Does the DCEU have a hit on its hands?
The first reviews of Justice League have been published, and it seems that critics aren’t impressed with this latest DC outing.
The big screen debut of the DC Comics team is set for wide release on Friday (November 17), and sees Wonder Woman teaming up with Cyborg, The Flash, Batman and Aquaman to battle the might of Steppenwolf.
With the review embargo now lifted, movie critics have had their say on the new film – with a rather negative consensus being reached. Rotten Tomatoes’ previously embargoed score has also been accidentally leaked by movies app Flixster, with the score sitting at just 50%, as Digital Spy reports.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s review stated: “The increasingly turgid tales of Batman and Superman – joined, unfortunately for her, by Wonder Woman – trudge along to ever-diminishing returns in Justice League. Garishly unattractive to look at and lacking the spirit that made Wonder Woman, which came out five months ago, the most engaging of Warner Bros’ DC Comics-derived extravaganzas to date, this hodgepodge throws a bunch of superheroes into a mix that neither congeals nor particularly makes you want to see more of them in future.
“Plainly put, it’s simply not fun.”
Entertainment Weekly said that: “First, the good news. Justice League is better than its joylessly sombre dress rehearsal, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now the ‘but’… you knew there was a ‘but’ coming, right? But it also marks a pretty steep comedown from the giddy highs of Wonder Woman. [Justice League] is a placeholder in a franchise that’s already had too many placeholders.”
The Daily Telegraph‘s review declared: “The end result is a broken film, swimming in bad CGI and forgettable mayhem, that you can’t imagine any number of rewrites or reshoots could have saved. It can’t even decide how to start, and offers up no less than five introductory scenes, including Bruce Wayne pony-trekking in Iceland, Wonder Woman thwarting a terrorist attack in London, and yet another instance of that DC franchise staple, the slow-motion funeral.”
The Guardian wrote: “[There’s] something ponderous and cumbersome about Justice League; the great revelation is very laborious and solemn and the tiresome post-credits sting is a microcosm of the film’s disappointment. Some rough justice is needed with the casting of this franchise.”
Earlier this week, the first Twitter reactions to Justice League produced a mixed response to the new movie.
Paul Shirey wrote: “#JusticeLeague is a fun, bumpy ride that succeeds in character, but fails in narrative. It’s a mixed bag of execution that’s saved by the actors, who rise above the shortcomings to deliver an engaging, funny and hopeful, yet flawed, entry to the DCEU.”
Fandango‘s Erik Davis also singled out Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman for praise, and claimed that it was a vast improvement on both Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman.
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“#JusticeLeague is better than BvS and #SuicideSquad – it’s lean, mean & packed w/ superhero action”, he wrote.
“I dug most of its lighter moments & I think it has one of the best action sequences ever in a DCEU movie. And of course Wonder Woman steals the show.”
One of the film’s biggest fans came in the form of Jenna Busch, who claimed that she wouldn’t change a thing about it, despite acknowledging its flaws.
But among the faint praise, there was also some pretty tough criticism too.
Josh L.Dickey wrote: “Nothing could save JUSTICE LEAGUE from its loud, ugly, tacky self. Not Wonder Woman, not wide-eyed Ezra Miller, not Joss Whedon’s quippy teardown & rebuild.
“And Henry Cavill’s mustache is an actual issue; they gave him Uncanny Valley Face. Oof, guys. It’s a rough ride.”