Justice League Reviewed on ZANI

Written by Gavin Sanctis
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Justice League, the fifth instalment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is an enjoyable, character-driven step in the right direction for the DCEU; bringing together a team of familiar, as well as lesser known, heroes for the first time to our cinematic screens.
Following on from the events of 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and this year’s Wonder Woman, we find Batman / Bruce Wayne (played by Ben Affleck) trying to hunt down and capture Parademons, (flying alien creatures from the planet Apokolips, first seen in Bruce’s nightmarish post-apocalyptic vision from Dawn of Justice) on the rooftops of Gotham City by dangling murderous criminals as bait for monstrous Parademons as they can smell Fear. With the aid of Bruce’s butler, security chief and trusted ally, Alfred Pennyworth (played by Jeremy Irons) Batman is able to see a pattern in the Parademons activities and decides that the time is right to form a team with other Metahumans.

The World is still in mourning following the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday. We see black Superman ‘S’ symbol banners around the world including London’s very own Tower Bridge and on news-stands with pictures of the late David Bowie and Prince with Superman in the middle and a tabloid caption above asking ‘Did they return to their planet?’ As a reactionary terrorist attack is taking place in the City of London, we see Wonder Woman / Diana Price (played by Gal Gabot) standing on the statue of Lady Justice outside the Old Bailey observing the city before stepping into action.

Meanwhile, Bruce is trying to make contact with the legendary Aquaman/ Arthur Curry (Played by Jason Momoa) in a remote European fishing village with the hope of recruiting him to the team. A threat on the foundations of the Amazon island of Themyscira by the villainous intergalactic supervillain, Steppenwolf (played by Ciarán Hinds) encourages the Amazonian queen, Hippolyta (Played by Connie Nielsen) to send an ancient warning signal to her daughter, Wonder Woman, about the imminent threat to the planet.

Unsuccessful with recruiting Aquaman, Bruce has more luck in recruiting The Flash / Barry Allen (played by Ezra Miller), a young university student who is very eager, friendly, wants to do the right thing and very much enjoys being part of a team of people with special abilities just like himself.

Rounding off the Justice League is the recruitment of Cyborg / Victor Stone (played by Ray Fisher) who was a brilliant student as well as a very promising college athlete who is believed to be dead after a fatal car accident killing his mother. Driven by grief and not wanting to lose his son, S.T.A.R. Labs scientist, Silas Stone saves his son by cybernetically reconstructing his body.

The chemistry between the heroes holds the film together, with a score using very recognizable and familiar notes by legendary composer Danny Elfman, Justice League most definitely sets the stage for the next wave of DCEU films. Be sure to stay until the end as there are two mid credit scenes.

Brave and the Bold #28 - First Appearance of the JLA.

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Gavin Sanctis

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