Hot Take: Love the DC characters and we already know the DCEU can deliver a great film in Wonder Woman. So, why does anything tied to Zack Snyder have to have such a mediocre story? Better than Batman v Superman but that’s not saying much, is it?
I wasn’t the harshest critic of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but I’d never mistake it for a good movie. As the follow up to BvS, Justice League was in a bit of a quandary. It can’t distance itself from its predecessor or Man of Steel since Justice League is the third film in the de facto series (it’s never really packaged that way but with the way these Extended Universe films work, that’s how it is, right?) and they are all tied back to director Zack Snyder. Comparisons to BvS were inevitable and when the feel of Justice League was drastically different (it is!), all signs have pointed to reshoots from Joss Whedon who was brought in at the end of the project while Snyder tended to personal matters. While the official stance is that Whedon re-shot 15-20% of the film, those with a watchful eye have already chalked up almost all of Superman’s scenes (thanks to a really poor VFX effort to remove a mustache Henry Cavill had grown for Mission Impossible 6 in the re-shot scenes) which is at least 10% of the film right there) and other breakdowns of the re-shooting done by Whedon can be found on the Internet. The conflicting styles of Snyder and Whedon are evident in the film and it creates a tonal mess but it isn’t Justice League‘s biggest problem… that would be a rather pedestrian main story which feels way too small in retrospect for the formation of such a formidable team. Read More →