Inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Batman) joins with Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) to face an even greater new enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans – Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash, to vanquish a powerful threat.
(2017) Color, Rated PG-13, 2016p with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos,
1.78:1 Aspect Ratio, 2 hours.
Starring: Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Jason Momoa
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Justice League is an attempt to clean up the cinematic mess of Batman vs. Superman which displeased a lot of fans. This new movie, introducing new movie characters from the DC superhero clan, is a much better film, but I think superhero movies are beginning to wear out their welcome.
The writers haven’t made this film as dark as Batman vs. Superman and it’s clear the script put an emphasis on a lighter tone. Batman has some funny and apt lines and I think the character of The Flash is in there mostly for his comedic timing. There are also a few blatant product placement highlights throughout. Since AT&T is trying to do a mega-merger with Warner Brothers, I was amused to see an AT&T logo pop up on every cell phone screen that appears in the movie.
The acting is pretty much standard superhero dialogue delivered a bit blandly and the plot meanders more than I would have liked, but the film is still an enjoyable 2 hours. There’s plenty of action and the characters have a bit more dimension and depth. I think that comes from Josh Whedon taking over the direction of the film when Zack Snyder had to leave for family issues. There were many re-shoots and I think that’s when the added depth and humor came in.
Seeing the film in 4K is a real delight. That’s mainly because of the HDR. I watched the movie on an LG OLED set with Dolby Vision and the movie looks terrific. Shots taken near sunset (a CGI sunset, no doubt) are spectacular. Details in the costumes and the faces of the actors look astonishing.
I listened to the Atmos track, (mixed to 7.1 since I haven’t put in overhead speakers yet), and the audio was strong, directional, with plenty of deep bass when the frequent chaos ensued.
The features are 1080p and appear on the included Blu-ray:
- The Return of Superman – deleted scenes
- Road to Justice – a 50m year history of the League in other media
- Heart of Justice – Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman
- Technology of the Justice League – interviews with production and set designers
- Justice League: The New Heroes – background of the new characters introduced
- Steppenwolf the Conqueror – The bad guy and interview with Ciarán Hinds
- Scene Studies – details on some of the epic scenes from Justice League
- Suit Up – Interview with costume designer
- Introductory Trailers