No, it’s another comic book movie.
Justice League marks the sixth and final major Marvel or DC live action comic book film that came out in 2017, in what was a very solid year for the genre.
Beginning very strongly with Logan, it was followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Woman Women, Spider-man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok, which were all were critical successes.
Unfortunately, it seems that JL will end the strong year on a down note.
The fourth in the DC Expanded Universe (DCEU) movies, following Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and WW, it might be the second best of the bunch, which isn’t saying a whole lot.
It begins with the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), who died at the end of the last film, emotionally hanging over the rest of the world.
Despite the fact that he was responsible for the greatest act of terrorism known to man in his fight with General Zod in MoS, without the last son of Krypton earth is left in a vulnerable position.
And it doesn’t take too long before the movie’s villain Steppenwolf begins to attack earth in search of the all-powerful Mother Boxes, guarded by the Amazons, the Atlanteans and humans.
Realising that Steppenwolf is near invincible without Superman to save them, Batman (Ben Affleck) begins to recruit earth’s mightiest heroes.
Having already met Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in the previous two films, this is the big screen debut for Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
When they are together as a team, just hanging out, that is probably the best part of the film.
It plays like the parts of the Avengers, and it really gives Aquaman and Flash a chance to shine, although at times Flash plays too much like he is a Marvel movie, and it feels disjointed, like his lines were brought over from a different film.
Aquaman is probably the breakout star of the film, and I even heard someone say that they loved him, but that may have been due to the fact that he was shirtless for a time more than anything else.
But even when he is clothed, the giant Mamoa is able to bring a lightness to the character, as well as a ferocity in battle.
Wonder Woman again stands out, but she has less to did in this one, while Batman is almost a totally useless character.
He is at his best when fighting villains like the Joker or the Riddler, people who test his mind and not so much his physical strength.
But it seems that all these movies want the world’s greatest detective is punch, punch, punch, making him fairly pointless in a fight against space demons.
And Cyborg isn’t really given anything to do because no one knew who he was before the movie came out.
Steppenwolf, the chief space demon, plays more like a B villain, and he makes a fairly interesting entrance that soon makes way for a generic baddie plot, one that just wants to destroy the world because blah, blah, you’ve seen it all before.
And that is the problem with JL, it plays like a rehash of something that has been seen before.
It plays the tired world-ending plot from nearly every superhero movie, it has a worse team-up dynamic than Avengers, and throws 100 jokes at the wall in the hope that some will stick (some do, to be honest).
You’ll probably like JL if you are an unabashed comic fan who has enjoyed the previous three movies in the series, or if you like to see Jason Mamoa with his shirt off.
But if you go in expecting the same marvel and wonder of the first Avengers, unfortunately you may have to settle for the bootleg version.