Justice League is a flawed, but fun superhero epic.
At least, that’s according to the first reactions that are now beginning to flood the interwebs – expect the official review embargo to lift at 11:50 pm PST on Tuesday, November 14th – which hail the Zack Snyder ensemble piece as a “spectacular, action-packed” romp.
It’s not without its faults, though; some critics caution that Justice League‘s CGI isn’t up to snuff, while the story of five costumed crusaders – six, if we’re counting the Man of Steel – battling Steppenwolf is “lacking” in parts. It’s got heart, though, and Snyder and Co. have seemingly done a good enough job with the core characters that’ll you be asking for more once the screen fades to black. Also, make sure you hang around afterwards, as Collider’s Steven Weintraub was full of praise for an Aquaman post-credits scene.
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That’s not all that surprising, either; James Wan’s standalone pic will be the next film to join the ever-evolving DC Extended Universe, so it’s only fitting that Justice League leaves viewers with a taste of Arthur Curry (and Atlantis, perhaps?) in anticipation of Aquaman‘s release in 2018.
But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here’s a small sample of those reactions. All in all, it’s a mixed bag; for every review praising the team’s dynamic, you’ll find one that criticizes Justice League for its ham-fisted story.
— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) November 10, 2017
#JusticeLeague is solid entertainment despite some problems. They pulled off a strange alchemy that works better than it should. The story is lacking, but the League is great and it’s a blast to watch them in action together. Wonder Woman is clutch, obvi.
— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) November 10, 2017
Here it goes … #JusticeLeague is super thin and has some very weak CG but it’s got heart and a positive vibe that works. Overall, I had a pretty good time and am looking forward to seeing more of these characters.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) November 10, 2017
I am genuinely happy to report #JusticeLeague is a lot of fun. It's not perfect and has its problems, but does the job of making you care about these characters as a team by its end. It's also VERY funny, in lots of unexpected ways. pic.twitter.com/1AAjYgv16i
— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) November 10, 2017
#JusticeLeague is better than BvS and #SuicideSquad – it's lean, mean & packed w/ superhero action. I dug most of its lighter moments & I think it has one of the best action sequences ever in a DCEU movie. And of course Wonder Woman steals the show. pic.twitter.com/rW3UjpBUMk
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) November 10, 2017
I saw #JusticeLeague! Here’s what I thought. There are ton of things I’d change but it comes down to this: I had a blast! I got to see the team together and I had fun watching it. Ezra Miller steals the movie and #WonderWoman was perfect! pic.twitter.com/rgCI9fUuTs
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) November 10, 2017
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) November 10, 2017
#JusticeLeague is good!
(And I can finally talk about it!)
Wonder Woman is wonderful, Aquaman is surprisingly cool, Flash is hilarious, Batman is drunk, the story is coherent, and it's all surprisingly funny. It's not perfect, but really enjoyable!
Full review to come! pic.twitter.com/YzgSL4FBOP
— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) November 10, 2017
#JusticeLeague exceeded my expectations! JL was a BLAST! Don't go in thinking a Nolan lecture, it's an action popcorn movie (which felt like it should've been released during the Summer) and it was dope❗️The dork in me was ecstatic! Killed it! pic.twitter.com/WFUC1ADBGq
— Ken Pejoro (@Powerless_ness) November 10, 2017
So, there you have it; solid, but not spectacular reviews for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is a notable improvement on both Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad. It may not reach the dizzying heights of Wonder Woman ($821 million and the highest-rated superhero movie of all-time, according to Rotten Tomatoes), but DC fans can feel safe in the knowledge that Snyder (and Whedon!) have delivered on the film’s sky-high expectations.