I'm not sure where Justice League leaves the DC cinema project. It may be that Justice League is the best example of Schrodinger's cinema and while some may consider it to be alive and well the possibility remains that it may ultimately be dead.
Justice League is in cinemas now.