Justice League

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Justice League
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Genre: Superhero
Action
Directed By: Zack Snyder (Credited)
Joss Whedon (Uncredited)
Produced By: Charles Roven
Deborah Snyder
Jon Berg
Geoff Johns
Written By: Chris Terrio
Joss Wheadon
Based On: Justice League by Gardner Fox
Starring: Ben Affleck
Henry Cavill
Gal Gadot
Ezra Miller
Jason Momoa
Ray Fisher
Amy Adams
Jeremy Irons
Diane Lane
Connie Nielsen
J. K. Simmons
Ciarán Hinds
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Fabian Wagner
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: November 13, 2017 (Dolby Theatre)
November 17, 2017 (United States)
Runtime: 120 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $300 million
Box Office: $657.9 million
Franchise: DC Comics
Prequel: Wonder WomanGMW
Sequel: AquamanGMW


"Let's get a team together. ✓ Let's go stop Steppenwolf from getting the last box. ✓ Let's revive Superman with that box because that's how stuff works. ✓ Let's go fight Steppenwolf again. ✓ (either laughs, coughs or cries)"

Filmento

Justice League is a 2017 American superhero movie, featuring DC Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe and a follow-up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and was directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon who served as co-director, based on a story by Terrio and Snyder. It features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons and an ensemble movie featuring Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman while introducing Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman. It premiered in Los Angeles at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017, and was released in the United States in 4DX, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on November 17, 2017.

Plot

Thousands of years ago, Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons attempt to conquer Earth through the combined energies of three Mother Boxes. They are foiled by a unified army that included the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, mankind and the Green Lantern Corps. After repelling Steppenwolf's army, the Mother Boxes are separated and hidden in locations around the planet.

In the present day, the world is in mourning after Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday. This causes the Mother Boxes to reactivate and Steppenwolf to return to Earth in an effort to regain favor with his master, Darkseid. Steppenwolf manages to retrieve the Mother Box from Themyscira, prompting Queen Hippolyta to warn her daughter Diana Prince of Steppenwolf's return by lighting the invasion fire. Prince joins Bruce Wayne in his attempt to unite other metahumans to their cause, with Wayne going after Arthur Curry and Barry Allen, while Prince tries to locate Victor Stone. The two of them fail to persuade Curry and Stone, but manage to recruit an enthusiastic Allen onto the team. Stone later joins the team after his father Silas is kidnapped, along with several other S.T.A.R. Labs employees, by Steppenwolf seeking to acquire the Mother Box from them.

Meanwhile, Steppenwolf attacks Atlantis to retrieve the next Mother Box, forcing Curry to take action. The team receives intel from Commissioner James Gordon leading them to Steppenwolf's army, based in an abandoned facility under Gotham Harbor. Although the group manages to rescue the kidnapped employees, the facility is flooded during combat, which traps the team until Curry helps delay the flood so they can escape. Stone retrieves the last Mother Box, which he had hidden, for the group to analyze. Stone reveals that his father used the Mother Box to rebuild Stone's body after an accident almost cost him his life. Wayne decides to use the Mother Box to resurrect Superman, not only to help them fight off Steppenwolf's army, but also to restore hope to mankind. Prince and Curry are hesitant about the idea, but Wayne forms a secret contingency plan in case Superman returns as a nemesis.

Clark Kent's body is exhumed and placed in the incubation waters of the Kryptonian ship alongside the Mother Box, which in turn activates and successfully resurrects Superman. However, Superman's memories have not returned, and he viciously attacks the group after Stone accidentally launches a projectile at him. On the verge of being killed by Superman, Batman enacts his contingency plan: Lois Lane. Superman calms down and leaves with Lois to his family home in Smallville, where he reflects and tries to recover his memories. With the final Mother Box unguarded, Steppenwolf retrieves it with ease.

Without Superman to aid them, the five heroes travel to a village in Russia where Steppenwolf plans to unite the boxes once again and reshape the world. The team fights their way through the Parademons to reach Steppenwolf, although they are unable to distract him enough for Stone to separate the boxes. Superman arrives and assists Allen in evacuating the city, as well as Stone in separating the Mother Boxes. The group manages to defeat Steppenwolf, who, overcome with fear, is attacked by his own Parademons before they all teleport away.

