2017-11-29 / Arts and Entertainment

Irate Movies: DC strikes out big with ‘Justice League’

By JASON GUYER

- WARNER BROS. PICTURES- WARNER BROS. PICTURESWhy DC? Why?

Why must DC continue to make garbage films? Why do they keep doing the same things expecting different results?

This isn’t Justice League, this is Justice B-League-red.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince 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, Cyborg and the Flash — it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

That is the synopsis of “Justice League,” and it might just be the most exciting aspect of the entire film.

As a huge comic book and comic book film fan, I have never been so downright board by the portrayal of superheroes on screen. Not even by Ryan Reynold’s “Green Lantern.”

“Green Lantern,” even for how bad it was, was a multiple watch movie and trust me I thought it was as bad as it got for superhero movies. Until now that is.

“Justice League” is so bad that when the film was over I never want to see the movie again, ever.

Now, I have had this experience with other types of films but never with a comic book film.

I hated “Batman Vs Superman,” but I have also seen it at least 10 times. It is like they never listened to anyone and never learned from the failures of “Batman Vs Superman” because “Justice League” is worse.

I was initially intrigued to see “Justice League,” especially after Zach Snyder left and Joss Whedon was brought in. Whedon is a hero of mine and to be honest, after seeing “Justice League,” he should have been brought in sooner.

“Justice League” lacks in many places. One of its biggest shortcomings is the characters themselves and their lack of character. Enter Whedon, whose best writing ability is giving character to the characters that are apart of the stories he tells. It was too little too late for “Justice League” though.

Most of the characters fall short in the film, starting with Batman.

Batman is a terrible leader with his gruff indifference. It doesn’t play well for a character trying to convince a group to come together as heroes.

Aquaman’s judgmental stubbornness is off-putting for a character that I already disliked and disagreed with regarding the direction in which filmmakers took the character.

The Flash comes off as a tongue-tied, idiotic, and often bothersome version of speedy hero. Grant Gustin is far better at the whimsy and goofiness of Barry Allen. With Ezra Miller, it just comes off as annoying and awkward.

The bright spot in “Justice League” — and really all of the DC universe to date — is Gal Gadot. Again, Wonder Woman brings much needed stability to the DC Universe, leading me to my biggest problem with the film.

Wonder Woman should be the leader, She should be the center of the Justice League, not Batman. She is the strongest character in DC right now, she is the leader of the DC Universe and the most popular right now.

Wonder Woman should have been the driving force, especially in the absence of Superman. Superman’s death becomes all too irrelevant in “Justice League,” not only is his return underwhelming, it comes far too soon.

In my opinion, Superman should not have even been in “Justice League.” Wonder Woman should have turned into the leader and been given the reins to lead.

In turn, this leads to the return of the real Superman, not Zach Snyder’s Demigod version but the Truth, Justice, and American way version that Superman is and always should be. Glossing over Superman’s death, like they did in “Justice League,” you miss out on iconic comic book moments that you can never go back and do without an entire reboot.

Justice B-League-red is as fitting a name as I could come up with. “Justice League” is rife with difficulties, troubles, and is a complete mess. Throwing in the fact that it is completely boring and takes too long to even unite the characters and you have a film that is lacking.

“Justice League” lacks story.

“Justice League” lacks character.

“Justice League” does no justice.

IRATE SCORE: 1.5/5

Jason Guyer is an avid moviegoer and works in the Graphics Department at the Eagle Times. For questions or comments he can be emailed at guyerj@eagletimes.com

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