Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE Is A Beautiful, Chaotic, Entertaining Mess
Few films have the kind of rocky origin story that Justice League has had. Its predecessor, the “surefire hit” Batman v Superman, was savaged by critics and audiences alike. The harshest responses of all came from the fanboy community, who reacted as if Zach Snyder had broken into their houses and destroyed all their memorabilia in front of them. Warner Bros., a studio that has become the poster child for overreacting, proceeded to butcher Suicide Squad in hopes of making it more audience friendly (they failed) and started trying to micromanage JL.
Things got worse last March when Snyder had to leave the project entirely due to the tragic suicide of his daughter - something that more than a few fanboys treated like poetic justice for making a comic book movie they didn't like. Snyder's replacement for the (extensive) reshoots and post-production couldn't have been more different from him; Avengers director Joss Whedon. It wasn't until the release of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman that the tide started to turn in Justice League's favor. WW was a terrific, optimistic film that somehow managed to balance the stylistic throughline of Snyder's films while avoiding the bleakness that made those films harder to enjoy. Now is the moment of truth. Now we all get to see for ourselves if a film whose genesis was this tumultuous can actually be any good.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's (Henry Cavill) selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), 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.