With Hollywood seemingly addicted to the Marvel Universe right now, Justice sees the latest offering from their rivals at DC Comics. It is intended to be the 5th movie in the DC Extended Universe series following on from Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman.
The plot of Justice League sees Ben Affleck’s Batman join forces with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman to take on an even greater enemy. They search the world and recruit a team of meta-humans comprising Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. Together they are the Justice League and they must face off against the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf, the herald and second in command to alien warlord Darkseid, and his army of Parademons who are on the hunt for three Mother Boxes on Earth.
With reactions to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad being mixed among both critics and fans, there is much riding on this movie. It is reported that studio Warner Brothers are waiting to see how it does at the Box Office before pushing ahead with future DC Universe projects.
The public response from early screenings appears encouraging. After a 30-minute teaser was shown to fans in China recently, responses on social media included “A film worth waiting a person’s whole life for. So much better even than Wonder Woman”, “Marvel should be panicking. Cheering and applause everywhere”, and “Visually stunning, (the) theatre had to play the footage twice. (People are) crying”.
Certain Justice League seems to have got everything right. Director Zack Snyder has a good track record of blending light-hearted and humorous moments with kickass action sequences. And from trailers, it seems that Justice League has plenty of both. Ben Affleck seemed ill-suited to the role of Batman at first, but has grown into the role enormously and now seems made for it. He ably leads a stellar cast including Gal Gadot, whose superb turn in Wonder Woman has her lined up as a Hollywood star for years to come.
Justice League looks set to take cinema’s by storm over the festive period. And as someone who had reservations about all the previous movie in this franchise, Justice League is the first I really can’t wait to see.