Release Year: 2017
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Chris Terrio (screenplay & story), Joss Whedon (screenplay), Zack Snyder (story)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds, Amber Heard, Joe Morton, Lisa Loven Kongsli
A powerful enemy is threatening the planet and with Superman (Henry Cavill) gone there is only Batman to turn to. Fueled by his newfound faith in humanity, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) begin to assemble a team of gifted individuals to face the enemy.
Man of Steel (2013) set a sombre but widely appreciated tone for DC’s big cinematic adventure (DCEU), but Zack Snyder’s follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) received many hostile reviews despite delivering some big spectacles. After an enthusiastic reception for Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman (2017) this is in many ways the make-or-break movie for the DCEU as headed by Snyder. Luckily for fans of superhero movies who would just like to see the big entertaining and fun films keep coming, Justice League delivers on its promises. It’s funny to think, that 10 years ago this would probably have been heralded as a great achievement, but we have become so accustomed to these multible heroes flicks that we expect something extra. Justice League does not quite deliver on that, although Aquaman is awesome and it is always great to see more of Wonder Woman, but it manages to be different enough from The Avengers (2012) to not feel like a repeat. It does help that DC’s superheroes have a different feel to them and most of the team are completely new to movie goers, including Jason Momoa’s aforementioned Aquaman, and Ezra Miller’s quite funny rendition of The Flash. Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011) plays the very well-made CGI villain Steppenwolf and while the story is straight forward prevention of world destruction, the film lives in its interplay between these likable heroes, good entertaining fight scenes, and a few glimpses of Zack Snyder’s trademark showstopping images (just think of Aquaman returning to the water after talking to Bruce Wayne). While still not the truly great DC film we’re all waiting for it’s another step in the right direction and has us all the more excited for Aquaman’s standalone film set for release in december 2018. Recommended, unless you are a Zack Snyder hater.
When the film was shown in Icelandic theatres (with subtitles, not dubbing), Jason Momoa’s one line in Icelandic was deemed so unintelligible that it was subtitled as well.
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