So, I know that there’s been a lot of negativity surrounding the DCEU, but I’ve been enjoying the ride so far. My problems with it aside, Man of Steel was a decent start to this movie universe and I’m one of the (purportedly few) people who really loved Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Suicide Squad was a bit lackluster, but still a pretty fun action flick. Earlier this year we had Wonder Woman, which everyone seemed to love. Now we have Justice League. (Some Spoilers)
I know I’m a bit biased when it comes to DC, I just love those characters and the universe they occupy. The first thing I want to point out is that I don’t think this is a perfect movie. You can definitely tell that there’s content cut from the original script. Nothing that really ruins the overall plot of the film, but it’s still noticeable. The movie shifts tones a bit as well. Certain scenes feel more like Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon. Whedon oversaw the final cut for theatrical release, and it is obvious, but I don’t think this really hurt the movie. That said, I feel like it should have had more room to breath and the supposedly studio encouraged two hour run time was not quite enough. Despite these shortcomings, I still loved the movie. For the first time ever, we get to see all these iconic characters together on the big screen. The entire cast works well together. I really enjoyed Ezra Miller’s Flash and Jason Momoa did a solid job as Aquaman as well. I am definitely looking forward to their solo films. Ray Fisher was great as Cyborg. Reportedly they cut some of his scenes, I wish they hadn’t. Ben Affleck is my favorite movie Batman, especially after seeing him in this. He and Gal Gadot share some really cool scenes.
Now for the big one. Spoilers ahead.
Superman. Henry Cavill returns as The Man of Steel and this is, by far, my favorite performance of his. For once, I feel like he truly captured the warmth and heart of the character. Superman actually felt like Superman, and there are some great fan service scenes with The Flash. Ciarán Hinds did a competent job voicing the evil Steppenwolf, but the character is a bit forgettable. I have seen the movie twice now, and it was a childhood dream come true. We finally have a Justice League movie and I could not be happier about that. I am really interested in seeing a Director’s Cut, though. In fact, I might be more excited for that now. If you haven’t seen it yet and have been hesitant because of the reviews, don’t let that stop you. If you grew up with these characters like I did, I think you’ll find a lot to love in this movie.