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Justice League doesn’t do the comics justice

Hussain Khemani, Writer

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As a huge fan of both DC Comics and filmmaker Zack Snyder, I came into “Justice League” with high expectations. I heavily enjoyed “Man of Steel” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Cut” in terms of its story, cinematography, score, tone and its action scenes.

Justice League fails to live up to its predecessors as Warner Brothers pump out an extremely generic superhero film that fell short of my expectations.

The development of Justice League is a tale far more interesting than the film’s actual plot. The critical response from moviegoers to the theatrical cut of Batman v. Superman caused the studio to abandon their original thematic vision as Justice League is a far more light and comedic film than its predecessors.

Snyder’s departure from the film, due to a family tragedy, ended up making Joss Whedon step in to complete filming and it caused the film to have tonal dissonance.

Whedon, who took over in May 2017, fired the original composer for the film, Junkie XL, who scored Batman v. Superman and hired Danny Elfman.

Days after the film’s release, Elfman stated, “I got the call from Joss very last-second”. Elfman, a well-known composer, fails to make the Justice League soundtrack memorable.

The re-shoots even required CGI to cover Henry Cavill’s mustache (he was filming Mission Impossible 6 at the time which required him to have a mustache) also made headlines.

Finally, if you watch all the trailers for the film and then watch the film, you’ll realize a plethora of scenes have been cut.

The final product is an inconsistent Avengers-esque knockoff that fails to differentiate itself from generic superhero films and relies on cheap laughs to appease the audience members who were critical of Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman.

The story is extremely bare-bones and forced, although it starts out somewhat strong. The opening scene is beautiful as it crafts a bleak world after the death of Superman in Batman v. Superman. Following that, we get poor exposition that is meant to get our cast of heroes together as soon as possible while trying to get the audience to care for them.

Unfortunately, not enough time is dedicated to the new heroes. This results in Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman to be presented as gimmicky shallow characters to whom presented as gimmicky shallow characters which made it difficult to form a genuine connection with.”

This is quite unfortunate as that trio of characters truly has a rich mythos. This film just lazily throws them into the mix.

I was surprised at how bland the action sequences were when the League actually assembles. Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman had flaws, but those flaws were definitely not in their fight choreography.

The final confrontation between the team and the villain is completely unremarkable. I don’t really remember much of it other than how the League defeats him. It wasn’t a memorable fight which is truly a shame.

Superman fighting Zod in Man of Steel and Batman taking down the group of thugs in Batman v. Superman was well choreographed, entertaining, and memorable.

See the film for yourself and decide how you feel about it. I was extremely disappointed with Justice League. If you’re looking for a good Justice League story, it’s not here. I recommend sticking to the comics.

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