We preview Justice League
CERT 12A, 120 MINUTES, OPENS 17 NOVEMBER
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher Director: Zack Snyder
THE PLOT The $12billion earned at cinemas by the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe movies has sure concentrated the minds of rival comicbook film studio Dc/warners. And having teamed up its top two crimefighters with Wonder Woman in last year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it’s now time for DC to deliver the big one: Justice League. In the wake of Superman’s death, Earth faces a new threat in the form of 8ft-tall alien Steppenwolf. So, Batman overcomes his loner tendencies to assemble the Justice League, recruiting young student Barry Allen (aka The Flash), biomechanic-bodied Victor Stone (Cyborg) and Arthur Curry (Aquaman), who is heir to the underwater city of Atlantis. WHAT’S RIGHT/WRONG WITH IT? Justice League wasn’t available to view in time for our deadlines, and reviews were also embargoed until after our publication date – signs of nervousness at DC? The happy creative outcome for this summer’s Wonder Woman has boosted our optimism, but it’s Zack Snyder (the dull and critically panned Batman
V Superman) back in the director’s chair, so we’re not exactly expecting a fun ride.
VERDICT DC has a whole lot riding on the success of this film, including Justice League sequels, standalone spin-offs for The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, and more besides. Let’s hope they deliver the goods. Charles Gant