After a rocky start with the likes of “Batman v Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” the DCEU is showing signs of improvement.
Despite all the reports on its troubled production, “Justice League,” the highly anticipated gathering of DC’s finest heroes does deliver as a big, colorful, and mostly successful smorgasbord of characters and action.
We pick up the action after the events of “BvS” with the world still reeling from the death of Superman and Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman attempting to assemble a team of unique individuals to combat a threat quickly approaching Earth. You know, that old chestnut.
Joining his crew is of course, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, who provides the movie’s comic relief, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone, a.k.a. Cyborg who looks likes what happened if Tony Stark had created the Terminator.
Just like the “Avengers,” it’s a who’s who of their respective comic book universes.
They come together to battle an evil alien known as Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) and his army of Parademons. Steppenwolf arrives on Earth looking for devices called mother boxes that will lead to the world’s destruction.
Hinds’ villain is perhaps the most underwhelming aspect of the film as there’s little to no character development or real motivation behind his actions.
Of course, there’s one JL member missing in much of the action. But when he makes his triumphant return, he packs a wallop, especially during the finale. Let’s just say he’s faster than a speeding bullet.
Director Zack Snyder, who had to step away from post-production work following the death of his daughter, still gets credit. Joss Whedon, of “Avengers” fame, stepped in to fill the loss, and his handiwork shows during the necessary reshoots.
The cast has terrific chemistry and camaraderie, and each one has his or her own moments during the film when they do get some great work, even if one or two actors feel rushed in some scenes.
It doesn’t hit the near-perfect heights of “Wonder Woman,” but thanks to some sensational action, great humor and an all-around, high-powered cast, “Justice League” should satisfy fans, hopefully improving DC Extended Universe’s track record.
One can only hope.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Hall is a syndicated columnist in South Georgia.