Justice League (2017) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Zack Snyder (Joss Whedon Uncredited)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Warner Bros.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, 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.
Right up front let me get the obvious out of the way, YES, the CGI lip on Superman in this movie is truly awful and I know why it had to be done, I just don’t understand why it couldn’t have been done better. And also a YES on the fact that you can tell that two very different directors had a hold of this movie. Tones do seem to randomly change and it can be very noticeable. Still, if you are just looking for some fun there is still fun to be had at the time you spend watching Justice Leauge, which is still the very first live action movie we’ve gotten for the classic comic that gives us Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman all in the same live-action setting. We do tend to get a little more Marvel-ish this time around with the jokes, but that doesn’t take away from two very bright spots in the film. One being Gal Gadot who continues to kill it as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa who actually makes Aquaman cool, which takes it from me as a long time comic book nerd, that isn’t easy to do. We also have very good performances from everyone in my book. From Ben Affleck who keeps being a terrible underrated Batman to Ezra Miller who is a lot of fun as The Flash. I can see why some people have complaints when it comes to this movie but I can’t see why some insist that you can’t have a good time with it because you certainly can.
My biggest issue with the movie is the villain, Steppenwolf. Even if you drop that name to longtime DC fans they at first will think you are talking about the band that sings the song “Born to be Wild”. Of course he’s a pretty good foe for most of the film here before the other stuff happens to make him look like a chump, but I’m sure he was just intended as a stop off to a much bigger ordeal later on and I hope despite the negative feedback this one got that we still see that come to be. Sure, for this movie you’d have liked to have seen a better villain but at least they gave this one half-way better plot than they gave our villain in Suicide Squad. You can say this is a flawed film and by a lot of accounts, it is. I just don’t want you to think that there isn’t a lot of fun and entertaining stuff going on in this movie because there is. I was there opening weekend in the theater and I’m enjoying the beautiful movie on 4K now (which still doesn’t do the CGI lip any favors), it still entertains me and if you love comics and want that you’ll get it here. I do, however, still hope we eventually get a full on Director’s Cut so we can see Snyder’s original vision for the film.
– Road to Justice – Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut.
– Heart of Justice – Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.
– Technology of the Justice League – From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.
– Justice League: The New Heroes – Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.
– The Return of Superman – Bonus scenes not seen in theaters
– Steppenwolf the Conqueror – Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind’s ancient enemy and the Justice League’s greatest challenge.
– Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons – Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
– Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue -Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
– Scene Studies: Heroes Park – Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
– Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle – Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
– Suit Up: The Look of the League – Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC’s iconic heroes.
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