In the aftermath of the battle, Wayne and Prince agree to rebuild Wayne Manor as a base of operations for the team, with additional space for more potential heroes. Prince steps back into the public spotlight as a hero; Allen acquires a job in Central City's police department, impressing his father; Stone continues to explore and enhance his abilities with his father in S.T.A.R. Labs; Curry returns to Atlantis; and Superman resumes his life as reporter Clark Kent. In a mid-credits scene, Superman and Allen race to see who is the fastest. In the post-credits scene, Lex Luthor has escaped from Arkham Asylum and recruits Slade Wilson to form a "league" of their own

Bad Qualities

  1. Executive meddling: The movie was a victim of massive amounts of this. As a result of all the problems mentioned below, the movie is very poorly paced and has a very inconsistent tone.
    • There are many times where footage from the original cut and the re-shoots are used in the same scene and it is very noticeable.
    • Due to the executive meddling and trying to catch up with the Marvel Cinematic UniverseGMW, the movie feels like a weaker clone of The AvengersGMW.
  2. Terrible computer-generated imagery even for 2017 standards, most noticeably Superman's infamous computer-generated mouth.
  3. A large amount of scenes were cut from the final version released in theaters, causing a lot of plot and development for characters to be lost.
  4. Zack Snyder's dark and grim tone very badly clashes with Joss Whedon's lighthearted tone as this makes the re-shoots even more obvious.
  5. Due to Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman not getting a proper movie to introduce them or their lore, their backstories are very rushed.
  6. Weak cinematography which makes it look more like a TV show or made for television film then a theatrical film.
  7. Large parts of the movie attempt to outright retcon Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. For example; in said film, the world had a very polarized view on Superman with some comparing him to Jesus and others hating him as an alien invader. But in this movie, the whole world suddenly views Superman as a beacon of hope and everyone mourns his death with zero mentioning of him being hated by anyone at all.
    • There is a scene in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where Batman has a vision of the "Knightmarish" world conquered by Darkseid, a Superman that is evil, and Flash coming from the future to warn him about incoming events. The whole point of that scene was to set up future installments, yet none of it is mentioned in the actual movie and Darkseid was completely cut, thus he is only mentioned once in the entire movie.
  8. The poster is very dull making it look more like either a 1970s or 1980s film than a 2010s film.
  9. The characters' costumes were meant for dark dimly lit rooms, but because the color palette was brightened up in the reshoots, the costumes stick out badly.
  10. The characters are barely gets fair amount of screen time and no development whatsoever.
    1. Batman is out-of-character since he is made considerably weak compared to the rest of the team and is over-reliant on gadgets as he's barely useful in combat unless he is using weapons or vehicles. He also makes many one-liners that don't fit the character as he was established in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and seems more like what Tony Stark would say. Examples are:
      1. "I'm rich!" when Flash asks what are Batman's powers.
      2. "I'm not the one carrying a pitchfork" to Aquaman.
      3. "Maybe temporary" when asked about why he's making a team.
      4. "Something's definitely bleeding" after he got beaten up by Superman in a very embarrassing way.
    2. Flash runs in a very awkward unnatural way and the actor often moves his eyes around very distractedly.
    3. Aquaman barely gets to use his water powers during the movie.
    4. Superman is extremely overpowered to the point where it feels like the rest of the Justice League is unneeded. Before Superman is revived, the League utterly fails to do anything to slow down Steppenwolf, then in the climax Superman defeats Steppenwolf almost effortlessly and without needing the other heroes' help. Flash is also made near redundant after Superman is revived because he is very clearly shown to be faster than Flash.
    5. The Justice League is rather incompetent, most notoriously when the team has the final Mother Box before leaving it completely unguarded, allowing Steppenwolf to effortlessly take it without a fight.
    6. Steppenwolf is a very generic and lame villain. His whole character is literally "I'm gonna destroy the world because I'm evil!" that he is not only a version, but a rip-off of Lyric from Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. He was also supposed to have some backstory and was the uncle of one of DC comics greatest villains, Darkseid, but it was also cut as part of the re-shoots along with studio mandating edits.
  11. The movie overall has a very generic Avengers clone feel, not doing anything new that hasn't been seen before in the dozens of superhero movies that have come out in the past decade.
    1. In case of Joss Whedon, director of the first 2 Avengers films, has no experience and was assumed that he was trying to intimidate his first Avengers film with Justice League.
    2. Danny Elfman's score is also very uncharistically generic, outside of theme songs that came from previous movies, comparing to the DC Films as well as Danny Elfman's movies.
    3. The plot is also rehash of The Avengers, as both films are about horned helmet-wearing alien who wants to conquer the world with a cube shaped object on behalf of a superior evil being acting from behind the shadows, and in response heroes around the world team up to stop the alien's army but first must learn to work together. This is possibly because Joss Whedon, the director of The Avengers was a writer and took over directing duties in post-production after Zack Snyder stepped down.
  12. Plot hole: The Parademons are shown to have super strength (as, for example, they ripped off parts of the Batmobile and they easily caused it severe damage), but they were attacking the Russian family's house (which has a very poor structure) for a long period of time and they couldn't even storm in.

