Jus­tice League must bat­tle film crit­ics

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LON­DON — Sav­ing Me­trop­o­lis and Gotham City from the clutches of su­per-vil­lains might be enough pres­sure for the av­er­age caped crusader but the cast of the forthcoming Jus­tice League film also face an­other equally ter­ri­fy­ing foe: film crit­ics.

The film is the lat­est in­stall­ment from the DC comics sta­ble of su­per­heroes — a se­ries which, with the no­table ex­cep­tion of this sum­mer’s Won­der Woman, has met with a less than pos­i­tive crit­i­cal re­sponse and has failed to match the box of­fice of ri­val Marvel’s big­gest su­per­hero of­fer­ings.

The film fea­tures a host of ma­jor DC char­ac­ters and box-of­fice stars in­clud­ing Ben Af­fleck as Bat­man, Gal Gadot as Won­der Woman, Ja­son Mo­moa as Aqua­man and Ezra Miller as the Flash.

Gadot won both crit­i­cal plau­dits and box-of­fice suc­cess for Won­der Woman, which was di­rected by Patty Jenk­ins, and she is con­fi­dent that the ex­pe­ri­ence from that film helped her reprise the char­ac­ter in Jus­tice League.

“I had al­most no tran­si­tion from Won­der Woman be­cause I fin­ished Won­der Woman and the next day I went to set to start work­ing on Jus­tice League,” she told Reuters.

“I was al­ready in the char­ac­ter and I only had to serve the story and the con­text of ev­ery scene and just you know be there and serve the di­rec­tor’s vi­sion.”

Mo­moa was hope­ful for the film’s prospects, telling Reuters “I re­ally hope that the fans en­joy what Zack (Sny­der, the di­rec­tor) and I have done with Aqua­man.”

The film’s pre­de­ces­sor, 2016’s Bat­man Vs. Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice, grossed just over $870 mil­lion at the global box of­fice ac­cord­ing to film rev­enue Web site Box Of­fice Mojo, but re­ceived a 27% rat­ing on film re­view ag­gre­ga­tion site Rot­ten Toma­toes.

An­other re­cent en­try in the DC fran­chise, 2016’s Sui­cide Squad, opened to an equally poor crit­i­cal re­cep­tion, and took around $745 mil­lion at the global box of­fice.

While both to­tals are not in­sub­stan­tial, they are dwarfed by Marvel’s big hits — 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ul­tron, which took $1.5 bil­lion and $1.4 bil­lion re­spec­tively.

Au­di­ences in 2017, how­ever warmed to Won­der Woman, which grossed over $80 mil­lion more at the US box of­fice than Dawn of Jus­tice, as well at prov­ing a hit with crit­ics, gar­ner­ing a 92% Rot­ten Toma­toes score. —

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