THREE GUYS AND… A MOVIE
series created by Marvin Mercer and Nick Stephenson
written by Dominick Cappello
I got back from the theater a few hours ago. I’ve not watched or read any reviews of “Justice League”, spoiler or non-spoiler. Even reviews from those who I know liked the film because I want this article to not be influenced by anyone else’s opinions. Sadly, Variety is reporting that “Justice League” will have a disappointing opening weekend, so I guess it’s a triumph for the DCEU haters who act as if they own stock in Marvel Studios.
As for the film, I enjoyed it. Ezra Miller as The Flash / Barry Allen was great fun. When Superman returns as a bitter, almost Red Kryptonite version of Superman, The Flash tries to sneak up on him, but when Superman sees him coming, the look on Barry’s face is priceless. Luckily, Batman knew that seeing Lois Lane would calm Superman and return him to his good guy ways. Danny Elfman provided the music and twice we hear a bit of the classic John Williams Superman theme from the 1978 film and there were at least three instances where Danny Elfman paid homage to himself with snippets of his classic 1989 Batman theme. The opening scene where Superman is being filmed on a phone is the only time it was obvious to me that Henry Cavill’s moustache (that’s he’s grown for his villainous role in the next “Mission: Impossible” film) had been digitally removed. The film’s mid-credits scene had fun with the age old question of who would win in a race? Superman or The Flash?
Just so everyone knows that I’m not a fanboy who refuses to admit any shortcomings, I agree with what I heard about the film having a generic CGI villain bent on destruction. Even though I’ve avoided the reviews, there were some comments on social media I wasn’t able to avoid. Also, I was somewhat confused by the scene where Aquaman returns to Atlantis. What prompted his return? And, if I heard right, when Mera tells him it’s his duty to stop Steppenwolf, he’s replies that she needs to do him a favor first. What was the favor? We never see Amber Heard again, so was the favor was just giving him his trident?
I thought it was cool to see three actors from “Game of Thrones” in “Justice League”. Of course, Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) as Aquaman, Ciaran Hinds (Mance Rayder) as Steppenwolf, and Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton) as the terrorist who was thwarted by Wonder Woman. In the flashbacks, we see members of the Green Lantern Corps doing battle with Steppenwolf’s army. One controversy I wasn’t able to avoid was the Amazonians’ wardrobe apparently being more revealing in this film than in “Wonder Woman”. Whether or not you feel the wardrobe was exploitative, just remember that this was from the director of “300”, a film about buff dudes in loincloths, so Zack Snyder has always tried to recreate the physical perfection depicted in most comic books. “Watchmen” is referenced when Bruce Wayne mentions the doomsday clock and Billy Crudup, Dr. Manhattan himself, plays Barry Allen’s father.
Though Ezra Miller gives her a run for her money, Gal Gadot steals the show. Superman has always been my favorite superhero and The Joker has always been my favorite villain, but Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is quickly becoming one of my all time favorites. Jesse Eisenberg returns as Lex Luther in the post-credits scene and Joe Magniello appears as Slade Wilson/ Deathstroke. Deathstroke is meant to be the main antagonist in the standalone Batman film, but who knows what the future has in store. I just look forward to seeing more of J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. Lex teases that the baddies should have a league of their own. I guess it would have been too on the nose for him to say they’re like a legion of doom? As for the 39% rating, Rotten Tomatoes can go suck a lemon.
– Dr. Rochester