Good Qualities

  1. The team's interactions with each other are fun to watch.
  2. The action scenes are pretty cool for the most part.
  3. Much less dark than previous DCEU movies.
  4. The acting is decent.
  5. The Jesus allegory that was shoved into Superman in both Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman was completely dropped in favor of giving the character real development, which in turn makes him a more likable character with more personality despite his short screentime.
  6. Superman altogether is more accurate to his comic book counterpart than in his previous appearances by a country mile. The mock interview he has with the kids in the beginning of the movie is a wonderful example of how Superman should be.
  7. There are some effective jokes, such as when Aquaman starts talking about his feelings unaware that he's sitting on the Lasso of Truth. The scene where Flash fights Superman was also funny.
  8. Steppenwolf and the parademons have more menacing designs than their comic book counterparts and they would be later redesigned in Zack Snyder's Justice League.
  9. Even though Danny Elfman's score is generic, there are some good songs like "Everybody Knows" by Sigrid.
  10. When Batman recruit the Flash, there was a Rick and Morty episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes" cameo somewhere, despite for some product placements, unlike those movies to "make the audience interest cliche" like The Emoji Movie, Disaster Movie, and Fantastic Four.

Background

Plans for a Justice League move began since 2007, when a script titled "Justice League Mortal" was written by Michelle and Kieran Mulroney and green-lit for production, however the movie was quickly cancelled due to multiple delays and problems before starting filming. The film would've been directed by George Miller and starred D.J. Cotrana as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Common as Green Lantern, Adam Brody as the Flash, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, and Jay Baruchel as the main antagonist Maxwell Lord.

Shortly after the success of The Dark Knight trilogy, Warner Bros. had began plans for a Superman trilogy beginning with Man of Steel, however after the release of Marvel's The Avengers the trilogy was dropped in favor of a DC movie universe, unofficially labeled the "DC Extended Universe" with Man of Steel considered the first installment of the series. The intended Man of Steel sequel was reworked into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which would then be followed by a new Justice League, both of which would be directed by Zack Snyder, who also directed Man of Steel.

Director Zack Snyder's plan was to make a trilogy of Justice League movies following Batman v Superman, where Steppenwolf would be the villain of the first movie, followed by Darkseid as the true villain of the second and third films.

The first Justice League movie would begin production immediately after Batman v Superman, however, when Batman v Superman was released it was panned by critics and most audiences, despite the movie being profitable the negative reaction towards it led to Warner Bros. meddling with multiple DCEU films, primarily demanding that the dark tones of those movies were changed to be more lighthearted and comedic.

The meddling by Warner Bros. resulted in Justice League suffering large amount of production problems; the script was drastically altered leading to Darkseid being completely cut, leaving Steppenwolf as the only villain in the movie. An early cut of the film was presented but higher ups described it as "unwatchable" and demanded more changes and rewrites, alongside rumors that Zack Snyder would be fired. Mid-production, Snyder's daughter tragically died, causing him to completely step down from the project. Joss Wheadon, director of The Avengers, was brought to make extensive re-shoots and finish the project, however by that time the movie was dangerously close to release and yet Warner Bros. refused to delay it. More than an hour worth of footage was cut because Warner Bros. mandated that the movie couldn't be longer than two hours, as a results many scenes shown in trailers were nowhere to be seen in the final product.

