Justice League

Justice League (Zack Snyder, 2017) 3/5

DC has an issue with hype versus reality. The hype surrounding this film was that it Justice_League_film_posterwould finally bring some fresh life to the franchise and ignite some enthusiasm with the help of some extra superheroes. The issue though, is that it all seems a tad undernourished. Think of this film as a Rubik’s Cube, at points it is all in sync, while at others it all seems to be flapping in the wind. Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman team together to defeat Steppenwolf, who thousands of years ago attempted to destroy Earth with the help of his army of Parademons and three Mother Boxes. However, he was defeated and, guess what, is back and is not a happy camper. Round two for Steppenwolf.

As a premise this is actually quite an exciting set up, however the actual story from that doesn’t really develop. Instead there is a lot, and I mean a lot, of time introducing the whole team. In turn, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg are given airtime and to have their piece of backstory highlighted. This plodded along a bit and slowed the pace considerably. What DC should have done was to hold fire on this film until we had the first film of each of these guys released. That way, we would have known all about them before they teamed up. As such, for a good hour (the film only runs for 120 mins in total) there seems to be a lot of filler that could have been done in a post-credit sequence. As such, what you have is a rushed experience in the second half that tries to tie everything up in a neat bow.

What is actually quite good here is the interaction between the team and the more light-hearted tone. There is good banter between everyone and this makes for enjoyable viewing (please take note for Suicide Squad 2, for the love of god!). As well as this, the fight sequences are well orchestrated, and the special effects is top notch. However, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Steppenwolf looks so unreal in this that it was slightly laughable and made you wonder if this was a glimpse into the new console game that they are developing. He was played by a really talented actor in Ciaran Hinds, but you wouldn’t of know it under all of that gloop.

Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller are the shining lights here as they offer much needed charisma to the overall bleak picture and give the team some uplift as opposed to the brooding testosterone of Ben Affleck, Jason Mamoa and Henry Cavill’s Superman (yes, he’s back!).

In sum, the Justice League is a nice addition to the DC canon, however it could have been a great one. There has been some missteps here, but it wasn’t a bad adventure to begin with. I guess the main problem – apart from Wonder Woman – is, will fans keep holding their breath for an excellent film for too much longer?

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017) 4/5

Never send a man to do a woman’s job. This should be DC Comics new mantrWonder_Woman_(2017_film)a when it comes to their own cinematic universe. I have to admit, I was sceptical after viewing the previous instalments of Batman V Superman (a little bit silly) and Suicide Squad (all over the place central). However, this is the most coherent addition to their canon yet and it deserves all of the praise.

Let’s start with the backstory. For a starters, what makes this more interesting is that we haven’t seen this character before (not recently, anyway). Gal Gadot inserts herself into the lead role and is so perfect in the role that is hurts.

Alan Heinberg’s script has something that other DC films have been lacking and that is humour. The whole tone is a lot lighter at times and this makes it an even more enjoyable experience. Lucy Davis is a treat as Etta Candy, the lovable secretary of Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor.

In sum, this is not only a film about female empowerment, but it is also a darn good superhero film that makes up for it’s lackluster predecessors. I hope and pray that this will be the beginning of something great for upcoming DC films and that there will be an increase in the number of blockbuster films with a female protagonist.