The Knightly Scroll


Matthew Demchak, Opinion Editor

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I’m going to be blunt: the DC Extended Universe is floundering. After the great Man of Steel, the disastrous Batman vs Superman movie, the negatively reviewed Suicide Squad, and the decent Wonder Woman Movie, they needed a miracle to stay afloat. So they tried to pull out all the stops in their latest movie, Justice League.

The result? Something that still underperforms to what I’m looking for.

Before I go on, let me just say that there are spoilers within this article. For those of you that prefer to watch the movie for yourselves, stop here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The movie takes place after the events of Batman vs Superman, where Superman (Henry Cavil) met his demise fighting Doomsday. With the last Kryptonian’s death, the villain Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) returns to Earth to find the three Motherboxes so he can remake Earth in the image of his home world. To stop him, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) must assemble a team consisting of himself, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), and Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to save the world.

So, yeah…let’s talk about this.

First, we have the team. You got a Wonder Woman that is still kind of hurt by the death of Steve Trevor in her solo movie earlier this year, a Cyborg that is mad at what his father did to him to save his life, a crazy Aquaman, a socially awkward Flash…and don’t forget a Batman that’s still played by Ben Affleck of all people.

Don’t get me wrong, these actors did a pretty decent job portraying the roles. It’s just that I find how these characters were represented in the movie…interesting.

So now we look at the plot.

A bunch of superheroes coming together to save the world. They can’t beat the big bad guy alone, so they resurrect Superman, the god of the DC universe, who initially has to go off to collect his thoughts, but still manages to show up at the last minute to kick the bad guy’s butt with ease. In other words, the other heroes were irrelevant in defeating Steppenwolf, as Superman pretty much did most of the work himself.

This is why I’ve always had a problem with DC stuff. A big bad guy shows up that the heroes can’t beat even by working together, so then Superman steps up and defeats him single handedly. It’s like the other heroes don’t matter whatsoever. The only one that matters is the big invincible alien that can only be hurt by red sunlight and glowing green rocks.

There were, of course, a lot of Easter Eggs throughout the movie, including themes from DC 80s movies, big bad DC baddie Darkseid, and the Green Lantern Corp. There was also a casual use of the phrase “Doomsday Clock,” which may or may not be a reference to upcoming DC Comics event Doomsday Clock. Either way, DC fans will have a lot of fun finding every Easter Egg throughout the movie.

My takeaway from this movie is this: DC is trying to capitalize on the success of Marvel’s MCU by trying to copy them. This is a very big mistake. Heck, they’re not even copying them right in the first place! They didn’t wait for each Justice League member to show up for more than ten seconds in previous movies before putting them all together. No, they gave the Big Three (Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman) decent appearances so we could get to know these versions of the characters. But as for the others…sorry. We get to see you fight in this movie, kind of get to know what bad things you’ve gone through, and then see you fight again. Don’t worry though, you’ll get your own movies over the next few years so we get to know you better. Provided, of course, the DCEU is still around.

Overall, I’d have to give movie a 6.7/10, or D on the grading scale. While the battle sequences and acting was generally good, the plot was obvious, the villain incredibly weak, Superman acts as the overpowered hero that he is, and who could forget Ben Affleck as Batman?

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