By Bradley Griffith
“Justice League” has finally arrived. DC Comics’ response to “The Avengers” has at long last hit theaters. Even though “Justice League” was released in theaters more than five years after its rival and despite the fact that it landed with a thud at both the box office and with many critics, “Justice League” is a good time at the movies.
The entire world is in mourning after the death of Superman (Henry Cavill) at the conclusion of “Batman v. Superman.” Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) knows that the worst is still yet to come. Batman wants to form a team of superheroes to fight the evil that he knows is around the corner. For once, Batman knows he can’t win this fight alone.
On the island of Themyscira the great Amazon warriors are protecting one of three mother boxes spread around the world. These boxes are pure energy and were distributed around the earth more than 5,000 years ago to keep them safe. With Superman’s death the way is clear for the return of an ancient evil by the name of Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciaran Hinds). He quickly steals the box from the Amazon warriors and is on the prowl for the other two boxes.
After the box is stolen from Themyscira, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) seeks out Batman to offer her help. Still, they need more firepower. Batman recruits Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller) to the team and does his best to bring Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) into the fold.
Wonder Woman is trying to track down Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) when he finds her instead. After an accident in a high-tech laboratory, Cyborg is mostly a machine but with the mind of a human and can do amazing things with technology.
The heroes band together in an attempt to stop Steppenwolf from destroying our world. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether the five superheroes are enough.
Forget everything else you have read or heard about “Justice League” and know this, above all “Justice League” is one heck of a good time at the movies. It provides action, adventure, humor, and many of your favorite superheroes. Even though it is over two hours in length, the time flies by as the action on the screen keeps your attention throughout.
The general theme of Marvel movies is that they are light-hearted and comical. DC movies trend more toward darkness and impending doom. “Justice League” (somewhat) bucks that trend. It’s still a dark movie, but not as dark as many other DC movies. Additionally, it’s the funniest DC movie yet, thanks mostly to Ezra Miller’s portrayal of The Flash and his naïve approach to fighting the Steppenwolf and his ridiculous flying minions.
All five of the main superheroes in “Justice League” receive equal screen time. Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash get their own mini origin stories and each of them are critical in facing Steppenwolf. Still, there’s no mistaking that Wonder Woman is the leader of the team as they all look to her for guidance and direction.
Aquaman is one of the more interesting characters in the film. Historically in the comic books and cartoons Aquaman is, for lack of a better term, lame. He wears bright green tights and a bright orange shirt with scales and is only helpful in the water. The filmmakers of “Justice League” decided Aquaman should be the exact opposite. They cast Jason Momoa, formerly of “Game of Thrones” and tried to make him as cool as possible. They succeeded as much as they could given the fact that virtually all of the movie takes place on land.
“Justice League” is a lot of fun. It’s much better than “Batman v. Superman” and better than I expected. For fans of superhero movies, “Justice League” is a must-see movie.
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Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.