WRITING MOVIE WRONGS BY: JIM WEST (www.moviewrongs.com)
Directed by Zack Snyder
Written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon
DC really wants to catch up to the Marvel Universe and tries so hard in this film that it reeks of desperation. Too much is thrown at the screen with little time to breathe or savour any of the moments. Quite frankly, it suffers badly as a result. I am still hopeful there is more to come, but to the folks controlling the future of the DC universe for film…read below carefully!
Here come the spoilers!
The film opens essentially right after the last debacle of Batman V. Superman left us reeling from the death of Superman. Yet it doesn’t take long for them to revive him and remind us how handsome Henry Cavill is. The cast of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Batman (Ben Affleck) are quickly assembled with only the Flash quickly joining the team (as he could use some friends). Ezra Miller is perhaps the best of the group and the portrayal is honestly what keeps this film moving along with the most human element as the rest are just there for some action scenes. Wonder Woman comes into battle with her wonder hair that never gets messy – must be a Wonder Woman superpower that the likes of Paul Mitchel wish they could clone! Batman becomes so desperate to revive Superman that it is just disheartening. As for the villain, Steppenwolf is forgettable and just a cookie cutter ‘want to take over the world’ generic villain. DC, take this note down very seriously: THE STORY IS ONLY AS GREAT AS THE VILLIAN. Period.
The enemies and plot can be directly paralleled to the Avengers movie, and that just shows the level of desperation here. DC, take a risk and allow a villain to last more than one film. Let the heroes lose! That would be a shock and innovative approach to your universe that Marvel, to this day, has NOT done. Let’s explore what it does for Justice League by taking out the two parts that ruin this film: First you do not resurrect Superman in THIS film, but rather delay that to the obvious sequel. Build tension with the team not quite working well together… yet. Let them get beaten by a villain’s powers not just his height (too many remarks about how big he is). Steppenwolf should have more back story inserted to reveal his reasons and what drives him to conquer. Without this motivation you cannot really feel anything in regard to him. He clearly isn’t scary at all to look at so you need to highlight motivations. Show this team has a long way to go before they can truly unite and fight against a super villain from another dimension.
This film should have been split into two parts. The first part is them trying to prevent the capture of the boxes. The film ends with them barely keeping the last box away from Steppenwolf and that would setup the resurrection of Superman in the sequel. You get to devote more screen time to the team and build upon their characters more to endear them to the viewers. By losing the final film’s battle with Steppenwolf and barely getting the last box away you then setup why Batman is desperate to resurrect Superman at all costs. That would make those moments better in a sequel rather than just crammed in this film as they sloppily did.
As a fan of both DC and Marvel characters I say this to both studios: MAKE VILLAINS GREAT AGAIN!
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