“They said the age of heroes would never come again.” ★★★★☆
This review contains spoilers
After disappointing showings of previous DC films – including Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman – you wouldn’t be blamed if you went in to see Justice League with low expectations. If this was the case, then you will be pleasantly surprised as the DC equivalent of The Avengers certainly delivers.
The main tone of the film remains similar to that of Dawn of Justice. It is dark and serious, but it manages to fit in a lot of humour and action to appease fans. This may have had something to do with director Joss Whedon taking over the reins from Zack Snyder halfway through production, but overall both contributed a lot to the film.
A special mention should be made for the casting team, who really hit the nail on the head when it came to the rest of the characters. Ezra Miller’s Flash provided most comedic moments which had people laughing out loud in some places. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman was also a joy to see on screen. Some may recognise him from Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo, but his strong performance as the King of Atlantis was very notable.
One possible thing that Justice League failed at was coming up with a genuine and convincing villain. It was the traditional ‘taking over the world’ type of thing that many would roll their eyes at.
The big talking point about Justice League, however – beware of spoilers ahead – was if and how Superman would be returning. Spoiler alert – he does return, and the film does well on making sure it didn’t have a flimsy excuse as to how he does. Despite much of the film taking place with only five members of the League, the team feels complete with Superman, with each character able to develop and connect with the audience.
But let’s talk about THAT post-credit scene. Marvel, who are known for their post-credit scenes, can often be criticised for their lack of content when it comes to it. Thor: Ragnarok, for example, featured an unfunny, unrelated scene with a minor character. But Justice League certainly manages to pull it out of the bag. Featuring cameos from Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) the seeds have been well and truly planted for the upcoming solo Batman film.
Despite DC’s stuttering start, Justice League proves to be a turning point, with the future looking very bright, or from some perspectives, dark, judging by what has been teased.