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.

Read More »

Justice League Clips

Justice League isn’t a perfect movie. If you’ve already flown into a fit of rage after reading that sentence, maybe you should do your blood pressure a favor and click away from this piece now. For the rest of you, I want to talk a little about Justice League‘s villain, Steppenwolf, and some DC fans’ reactions to Joss Whedon liking a tweet that criticizes that character.
Read More »

justice league early buzz

After an aborted attempt at a Justice League movie from Mad Max helmer George Miller back in 2007, and the subsequent formulation of an entire cinematic universe with films like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman, we’re finally only a few calendar days away from the release of a real and completed live-action Justice League film.

Critics have had a love-hate relationship with the recent slate of DC movies (admittedly leaning a bit more toward hate than love), but now the first batch of social media reactions to Justice League have hit the web. So what’s the verdict? Is this more of the same, or is DC on the right track? Read the Justice League early buzz below.
Read More »

Justice League runtime

Wonder Woman has become the highest-grossing superhero origin movie of all time, and even though that movie has become a cultural touchstone for a generation of women, Warner Bros. and DC Films still have lots of work to do if they want audiences to forget the bad taste that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad left in their mouths. One of the ways that might happen is to cut down on bloated runtimes, which was reportedly a priority with the next film under the DC banner, Justice League.

A new report from the Wall Street Journal indicates that WB’s CEO Kevin Tsujihara “made clear he wanted Justice League to be under two hours,” shorter than the excessive 151 minutes of Dawn of Justice.
Read More »

Justice League

Justice League is the shortest DC Extended Universe film yet.

The official run time for Warner Bros.’ superhero team-up movie clocks in at 121 minutes. This is two minutes shorter than the previous shortest DC Film, Suicide Squad, which ran 123 minutes. And it’s 50 minutes shorter than the rumored Justice League run time that was bouncing around the Twittersphere earlier this year.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

justice league trailer

Someday, Justice League‘s long and complicated journey to the big screen will make for a compelling tell-all book. Until then, we can only sit here with one question on the tip of our tongues: will Warner Bros.’ DC superhero team-up movie be any good? While you never can tell with marketing, the new Justice League trailer is here for us to poke at, observe, and dissect. So let’s take a look.

Read More »

Superman new costume

Over a year ago, actor Henry Cavill teased Superman was changing up his style for Justice League. All directions seem to point to he’s coming back from the dead with a new look: the famous black suit. The next time we see Superman, he may resemble the fallen hero from “The Death of Superman.” Now, a toy for Justice League shows the character sporting the black suit.

Below, check out the Superman black suit action figure.

Read More »

Steppenwolf mask

We haven’t seen much of Steppenwolf’s not-so-pretty mug from the Justice League marketing. The big bad of the film is played via motion-capture by Ciarán Hinds, so the little we’ve seen of villain’s face has been blurry, probably unfinished visual effects.

And because toys and other merch always seem to outpace their own movies, a new mask gives a slightly better idea of Steppenwolf’s grizzled face looks like.

Read More »

Justice League Batman

Ben Affleck‘s future as Batman appears uncertain with the rumor mill suggesting he wants out. Just yesterday his own brother said he doesn’t think he’ll star in The Batman. Affleck, however, recently dismissed these rumors at Comic-Con. The Argo director is still Batman until he (or Warner Bros.) says otherwise. This Fall, he’ll be back as the character in Justice League, which he says features a less vengeful and more heroic Batman.

Below, Ben Affleck talks about the differences between the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Read More »

Justice League Reshoots

Frenzied reports of the goings-on of the Justice League reshoots have DC Extended Universe fans concerned that this spells Doomsday for massive superhero team-up movie. But Justice League star and Caped Crusader himself, Ben Affleck, is swooping in to save the day and say, don’t worry. Um…we think?

Affleck commented on the upcoming Justice League movie, which was directed by Zack Snyder before he left due to family tragedy. Former Marvel Studios favorite Joss Whedon, who had recently jumped across the aisle to direct Batgirl, stepped in to handle reshoots. The two-director situation is unusual, but shouldn’t have fans too worried, Affleck said, diplomatically calling Justice League “an interesting product of two directors.” Interesting.

Read More »