The DCEU strikes back!
No sorry, this isn’t some clever lead into how the Justice League has become the saviour of DC films.
That very much still belongs to Wonder Woman.
It’s a joke about how quickly DC got this film ready for release; Probably something about how they needed to compete with Marvel. Sure, they say they aren’t. But with a market that is generating annual billion dollar films; If you’re not in it, you’re already losing. And with Wonder Woman finally cementing their entry as a bonafide contender, there was a sudden change in the air.
So much so, that the production of the Justice League film suddenly took a very different turn toward its release…
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists newfound ally Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to face an even greater threat.
Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy.
Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
The film is indicative of this sudden change in production.
With Director Zack Snyder taking leave from the film, Joss Whedon stepped in to finish it. And while it seemingly should have been a straight-and-easy run to the line from there, it appears that it wasn’t. When you compare the tone of the 2 films before Wonder Woman, you find a dreary, dark world that doesn’t want to remove itself from the narrative.
Yet in Diana’s, even in the darkest time there lay hope. And humour. Captivating action.
And love in all forms.
It became the antithesis of the former. And while the earlier films weren’t bad (I did love BvS as per this review), the dread of their world and existence appeared to taint the overall magic of their powered heroism.
Boy oh boy, are these hugely apparent.
From the opening scene through to the potato mash of a story, the cutting room floor is clearly littered with an excess of footage. Lack of any real connective tissue (thanks @jessej1977) between characters, plot and the overall universe has the film end up being its own kryptonite.
Ironically though, the film also produces some of the finest representations of the characters the big screen has seen.
Overzealous, flamboyant and incredibly funny, it’s nice to see these heroes having fun in the toil of their responsibility. Typecast and cliché, it’s a far cry from the depression of their former battles; This team coming together through self-preservation and banter, rather than ‘world ending terror’.
Snyder’s punchy visuals definitely float like a multitude of butterflies throughout, with Wonder Woman given just…hoo boy, a heck of an impressive introduction scene. Danny Elfman‘s classic sound returns with as much machismo as the male heroes, evidential in his ability to place The Batman Theme everywhere he can (it’s both appreciated and also very confusing). And Whedon winds himself through where he can, his humor and style so very different to his colleague.
Justice League may not reach the annals of the Billion Dollar Box Office just yet, but it has enough fun in it to try.
A messy film whose saving grace is a team of heroes having fun saving the world from something the world doesn't know they need saving from; JUSTICE LEAGUE is party banter bought to life by Zack Snyder and I'll have a drink to that.