An additional problem came when Henry Cavil, Superman's actor, was called to do re-shoots but at that time Cavil was already shooting for Mission Impossible: Fallout and his character in that movie required him to grow a big mustache that he wasn't allowed to shave. Warner Bros. had to use CGI to hide Cavil's mustache during the re-shoots, but due to the movie being so close to release the editors didn't have the time to properly apply the CGI.

Following the release of the movie, there's been a large amount of speculation regarding the initial cut of the movie intended by Zack Snyder, dubbed the "Snyder Cut". Some sources indicate that said cut does indeed exist but is a very rough cut without any major editing work nor any CGI applied, therefore it is too incomplete to be released and would cost too much money to complete. Warner Bros. later stated that there are no plans for making more crossover movies for a while, as such the intended second and third Justice League movies as planned by Zack Snyder have been indefinitely delayed if not outright cancelled.

Reception

Initially, audiences were very skeptical of Justice League due to being soured by Batman v. Superman. Despite this, interest in the film was fairly high and was improved by the positive reception of Wonder Woman in earlier 2017. Concerns for the movie however became rampant after Zack Snyder left the production followed by reports that Snyder's initial cut was scrapped and that the movie would have a large amount of rewrites directed by Joss Wheadon.

Justice League have been, however received mixed reviews from critics, audiences and DC fans alike, who praised the action sequences and performances (particularly of Gadot and Miller) but criticized the plot, writing, score, pacing, villain, and computer-generated imagery. Its tone was also met with a polarized reception, with some appreciating the lighter tone compared to previous DCEU films and others finding it inconsistent. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film reported an approval rating of 40%, based on 391 reviews, with an average rating of 5.26/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.". On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 52 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

On the other hand, audience score was positive, with 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and 6.4 score on Metacritic.

Following Justice League's underwhelming performance and several DCEU movies being cancelled in favor of other DC movies not related to it, many fans are questioning the future of the DCEU. Warner Bros. announced that they'll continue the franchise but will move away from the movies prior to Justice League. Warner Bros. later announced that the franchise would be soft-rebooted as "Worlds of DC", in which some elements from the previous DCEU movies such as Aquaman and Wonder Woman will remain canon but most other films will be ignored if not outright retconned out of canon, likewise newer films in the franchise will not focus on crossovers.

Fans of the DCEU have been demanding for a "Snyder Cut" of the movie to be released, but it was at one point unlikely to happen. Until in 20th May 2020, Warner Bros. has announced that the "Snyder Cut" will be titled "Zack Snyder's Justice League" and is set to be released on HBO Max in 18 March, 2021.[1]

Box office

Justice League opened up at #1 on its opening weekend making a domestic gross of $38,471,202. The total domestic gross was $229,024,295. In foreign territories, it made $428,900,000. Overall, Justice League grossed $657,924,295 against its $300 million budget, making it a box office bomb, being the least profitable out of all the movies in the DCEU and causing Warner Bros. to losing an estimated $60 million budget. The general audiences described the movie as "A Frankenstein monster that is neither Snyder's movie nor Whedon's movie".

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HawkeyeSolo

5 months ago
Score 0
Hard to believe the Snyder Cut is coming.
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EricSonic

5 months ago
Score 3
I hope the Snyder cut is actually good.
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Blubabluba9990

4 months ago
Score 1
Anyone else consider this a rip off of Thor: The Dark World
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ACoolBlaze5

4 months ago
Score 6
I consider this more of an Avengers ripoff.
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JDM4678

4 months ago
Score 1
Poster looks like a 1980s film ngl
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Dragos133

2 months ago
Score 0
This is honestly my least favorite DC movie ever. Go watch Shazam or Watchmen instead of this disappointing mess.
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ItMeansNothing

2 months ago
Score 1
Sir, this is an Arby's.
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Robertoiglesias271

one month ago
Score 0

I think the 6 leads give great performances, and it's entertaining. So it's better than BvS imo.

Besides that, fuck this pathetic product and fuck Steppenwolf. Give me Malekith any day, at least he's, a bit different.

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