2017. Directed by Zack Snyder.
By Brian Wallinger
Following the major critical and financial success of Patty Jenkin's Wonder Woman, director Zack Snyder shoots himself in the foot and takes his long awaited Justice League film miles in the wrong direction. Somewhere in this hot mess of a production, there is a solid film that unfortunately had all the best parts of it left on the cutting room floor for the sake of time constraints. Everything about it feels cheap and generic.
Taking place after the events of BvS, Bruce Wayne assembles his would be defenders of the planet against a super natural force from an alternative fourth world that sadly is never explored. The main villain, Steppenwolf appears as a weak imitation of Tim Curry's character from the film Legend, as well as being a boring and one dimensional antagonist with no depth.
In fact the entire ensemble feels out of place and imbalanced. Affleck looks exhausted and performs as though there's someplace else he'd rather be. Gal Gadot gives a decent performance as Wonder Woman, though it feels less charismatic and uninspiring in comparison to her stand alone film. Ezra Miller as The Flash gives an enthusiastic take that is a somewhat positive, though it still feels quirky and out of place at times. Jason Momoa as Aquaman is incredibly underdeveloped and isn't given much to do. His under water fight scenes look incredibly abysmal. Ray Fisher as Cyborg is also underdeveloped and forgettable. Henry Cavill once again playing Superman looks laughably atrocious with an akward upper lip, though the best established shot of the entire film is of him and Amy Adams as Louis Lane, standing in a corn field.
As a core group working together, the chemistry isn't fully fleshed out and it seems like there was a lot of cutting that left out what was originally intended and the result is outright confusing. Meanwhile Joss Whedon's screenplay and the segments of the film he directed are nothing short of cringe worthy while Danny Elfman's score feels like it was engineered on a laptop.
The cinematography, the over abundant CGI, and Snyder's typical trademark of over used repetitive stop motion leave me at a complete loss. Everything about Justice League is cheap and rushed. This was a film that had the potential to be a strong addition to the super hero genre, but ultimately, it cannot escape it's glaring flaws.