Early Reviews Say Justice League is a Fun, Messy Adventure



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Early reviews for Justice League are streaming in, with critics and fans unanimously praising the film for its fun action sequences and interesting characters. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) get together to take on supervillain Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) while introducing us to new heroes Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

It’s been a tough ride for the DC team. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been dropping hit after hit with the Avengers film franchise, leaving the DC crew to play catch up with varying degrees of success. But the release of Wonder Woman earlier this year saw the DC Extended Universe finally grab some critical recognition.

That’s not to say previous films have been terrible. Suicide Squad, starring our very own Margo Robbie, was one of the highest grossing films of all time. And Batman V Superman has its fans, even if the film somewhat wasted Man of Steel villain and all around great actor Michael Shannon.

But a quick perusal of film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes shows that when it comes to both quantity and quality of films, DC still has a long way to go. Which is why there’s a definitely the feeling that Justice League needs to deliver, building on the momentum generated by Wonder Woman. The breakout role propelled Gal Gadot into the spotlight, and the DC team are more than happy to bring the Amazonian champion front and centre.

From the sounds of it, Justice League is actually shaping up a little similar to the just released Thor: Ragnarok. The third instalment in Marvel’s series starring Chris Hemsworth as the Norse God is a refreshing switch from the drab early films. Helmed by NZ director Taika Waititi, Ragnarok also been praised for a more light hearted, fun approach to comic book action. It currently enjoys a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fans of Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones) will be pleased to hear that his Aquaman character is grabbing particular attention, which bodes well for the Aquaman film coming out towards the end of 2018, directed by James Wan and filmed in Australia.

Eza Miller is also receiving plenty of praise as Barry Allen a.k.a The Flash. The Perks of Being a Wallflower star has big (red) boots to fill with plenty of fans, critics and even co-stars dismayed that Grant Gustin, who plays the TV version of the Flash, wasn’t considered for the role.

DC has a Flashpoint film in the works, so here’s hoping things keep working out for the up and coming actor.

Summer is heating up with plenty of superhero stuff on the horizon. Beyond Thor and Justice League, there’s Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman. While Netflix's much anticipated Punisher TV series starts up this week.


Justice League, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers, Wonder Woman, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice rated M

Punisher rated MA

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