Justice League Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the superhero team-up extravaganza Justice League.)

You can’t save the world alone, and saving the DCEU might be even more of a challenge. After Warner Bros. and DC finally found their footing with Wonder Woman, the superhero series trips over its own cape with the cacophonous Justice League. What should be a moment of triumph for the series – the long-awaited team-up of their signature heroes – instead feels like an uncomfortable obligation. It’s like a weekend visit to grandma – you don’t want to do it, there’s other things you’d really like to be doing, but you figure you make the effort because she’ll be gone soon.

As of this writing, Justice League is underperforming even more than anyone expected. The film failed to break the coveted $100 million domestic weekend opening gross, which will no doubt lead to a string of think-pieces pondering, “What went wrong with the DCEU?” With all this in mind, it almost feels cruel to hammer Justice League more. But this is the task at hand. I come not to praise Justice League, nor do I come to bury it. Instead, I want to try to get to the heart of what makes it tick. This is a garish, visually hideous work of pop art, yet I firmly believe it has its heart in the right place: it wants to tell a fun, entertaining story about a group of people coming together to solve a huge problem, and growing as they do so. But what it wants to do, and what it actually does are two very different things. This Justice League spoiler review will highlight what works best in the film, and what doesn’t work at all.

Spoilers follow, obviously.

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Wonder Woman 2 release date

Wonder Woman was exactly the booster shot the DCEU needed, so it only makes sense that Warner Bros. and DC want to get to Wonder Woman 2 ASAP. After previously committing to a December 2019 release date for the Amazon warrior’s return, Warners has now moved the Wonder Woman 2 release date up to November 2019. And it looks like star Gal Gadot is officially locked-in to return.

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batman and wonder woman

Justice League will finally unite the world’s finest DC Comics superheroes, played by capital “f” Fine actors. And because this is a group of beautiful, superpowered people fighting to save the world, there will inevitably be some sexual tension between the men of the team and the lone female member. Basically, Batman and Wonder Woman are going to be flirting up a storm.

The reshoots of Justice League reportedly built on the hint of romance between Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) that we got a glimpse of in the princess of Themyscira’s introduction in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We got another hint at their budding relationship in Wonder Woman as well, which was bookended by Bruce sending Diana the lost picture of her first love, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), during her stint fighting in World War I. But can Ben Affleck beat out the best Chris? That’s yet to be seen.

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Justice League Featurette

We’re just a few days away from Justice League hitting theaters, bringing the DC Comics superhero team altogether on the big screen for the first time ever. We’ve seen plenty of footage in the trailers that have been released over the past year and a half, and now Warner Bros. Pictures is in the final stretch of their marketing push to show off even more from the blockbuster flick.

A new Justice League featurette goes behind the scenes of the movie showing off Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher having a good time between takes. Plus, there’s a new clip showing off more of the conversation that happens between Bruce Wayne and Arthur Curry when the billionaire vigilante goes searching for metahumans to help defend Earth against an impending threat. Read More »

Wonder Woman 2

One of the biggest hits of the year is Wonder Woman. The film is currently the second highest grossing movie of 2017, and it raked in $821.7 million worldwide. Not only did it make some serious bank, the critical acclaim for the film was through the roof. That means Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment were happy to greenlight a sequel. But if a new rumor is to be believed, unless the studio does some house-cleaning behind the scenes, the sequel could be a jeopardy.

A new report indicates Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot won’t sign on to reprise her role as Diana of Themyscira in Wonder Woman 2 if Brett Ratner remains on board the franchise as a producer. Ratner was recently accused of sexual harassment by several actresses, including Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge and most recently Ellen Page, and it sounds like Gal Gadot won’t stand for having someone like that involved with a franchise that is meant to be empowering to women all around the world. Read More »

Justice League Batman featurette

A new Justice League video takes us behind the scenes of the highly anticipated DCEU film and gives us an extended look at Ben Affleck‘s Batman in all his bulky glory. New footage, and scenes of Jeremy Irons‘ extremely droll Alfred abound!

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Justice League tv spot

If you thought the previous DCEU films were too dark, you’re in luck: there’s a new goofy Justice League TV spot that’s brimming with silliness! Ezra Miller‘s Flash is front and center here, and somehow Batman’s voice has gotten even worse. This is a truly strange spot, and if Justice League itself turns out to be this strange, it will certainly be the best DCEU film to date. Watch the Justice League TV spot below.

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Wonder Woman changed

Justice League is weeks away from hitting theaters, which means the cast is out there doing all sorts of promotion for the highly anticipated DCEU film. As part of that recent promotion, star Gal Gadot revealed that the Wonder Woman story was altered in the wake of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in an attempt to bring some hope to the dour DCEU.

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Final Justice League International trailer

The release of Justice League is fast approaching, tickets are on sale now, and there’s a final international trailer loaded with new footage, including our first good look at the film’s big bad, Steppenwolf. So come together below and watch the final Justice League trailer.

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justice league tv spot

The closer we get to the premiere of Justice League, the lighter the tone of its trailers seem to be. Case-in-point: the Flash’s goofy grin in the newest Justice League TV spot.

Like yesterday’s featurette, the new Justice League clip emphasizes the team’s chemistry, as well as their individual prowesses as superheroes (after all, they each have their own upcoming solo movies). They worked hard on those logos, folks.

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