The following is my spoiler-free review of Justice League.
I don’t remember much about Man of Steel, I don’t recall even writing a review of it and can’t find it with a lazy blog search. I remember there was a lot of smashed buildings, a lot of CGI BSTs and a Lex Luthor who was an embarrassment to Gene Hackman. I didn’t hate it but it was pretty lame.
I was drunk and baffled through Batman vs. Superman, but I recall enjoying it even though it was a pretty terrible movie. I had a chortle at Suicide Squad and enjoyed its visuals and sass, although it too was pretty much a mess. And I thought Wonder Woman was great, even though it was spoiled somewhat by overhype and had to shoulder a lot of really heavy expectations. In fact, I enjoyed it more because it stood up under all that excess baggage.
Now we have Justice League, and it looks like DC is finally starting to find its stride. This was a really enjoyable movie (Aquaman! WOOO!), if not quite the BSTs-and-chuckles-fest of Thor: Ragnarok. It was its own thing while still trying a little bit to tap into the Marvel success conduit. It succeeded, I think, without being derivative. It was amusing and entertaining in all the right places, without losing its sombreness.
I understand there were some dramas with Snyder starting the movie and Whedon finishing it, so the dark Snyder colour palette was spiced up in post-production and reshoots, making some of the movie jarringly colourful. It didn’t bother me. Neither did the classically silly villain (fun fact, the band Steppenwolf came a few years before the DC villain of the same name, I’d love to know the story behind that), although Whedon apparently got himself in hot water for liking a tweet criticising the bad guy in this movie. Poor Whedon.
Cavill could have shaved off the moustache he grew for his next role before coming in for reshoots though. Wouldn’t that have been cheaper than this abomination? Good luck unseeing that shit, I couldn’t so I fail to see why you should.
All in all, a grand movie. I’m looking forward to seeing the next installments, and a feeling of optimism is a new and worrying thing for DC movies. Stick around for the end-credit teaser for extra nerd-squeals.
See you at Aquaman: The Motion Picture!