The DC Cinematic Universe has had a much tougher time getting established than their Marvel counterparts. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the DC offerings, especially Wonder Woman, a new high bar for DC, they don’t seem to have the consistency, success or structure of the Marvel films. This month their equivalent to Marvel’s Avengers hits shelves with Justice League, so where does it land in terms of quality?
After the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) sees the world in danger. Inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) sacrifice, Bruce sets out to assemble a team of metahumans that can stop the coming darkness of Steppenwolf, who plans to find three mythic cubes that will grant him the power to reclaim the Earth, a right he believes is owed to him. With the help of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Bruce finds Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) who together must stop Steppenwolf, even if it means tampering with life and death itself in an effort to save mankind.
Justice League is definitely another step in the right direction for DC. While there is much information out there suggesting studio interference is keeping many DC films from being much better than they are (Batman v Superman was greatly improved by a director’s cut and Justice League has many available deleted scenes suggesting the same might have been true), Justice League is still a lighter, much more fun film than many were expecting from DC. First off there is much more humor from all characters involved but mainly coming from Ezra Miller’s Flash and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. The action scenes are huge scale and lots of fun and the inevitable return of Superman is well handled and finally brings us the Man of Steel many fans have been waiting for. But I do sincerely hope DC decides to release a director’s cut of this film as well because it does feel like it is missing some depth. But there is still lots of enjoy with Justice League and after the huge success of Wonder Woman now we just have to wait and see what bringing James Wan into the DC Universe with his Aquaman solo movie later this year will do. That one just might be a game changer. For now, Justice League is definitely recommended.