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.
Justice League follows on the heels of Wonder Woman, DC Entertainment’s most successful film yet. The female-led film smashed box office records and critical expectations with its fiery aesthetic and uncompromising vision. Justice League had big shoes to fill in light of Wonder Woman’s solo outing, and fans grew wary when news broke that Joss Whedon was stepping in to finish out the movie’s post-production.
“There’s little irony in the often-used-in-gambling term “all in” being the slogan for Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Justice League movie. The mega-budget super hero blockbuster film is, in some ways, a gamble. Should the movie fail, the studio’s biggest franchise is left floundering. Should it succeed, a number of doors are opened to properties hardcore fans have been begging for while others are warmly introduced to them,” Davis wrote in his review before adding:
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This new film has had a troubled passage. Its original director, Zack Snyder, had to step aside after a family tragedy and Joss Whedon took over, reportedly reshooting between 15 and 20% of the film, a segment which may or may not have included the ending. It’s an unhappy state of affairs that may account for the film’s tendency towards shapelessness. Or this may have been a function of the ensemble structure and an uncertain handling of Batman’s new, more respectable and collegial role within the League.
We are now a few months on from Superman’s awful fate and huge, sombre banners hang on public monuments all over the world, including Tower Bridge in London. People everywhere are thoroughly depressed and demoralised. Then it becomes very clear that a terrible new threat to Planet Earth is materialising: a grotesque force of evil and destruction in the form of Steppenwolf (played in digital motion capture by Ciarán Hinds).