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Joe’s Random Movie Review:  5 Things “Justice League” got right.

So far the films released by the DC cinematic universe are either a hit or miss. Fans either love them or they hate them. Probably the most poignant example so far of the series with an outcome like this was the film “Suicide Squad”. In spite of having the lowest box office income of any of the DC film so far, Justice league has a similar result as far as the fans are concerned. Bear in mind that this is still just an introduction story and so not all things the fans would like to see what happen within this film . In spite of how people felt about it, I personally feel that this film get some things right.



1. Character Arcs 

 One thing that Justice league did excellently, were the character arcs presented for the film’s particular storyline. It actually makes enough room in the storytelling for each character to have a short enough development to not make them or the film too dull. From Superman’s resurrection, Batman learning how to work with the team, Wonder Woman make yourself known to the world, Cyborg rediscovering his humanity, the Flash learn to interact with others, and Aquaman becoming less stubborn. Writing like this in the story with multiple heroes is not easy, but this film actually did it pretty well.

2. Further introductions to.the DC Universe.

Justice League, being an introduction story, further expands the DC Universe, bringing more familiar characters. Besides Jeremy Irons’ return as Alfred Pennyworth, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, another familiar face from the Batman mythology is J.K. Simmons’ first appearance as Commissioner Gordon as well as Joe Manganiello making a cameo appearance as Deathstroke.

3. The film’s length.

At just short of 2 hours long, Justice League is the shortest film in the DC Cinematic Universe so far. This creates a swiftness in plot that allows for both the characters and for the action to be entertaining, without being too overbearing. In short, in keeps the film from being boring.

4. No more Aquaman jokes.

Jason Momoa’s first official appearance as Aquaman has given the comic character a much needed revitalization. For years, Aquaman has been the butt of many comic jokes, but it’s not the case anymore. Great introduction to the character, and a good performance from Momoa. This leading into the Aquaman solo film coming soon.

5. Steppenwolf

 In choosing to have a not so well-known comic book villain as the primary villain for this movie. It actually aids in the further character development of this films multiple protagonists. What are the flaws of superhero films in the past is that if they have a villain who is very popular it can overshadow the hero, or even become more popular to a point . Much like Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in the infamous 2008 film “The Dark Knight.” One of the advantages of Steppenwolf as the main villain, is that we’re not interested in his backstory. We’re not interested in his character development, we’re only interested in his motivations and how he goes about them. This allows for a much easier flow of the storytelling.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Dark Knight” (2008)

The hidden truth about the Joker. (SPOILERS!)
The Joker throughout the film presents himself as an “agent of chaos” with no real plan. But if you watch the film presumably with his point of view. The strategy becomes a little clearer.

Through his terrorist acts, and his frequent manipulations of the mob. His acts of chaos were strategically planned out.

  • The way he holds the gun with Dent, the gun wouldn’t have fired. Even if Dent would’ve pulled the trigger, the Joker would’ve been safe.
  • Took advantage of the mob when Batman brought Lao back from China.
  • When the citizens of Gotham refuse to detonate the bomb on the ferry carrying the prisoners of Gotham, and the prisoners refuse to kill the citizens, the Joker conveniently has his own detonator to finish the job. He was planning to kill them all anyway.
  • Crushing the spirit of Gotham by showing them the darker side of Harvey Dent with his transformation into Two-Face.

    His plan was for chaos to consume Gotham just so he could usurp control over the criminals and the citizens. He had a plan, and it was power.

    You see, many people admire the Joker because he gave the appearance of someone who just didn’t care. Admiration because he’s a quote unquote “better class of criminal”.  From Alfred’s line, “Some men just want to watch the world burn”. But the truth is that Batman was a lot closer to the truth earlier in that scene when he says, “criminals aren’t that heard to figure out, we just have to find out what he’s after.”

    The truth is that the Joker isn’t the agent of chaos he presents to be. He’s not a better class of criminal. He’s not special. He is in the end, just another bad guy. Corrupt, greedy, and rotten to the core.

    Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Batman” (1989)

    In a flashback in the film, it reveals that Jack Napier (The Joker) was the one who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents when he was a kid. Anybody who’s read the comics knows it was actually a petty crook by the name of Joe Chill. While this could’ve been written in for the purposes of this movie, it could be a reference to a particular era in the Batman comics where he dreams his parents murders every night and envisions whatever villain he’s after.
    Meaning…. Batman may in fact be way more psychologically damaged than even he realizes.