Justice League: A Review
by Gus Fuentes
“Justice League,” the latest work by director Zack Snyder, is much more light hearted, humorous, and arguably much better than his last movie. However, the bar was set very low by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Much of the criticism of Snyder’s stylistic choices in “Batman v. Superman” came from the lack of humor, as well as dark and cluttered scenes. While Snyder noticeably took and and tried to correct much of that criticism, the movie still lacked the visual appeal of its Marvel counterparts. The request for a less dark, less cluttered, less boring film was originally a surmountable feat for Snyder, until his daughter passed away in the middle of shooting for the movie. As one would expect, that threw Snyder into a depression and the movie took an aesthetically darker turn which was the opposite of what fans wanted from this franchise.
One of the most redeeming qualities is the introduction of the many new faces and the further character development of the more established heros. Snyder chose to use the first 45 minutes of the movie to get the new viewers caught up with everything that happened in the last movie and what has happened since “Batman v. Superman,” which was a bit overwhelming. Snyder attempts to introduce and reintroduce five characters, and establish a villain all at the same time. The way this was achieved was by giving each of the League members three short intro clips at the beginning. A lot of the humor was used during these scenes and viewers got to see the heroes quirks; which humanized them a bit. These clips were included to accommodate for the amount of people that did not watch “Batman v. Superman” but, due to an anticipated growth in viewership, only saw “Justice League.”
Historically, DC movies have not done as well as Marvel movies in theaters, and this was no exception. It is the difference between hoping you get a movie that's worth your money and knowing you are going to save the movie ticket. Snyder corrected many of the critiques from his last movie, but it still wasn’t enough. At some points, the film was frankly hard to watch because of the murky, cluttered scenes. Aside from the lack of visual appeal, the writing for the movie could have been much better. Some of the scenes were predictable down to the dialog. Who could not have guessed that Superman was going to be angry and confused when he came back from the dead and Lois Lane was going to calm him down? The whole basis of the plot is the basic formula that every mediocre superhero movie follows. There is a monster. The monster wants something. The heroes cannot let the monster get the thing or else the world will end.
Through all this criticism coming from the public, it is obvious that there is room to improve for the next “Justice League” film, especially on Snyder’s end. The best thing for the franchise would be to find a new director with a different, lighter visual aesthetic.