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A New Beginning for DC Films?

Alexander Shores, Staff Writer and Assistant Editor

 

On November 17, 2017, Warner Bros.’  “Justice League,” a 300 million dollar budget film, hit the theaters. But despite the popularity of superhero movies, critics and viewers alike were uncertain if Warner Bros. could make an impressive DC movie after the poorly-made “Batman v. Superman.”

Considering DC is known for darker storylines, audiences expected a serious and dark tone from the film. However, “Justice League” seemed to take notes from the critiques of previous DC movies, and incorporated both action and humor, with the final product being a high quality superhero film.

The film starts off after “Batman v. Superman,” in a world where evil roams free. Crime rates are higher than ever, and Batman and Wonder Woman are the only heroes capable of protecting the world.

Amongst other criminals, a powerful supervillain known as Steppenwolf comes to conquer and recreate Earth, through three powerful weapons known as the Mother Boxes.

Batman and Wonder Woman realize that they cannot stop Steppenwolf alone, so they make valiant efforts to recruit Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman, who all exhibit unique abilities that can save the world. Despite all dangers that the world will inevitably face if Steppenwolf achieves his goal, Cyborg and Aquaman remain in the shadows, until there are no other options left but to fight alongside their fellow warriors.

While 92% of audience members on “Rotten Tomatoes” said they liked “Justice League,” many critics had contrasting opinions. A universal consensus can be made that “Justice League” has broken boundaries in terms of DC’s previous film reputation, although there is still room to improve in the future.

While Director Zack Snyder established clear influence from the original comics, Joss Whedon also contributed to the film through the obvious use of comic relief.

Actors Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, and Ezra Miller made stellar impressions on viewers, portraying their characters in a way that remained true to the original comics, but also added personal flair.

Although the new “Justice League” movie can be controversial when referencing the history of the DC franchise, the direction that DC ultimately decides to take can only truly be observed through the progression of their future films. “Justice League” is a groundbreaking film for the DC franchise, and has left a blueprint for future superhero movies to come.

 

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriters: Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio

Stars: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg

Running Time: 1 hr, 59 min

Genre: Action, Adventure, and Fantasy

Rated: PG-13 for Sci-Fi Action and Violence

 

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