Film Review: Justice League
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After a shaky start to DC’s superhero franchise, due to a string of poor films bar Wonder Woman, it’s no surprise that expectations for the long-awaited Justice league have been quite low. Unfortunately, the film does its best to disappoint in what is a yet another messy entry into the DC expanded universe. Following on from the events of Batman v Superman, the film begins with Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) seeking out meta-humans who they believe can help them defend against an impending attack against Earth. Shortly after the pair make contact with those known as The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Mamao) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), the world conqueror Steppenwolf (Ciara Hinds) begins his assault by searching for the ancient power of three ‘Mother Boxes’. As Steppenwolf and his forces grow in strength, it becomes more apparent that the small band of heroes must unite and work together in order to stop a world-ending invasion. You’d be forgiven for walking out of Justice League and feeling as if this was an entirely new series of films by DC. This is because, aside from the actors and the continuation of previous storylines, the film is completely different to its predecessors in everything from tone and look to dialogue and character personalities. It’s hard to ignore how Joss Whedon’s extensive re-shoots have heavily impacted the final film, and whilst some of the director’s changes work for the better, the majority of them cripple what is an already flawed film. Justice League feels much more light-hearted than any of the franchise's previous films with a lot of jokes and quips placed throughout. Ezra Miller’s Flash acts as the source for many of these jokes for much of the film and whilst the actor puts in an energetic performance, a lot of these moments feel forced and fall flat.
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