Continuing from where Batman V Superman left off, Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) has concerns about the safety of Earth. He is investigating a new enemy that has turned up. Working with his newfound ally, Diana (Wonder Woman), the two begin to seek and enlist new members who might able to help defeat Earth’s latest threat. The world is also still mourning the recent loss of Superman.
Unlike the previous Batman V Superman instalment, Justice League has many changes to the film’s tones. Some of these include the increased amount of humour from its characters, the more extensive use of bright colours (Batman films can be so dark!), a more massive mix of superhero characters, and (my personal favourite) a change in the film’s soundtrack. All of these are strong points and prosperous areas of the film.
It was exciting to see the film introduce new characters from the DC world, and I feel many comic book fans will be pleased. A word of warning though- some may complain about the character introductions being rather brief. Nevertheless, I cannot deny that the characters are likeable and fun to watch as they work together. Knowing there is an upcoming solo film about the new hero “Aquaman” had me leaving the cinema feeling rather excited about his new movie. Music composer Danny Elfman has returned to score this new DC film, and it’s fantastic! Some of the music used in this film reminded me of the classic Batman tracks we once heard when the actor Michael Keaton used to wear the mask.
While the characters in the Justice League are successful and work brilliantly together, the film’s pacing does seem to have some very unusual cuts and edits that almost make parts of the story feel out of place. There are also key scenes, particularly in the third act, where the world of this film feels a lot smaller and gives the audience a strong feeling that our actors have now moved into a small room in front of a green screen. Even in scenes that are around towns or buildings, the film never seems to show other people running away or trying to survive (other than one key family lol). The film’s villain for me was also a little flat. At no point was I concerned or fearful as the villain made comments regarding world domination.
Overall I’m happy to announce that the Justice League is an improvement from the previous DC instalments (Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman). With characters that are fun to watch, the film delivers enough on-screen that will leave you wanting to know more about them. Minor negatives such as poor editing choices and cuts (along with the green screen like moments) do sadly hurt the film’s pacing and tension. This is a film that will please many DC fans out there.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden