JUSTICE LEAGUE Review — More Flash and Wonder, Please

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JUSTICE LEAGUE Review — Dark with flashes of Wonder

by Lisa Johnson Mandell

Justice League ReviewDC Comics movies, especially those directed by Zack Snyder, have always been darker than their Marvel counterparts, so I wasn’t expecting the whimsy and humor of Thor or Ant Man. But Justice League starts out on an intriguing right foot, with Superman doing an odd interview with some unseen kids for their podcast.

But alas, from there it stumbles into darkness — in fact, some scenes are so muddy it’s hard to tell what’s happening on the screen. Justice League is not entirely without light, however — there are flashes of humor and wonder.

The self-conscious podcast recording was of course conducted before Superman died in Snyder’s pitch black Batman Vs Superman. This film opens with everyone, including Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and earth mom Martha Kent (Diane Lane) mourning his untimely death. Hope is in short supplyand criminals are rushing in to take advantage of the Man of Steel’s destruction.

So when a loosely drawn villain by the name of Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds) appears on the scene to tear the world asunder aided by three power emitting entities known as “Mother Boxes” and a horde of robotic wasp/men, Batman (Ben Affleck) takes it upon himself to round up a posse of superheroes to attempt to (what else?) save the world.

The dream team consists of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot–can’t get enough of her), Aquaman (Jason Momoa playing underwater frat boy), Cyborg (Ray Fisher, angst filled and out of control) and the Flash (Ezra Miller, thank Krypton for his levity). Jeremy Irons, as Alfred, also adds welcome sardonic humor.

If you pay attention to the cast roster, you’ll note that Henry Cavill is listed as playing Superman, but you’ll have to see for yourself whether or not his appearances go beyond flashbacks.

I’m sure that fanboys will be enthralled. There’s so much to process, blog and tweet about, it will keep the occupied for days. As for us neophytes, the conversation go something like this: “What was the thing with the guy and those boxes? Oh never mind…wasn’t Gal Gadot amazing even though she was preggers while making the film?

Rated PG-13

1 Hour 50 Minutes

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JUSTICE LEAGUE Review — More Flash and Wonder please

by Lisa Johnson Mandell

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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