Justice League first reactions: “better than expected, but not a home run”

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I don’t think we’ve written about any movie as much this year as Justice League… and for good reason. While Wonder Woman was an unexpected step to correct the previous criticisms of Warner Bros.’s DC Comics Extended Universe, it’s Justice League that will be the true testament of whether or not the DCEU has indeed course corrected.

Of course, Justice League had an especially rocky road getting here. After reported reactionary changes to the movie to move away from the grim tone of previous offerings, in particular Batman v Superman, the film suffered its biggest shake-up when director Zack Snyder was forced to exit the production due to a personal tragedy. Avengers director Joss Whedon was tagged in in his place, but would their two very different filmmaking styles blend?

Well, we got our first idea of that this weekend past, as the film’s social media embargo lifted on Friday allowing the first online reactions to hit the net. And according to most, Justice League has its issues, especially around a bit of a clunky narrative that’s more than likely the result of the film’s patchwork production as well it’s stripped down running time leading to a lack of development. However, when it comes to the film’s action beats and fun character work, the two respective aspects that Snyder and Whedon excel at individually, Justice League apparently delivers. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller’s Flash and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman appear to be the highlights while people don’t seem to care for Ray Fisher’s Cyborg (no surprise there) and Ciaran Hinds fully CG villain Steppenwolf. Check out the reactions below.

Justice League also stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon. It is scheduled for release this coming Friday, 17 November.

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Last Updated: November 13, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Original Heretic

    In other words, pretty much what we expected, but not what we hoped.

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      Pretty much what we deserve, but not what we need right now.

      • Original Heretic

        NAY! We’ve deserve a good JL movie after all the years we’ve had to wait for it!

        • Hammersteyn

          We do, they’re all animated though.

          • Original Heretic

            JL DARK for the WIIIIIN!

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            The animated movies are best!

    • miaau

      Sounds like the first time you have, um, yeah..

      “pretty much what we expected,” ok, not much there.

      I will get my coat.

      • Original Heretic

        First times are awesome.
        Nerve wracking as hell, but awesome, nevertheless.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    So it’s a dumb action movie with comic book characters. Yay, it’s been Marvel’d.

    • Hammersteyn

      Marvelous?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Will rather go watch Transformers again. At least they don’t pretend to be anything more than good guys klapping bad guys with explosions.

        • Hammersteyn

          Is that what happens? I couldn’t discern anything other than explosions, product placement, american flags and a kid explaining why it’s legal to have sex with a minor for 10 minutes.

          • Skyblue

            The Spacey Defense

          • Hammersteyn

            XD LOL!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Bestest!

        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          People misunderstood the Transformers movies.

          They just wanted a hug.

          Also, the movies were about giant robots fighting each other. They stuck to their guns. Ahem.

    • MonsterCheddar

      So cynical in your old age.

    • miaau

      It has Batman in, right?

  • Hammersteyn

    Can’t wait for this anymore!

    • MonsterCheddar

      Me neither.

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    In other words: “We sold out to appease the snowflakes”

  • miaau

    “THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TEAM IS A LOT OF FUN”

    Is that not the point of these ensemble super hero movies? Like Hulk punching Thor randomly near the end of the first Avengers movie.

    Story helps a lot, but if the heroes do not seem to play nice together….. Glad they do. Makes me want to watch this, not at the cinema. Not a star Wars movie

  • Kapitan Balalaika

    So it’s a 7/10. Good enough for me to get hyped.

  • Matthew Holliday

    Sounds like alot of media fluff, so I’ll take that with a pinch of salt.
    Also, the one that mentioned people complaining the movies were too dark, who complained? the dark stuff has always been the one thing they had going for them.

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