By Blake Brown
Superhero fans have waited all too long for the production of “Justice League,” but was it really worth the wait? The answer, not really. “Justice League” unfortunately did not live up to the hype surrounding the film. Many of the ideas are half-cooked and unsatisfying, and the action all seemed knitted together.
During production there was a swap in directors after original director Zach Snyder stepped away due to the loss of his daughter. Joss Whedon finished things up. Unfortunately, the director shift was evident in the final product.
It really is a shame that audiences had to wait so long for an absolute flop of a film. Justice League is clearly pieced together; throughout the film it is obvious that there are holes. Many of the plot ideas carry on unfinished and under developed. From the looks, this is a pilot of a series of films, however, it was unable to hit the ground running.
If you are the type of person that likes action, this movie has tons of it but the computer generated images (CGI) takes away from it completely. The creators of Justice League treated it like it was an assignment with a midnight due date that they began working on at 11:45 pm. The CGI is so imbalanced and overt that it looks like Cyborg’s face is literally going to fall off at any minute. In major fight scenes the graphics can be compared to that of a videogame, which unfortunately makes the scene ridiculously fantastical in an age where reality and media are twins. It just is not enough for such a wait, not to mention the awkward light that it paints its lead recruiter in.
Anyone that has an appreciation or mild obsession with Batman would feel like they are watching their hero bleed for the first time. Batman is absolutely misrepresented in Justice League, exposed for his lack of leadership and for the first time looks like one of us. Ok, maybe he has a lot more money but when standing next to his extraordinary comrades, Batman looks like a boy scout. Batman takes the sidekick role considering he is unfit to combat a fear-thriving world conqueror, Steppenwolf.
After a few Avengers movies, audiences are familiar with the all-star hero bid. As a result, satisfaction with all-star hero movies lays within its villain and Steppenwolf’s character was unworthy of the hype leading to the film. As the villain, he is nothing more than a basic end-of-the-world creature that is structurally damaged by CGI and downright unsatisfying. Overall, the guy lacks wow factor and excitement.
By the looks of it, there will be a second attempt at “Justice League.” Hopefully next time the producers ensure a polished project before releasing. It needs to be something that looks real, is fully developed and satisfies its audience. For now, “Justice League” does not live up to the hype and is a victim of an expired wow factor. Too little, too late.