Thankfully, the long awaited “Justice League” has arrived, and it’s better than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”(’16). But it’s not as good as this year’s “Wonder Woman,” even though Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) has a starring role in the film.
Following a familiar storyline that echoes Marvel’s “The Age of Ultron”(’15) and “The Avengers”(’12), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman scour the globe in search of other Super Friends to fight super-baddie Steppenwolf who commands an army of flying bug-like minions trying to take over the world. And like the Tesseract, the ancient Asgardian artifact in the Avengers movies, there are three cosmic cubes that Steppenwolf has to obtain, and merge together to gain absolute power to destroy the Earth and the rein of the Super Friends.
The action takes place in a world without Superman (Henry Cavill), who was killed in “Batman v Superman” nod, nod, wink, wink. So Batman and Wonder Woman go forth recruiting The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to form the Justice League. And like the Avengers, there is some assembly required, as there is infighting within the group. However, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, so Steppenwolf’s actions bring the team together.
“Justice League” feels too familiar down to the two after credit scenes, which are entertaining by the way, and sets up the next film. But then again, we’ve seen it all before, and the characters don’t jell as well the Marvel characters do. That’s not to say “Justice League” is not an enjoyable movie, you can see where they spent a lot of money on the special effects, and comic book fans will probably have a good time, but it doesn’t break any new ground. Sorry Super Friends, Marvel was there first.
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