5 REASONS WHY EVERYONE IS WRONG ABOUT JUSTICE LEAGUE

Justice League is a flawed movie that much is obvious. From the reshoots and the director changes to the pressure of following up Batman v. Superman (MARTHA!) and #MustacheGate, the movie had problems. If you’ve been on the internet since the movie came out last year, you know that the opinion of this movie is divisive at best. Case and point RogerEbert.com reviewer, Matt Zoller Seitz, had this as his final words on his relatively positive review “the end product is coherent: funny but rarely glib, serious but unpretentious, and better than it had any right to be.” While Slash Film Critic, Chris Evangelista, had this to say, “I don’t need Justice League to be an overly-intelligent work of high art. I do need it to elicit an emotion in me other than dull exhaustion. Is that really so much to ask for?”

The response to this movie ranges from love to meh to hate, and while there is merit to the hate side (which you may hear from me soon), on my second viewing of the movie and perusing the special features on the Blu-ray/DVD release I’ve found a lot to like about Justice League. Here are five reasons why everyone is WRONG about Justice League.

5.  F is for Flash and Fun
The Flash
From the first time I watched the movie, I thought the Flash was funny and a major highlight. He stole most of the scenes with a timid charm, as the Flash tends to do being the heart of the League in the comics. (If you didn’t know, there is a two-episode arc from the Justice League Animated show where we see an alternate earth where the Flash was killed by Lex Luthor. Superman kills Lex and the League becomes the leaders of the world. That’s what happens without the Flash.)

The choice, whether it came from Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon, to have Ezra Miller portray The Flash in this classic way was one of the best decisions they could have made. I will defend Man of Steel as an okay movie but making Superman dark and gritty did not win DC any favors. Taking a character like Superman, the beacon of hope in the DCU, and scuffing up that shine was a mistake (for some) and it is telling that they did not repeat that for the Flash. They can be taught!

Beyond that, the special feature “Justice League: The New Heroes” shows off Miller’s dedication to making each moment of the Flash’s “Flash Speed” scenes look as strong as possible. This certainly pays off because if you’re being honest, Superman turning his head to follow the Flash was one of the coolest moments in the film.

4. Cyborg Wants to Live
Justice League - Cyborg
Justice League gets a lot of opposition that says that Cyborg (Ray Fisher) was just there, that he was boring. The main issue that Cyborg deals with in comics (in the New-52 run) is the question of whether he would be better off dead. To not know whether you are more machine than the identity you associate with or not, to change every day and never unplug. That’s the life that Victor Stone has now as Cyborg. Dark, right? So, why are we confused that Cyborg is having a little trouble controlling himself and being mildly pissed off.

Nevertheless, over the course of the film Cyborg learns that what he is now can be used to save people, that it’s a gift. Through encouragement from the rest of the team, Cyborg gains more control and wants to live. You can see this in small moments, the development of his relationship with Flash (“the Accidents” as they call themselves, culminating in the fist bump at the end of the movie), and Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) encouragement at the end of the second act. Cyborg has more of a character arc in Justice League than anyone else (that doesn’t involve being brought back to life), the decision to live in this altered state.

3. Aquaman’s Motivation
Jason Momoa
This one is simple, but Aquaman’s (Jason Momoa) motivation in Justice League is perfect because it’s simple. The Mother box is taken from Atlantis; Meera (Amber Heard) confronts Arthur and tells him that it is his responsibility to go after it because it would have been his mother's duty as queen if she were alive. He scoffs at that because of the way he perceived his mother (that she abandoned him and his father), Mera quickly corrects his perception and he leaves to do his duty. It’s simple, effective, and clearly explained. Better still, Arthur doesn’t spend a whole movie battling with this, he sees that he’s wrong and moves on. Leaving us with more time for Arthur to work with the Justice League and have some conflict left for his stand-alone movie.

He also has one of the best scenes in the movie. He sits down and starts talking to the rest of the League explaining how he honestly feels about each of them, later to realize that he was sitting on Wonder Woman’s lasso. It’s a genuine, funny moment that Jason Mamoa lands perfectly.

2. “He is More Human than I am”
Ben Affleck
In the middle of the film, Bruce (Ben Affleck) is discussing his plan with Alfred (Jeremy Irons) to bring Superman (Henry Cavill) back to life, and he says the line above. That line has been stuck in my brain since my first viewing of the film, and I can't let it go. Batman, at this point in his life, has come to recognize that while being the only human on the team, Superman has had a truer experience of being human than he has. For me, that harkens back to the opening of the film where children ask him: “What’s the best thing about planet earth?” Superman thinks on that for a moment, smiles, and then the footage cuts.

The thing about this moment is that it makes me wonder what Batman’s answer to that question would be. I can’t think of one, which reinforces Batman’s motivation in this film. He feels a strong guilt for Superman’s death and deduces that the world needs Superman more than Batman, especially in the current circumstances of the film. How does someone like the older Batman we have in this cinematic universe stand up to someone like Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds)? They make a point of showing you in this movie that he can’t take the same level of abuse as the other members. He is nursing wounds while the rest of the League is ready to go. Batman wants to set up the Justice League to be in a place to fill his shoes when he can no longer be Batman.

1. DC Rebirth
Justice League
I think this movie is the turning point for the DCEU. With the literal rebirth of Superman, who comes back with a brighter, bluer suit, a new, brighter day is dawning. What makes me hopeful about the future is that Justice League was able to build on its first three movies, fix the mistakes from two of them, and introduce three new characters where they had time to shine. If you look back at Marvel’s movies leading up to the first Avengers movie, they had four: a solo film for Thor, Captain America, and two for Iron Man (and another if you count the Hulk movie). Out of those four, the first Iron Man is the only one to me that stands out as exceptional. Does that sound familiar?

DC will always be compared to Marvel because Marvel did this first, and “right.” Everyone rushes to the conclusion that DC is expediting these movies to catch up to Marvel, but they are doing the same thing, just a few years behind. Take away everything you know about the production of this film, all the hate you read online, and look at this movie for what it is: a comic book team-up movie plagued by an overactive media and a community of fans that can’t be satisfied; it’s not perfect, but neither was Age of Ultron.

That’s my list. If you want to tell me I’m wrong, sound off in the comments below!

Full Justice League product details below! #AFJ4LIFE

 

Justice LeagueNeed a second opinion? Our own Rob Vaux reviewed the film back in November (here). Own Justice League on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on March 13th!

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

Justice League 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features:

·         Road to Justice

o   Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut.

·         Heart of Justice

o   Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

·         Technology of the Justice League

o   From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.

·         Justice League: The New Heroes

o   Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.

·         The Return of Superman

o   Bonus scenes not seen in theaters

·         Steppenwolf the Conqueror

o   Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind’s ancient enemy and the Justice League’s greatest challenge.

·         Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

·         Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

·         Scene Studies: Heroes Park

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

·         Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

·         Suit Up: The Look of the League

o   Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC’s iconic heroes.

Justice League” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

·         Road to Justice

·         Heart of Justice

·         Technology of the Justice League

·         Justice League: The New Heroes

·         Steppenwolf the Conqueror

·         Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons

·         Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue

·         Scene Studies: Heroes Park

·         Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle

·         Suit Up: The Look of the League

1 Comment
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    Patrick Bouzios March 12, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Spot on article mate!

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