Justice league DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The Review
The cinematic world of DC comics has certainly been a rollercoaster. There have been some amazing triumphs such as Wonder Woman and the Dark Knight Trilogy from Christopher Nolan and then unfortunately there have been films that rally didn’t match the others such as pretty much any of the modern Superman films. That being said Henry Cavill has brought some brilliance back to the Character after some horrid performances from Dean Cain on Lois and Clark and Brandon Routh. (I am not going to start talking about these as I might end up crying).

Anyway, with Superman dying in Batman V Superman, the world is in dire need of hope and Batman hatches a plan to put a team together. Sounds like a familiar idea, doesn’t it? That being said the overall concept works pretty well here and the action and battle scenes are massive and worthy of a big screen viewing. There are some stunning locations including underwater in the world of Aquaman (Momoa) and then on the Island of Themyscira as the Amazons come under attack early on. I guess that is the main premise of the film. There is a bad dude and he has been waiting for his opportunity to do some bad stuff and then Superman dies.

So not wanting to be a spoiler that is as much of the story as I can be bothered sharing with you and I will say that the Baddie is okay but could be better and while DC is great and bringing the darker nature into the world of caped crusaders, we are starting to get used to more comedy in our superhero films.

I think that DC has done a great job of casting the characters and despite what we know of the DC world of Justice league, they have resisted the temptation to indulge too many heroes in this opening film. It was already a bit much the way they introduced us to these characters in Batman V Superman, but I guess that kind of got us a little more set up for this one and thanks to Marvel we now have the whole “Building the universe” thing going on in the background. Oh, and before I forget… if you go see it… make the most of your money and stay for the bonuses during and after the credits.

This is a film that could have been majorly derailed after Director Zack Snyder and his wife producer Deborah Snyder stepped down from finishing the film, after the suicide of Zack daughter in March 2017. They tried to remain on the film as a way to work through the difficulty, but decided after two months to step away from the project to spend time with their family. Joss Whedon, who had signed on for Batgirl, took over as director, managing additional scenes that need to be included in the final cut. Warner Bothers have stated that Joss will direct and write in the same style as Zack so there won't be any tonal shifts or obvious changes in style.

The Verdict
A solid and fun and somewhat emotional roller-coaster that demonstrates that DC can do good films with big action and an okay storyline. It sits somewhere below Wonder Woman but above Man of Steel in the scale of good DC films.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 14th March 2018
Rating: M - Contains violence
Duration: 120 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi, DC
Starring: Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa
Director: Zack Snyder (Man Of Steel, 300)

The Extras
In October 2007, George Miller had cast the Justice League completely, with D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Armie Hammer as Batman, model Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, rapper Common as Green Lantern/John Stewart, Adam Brody as the Flash/Barry Allen, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman/Arthur Curry, Hugh Keays-Byrne as the Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz) Tereasa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord. However, the film was shelved during production.

In the trailer, an episode of Rick and Morty (2013) can be seen playing in the background behind Bruce Wayne in Barry Allen's place.

This film is being released on the same day the animated series Justice League (2001) first aired sixteen years earlier.

When Gal Gadot was asked by a reporter about how she would get Wonder Woman's breasts from the comics, she answered, "Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I'd really go 'by the book,' it'd be problematic." Gadot practiced Kung Fu, Kick Boxing, sword fight, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Capoeira as part of her physical preparation for the role.