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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the Justice League Movie
Wonder Woman had numerous appearances in the Justice League movie. In fact, the director used her appearance in just about every movie scene. It was an intelligent decision to have Wonder Woman display her talents in the Justice League movie, even if sometimes all she did was pose on the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Hats off to Gal Gadot on her performance; however, unfortunately featuring Wonder Woman a lot was not enough to save the Justice League movie. To Wonder Woman's credit, all of her roles in the Justice League movie were performed almost to perfection, so she is not to blame for the Justice League failure as a superhero movie. As you watch the Justice League movie, you may think the movie is a mini-Wonder Woman movie. You get to see Wonder Woman doing some of her exciting movie stunts just as she did in her record breaking movie -- Wonder Woman. Of course, some of the stunts could have been done by stunt performers. During one fight in the movie, you will even hear the familiar music ensemble play when Wonder Woman breaks into her action scenes. Subconsciously, you may find yourself looking forward to seeing Gal Gadot appear as Wonder Woman throughout the movie.
In the movie Justice League, Wonder Woman was Batman’s right hand “woman” so to speak. As mentioned previously in my Justice League movie review, she appeared in just about every movie scene. Even her mother Hippolyta played by Connie Nielson had an impressive part. Her mother’s fighting style was stellar; however, it is far-fetched that she could send a flaming arrow from her island location in the sky to get the attention of her daughter, Wonder Woman -- who is now on earth. Just as the other characters, you will sometimes see Wonder Woman without her Wonder Woman outfit on. However, even though Wonder Woman was not wearing her costume in some of the scenes, she still exuded independence and power in Justice League by her presence. I must add the negative of the writer/director adding in the movie an island of males called Atlanteans which to me had no basis in this movie.
Ben Affleck as Batman in the Justice League Movie
It is obvious the leader of this alliance is Batman with Wonder Wonder second in command. The problem with Ben Affleck is sometimes he talked in a deep voice, and in others he talked normal. The director should have determined which voice Ben Affleck should use to add some sort of voice consistency in the movie. That being said, the writer gave him a line that was an insult to Wonder Wonder when Ben Affleck as Batman asked her if her boyfriend Steve Trevor told her to say a certain sentence. Later on in the movie he sort of apologized for saying what he did; however, the damage had already been done. Words can sometimes hurt, and it was plain to see that Wonder Woman did not take too kindly to his words -- especially when she was doing more than equal her part to fight the seemingly indestructible enemy. Who knows? Maybe the Justice League movie would have fared better if Wonder Woman was the leader. By the way, later in the movie, Batman insulted Aquaman because he used a pitchfork. Ben Affleck as Batman in the Justice League movie was given the leadership role, and he played his part adequately, except for the slip of the tongue when talking to Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Justice League
Not to throw shade on this character -- my problem with Aquaman is that he is supposedly the king of water and its inhabitants. I was confused as to why he was flying around with the other superheroes in scenes where there was no water involved. He had an action filled scene where he protected the team by shielding them against a huge embankment of water; however, other times he displayed super powers that did not involve water. A major fail in Aquaman’s part in the Justice League movie that I must point out in my Justice League movie review was when he helped Wonder Woman physically pull down the enemy with her lasso. It was actually strange to see someone holding on to Wonder Woman’s lasso with her -- like she was not strong enough to control her own lasso. The positive of having Aquaman in the Justice League movie is he is not a character you see often in superhero movies, so at least this character got some exposure.
Ray Fisher as Cyborg in Justice League Movie
Apparently Cyborg got his superpowers as well as robotic form from an accident. Initially, he is shown in the movie brooding about being different and even pretending to not be alive to others. In the zeal of showing his super powers which apparently include reading transparent documentation between his two metal-robotic hands, the writer/director neglected to show how people reacted in knowing that he is indeed alive. Of the superheroes, he and Aquaman were the ones I was not sure exactly what their powers were whether it was flying, having great strength, etc.
Ezra Miller as Flash in Justice League Movie
Flash was the comic relief of the movie, even though I must admit some of his jokes were sort of lame. You probably saw the movie preview where he recognizes the Batman symbol in the sky then sheepishly acts like he didn’t see it in the first place. I heard a few chuckles from the movie audience when he said a few lines, but for the most part he almost became annoying as you anticipate that whatever he says is supposed to be funny.
Henry Cavill as Superman in Justice League movie
You probably saw the preview where Superman is talking to his girlfriend Lois Lane in a corn field. Yes, by some strange magic that had to do with special blocks and Flash’s energy bolts, Superman is brought back to life. After he was brought back to life, you knew that in one of the action scenes you would see Superman appear. In the previous Justice League movie, Superman was demolished by Batman; however, according to Batman, Superman is needed to help save the world. The return of Superman should have been a separate story onto itself, and should have been shown in a completely different movie. To me, It was enough to have Wonder Woman, Batman, Cyborg and Aquaman as members on the Justice League team -- even though Aquaman probably could have been replaced with another superhero and Superman could have been left out.
In the Justice League movie, Lois Lane did not act surprised that the once deceased Superman is now alive. On the other hand, Superman’s mother did a good job of showing how she felt about having her son alive again when they met in the corn field. A Superman scene that was one of the highlights of the movie was when he was resurrected, he didn’t know who he was, so initially he lashed out and fought his team mates before finding out they were not his enemy. That being said, I think the Justice League team would have been just fine without Superman and Aquaman.
Assessment of Justice League Movie
I was ready to rank the Justice League movie high, similar to the movies I’ve reviewed recently such as Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok. I think the Justice League movie got off to a good action start, but there were repetition in the action scenes. In every scene, the Justice League members were fighting the same enemies. During the first fight, I thought the enemy was destroyed but he kept returning back for fights throughout the Justice League movie -- which grew tiresome after awhile. I would give Justice League a higher rating if some of the fight scenes did not look repetitious. I also think the intelligence of the audience was undermined when a rocket ship that was facing one direction, made a u-turn to travel in the opposite direction, I guess just because it looked like an eye-catching effect. My question would be why wouldn't the rocket ship be placed in the right direction to begin with. On a positive note, the fight scenes were choreographed well especially those featuring Wonder Woman, and it was interesting to see Batman use some of his gigantic machinery to fight the enemy.
That being said, my ranking of the Justice League movie would have been higher if there were one or two “big boss” fights in the movie against the enemy instead of many; if Ben Affleck did not speak the disparaging remark about Steve Trevor to Wonder Woman; if Aquaman would stay in the water environment he is supposed to have power over; if the “funny” lines by Flash were reduced or eliminated and most importantly, if the side story of Superman coming back to life was saved for another movie instead of incorporating it in the Justice League movie. In short -- DC movie studios should realize that sometimes less is more.
Rating of Justice League Movie
Based on a rating of 1 - 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rank the Justice League movie 3 stars.