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.

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.

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