Justice League Reviews: Read Critics' First Reactions
Based on reviews, Justice League may be better than many feared.
The first reviews to the upcoming Justice League are in! The social media embargo on the film expired Friday and, though full reviews won't be out until closer to release, critics have plenty of say about the film on Twitter.
The general consensus of critics seems to be that the film isn't perfect, by any means. However, it is a vast improvement over Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Following in the steps of Wonder Woman, critics say the film has found its humor and lightened up the tone from what's been seen thus far in the DC cinematic universe.
#JusticeLeague is good!— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) November 10, 2017
(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
GameSpot Universe's own Mike Rougeau saw the film and writes, "#JusticeLeague is good ... 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!"
IGN's Terri Schwartz echoes that sentiment, tweeting, "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." Legion of Leia's Jenna Busch says, "There are ton of things I'd change but it comes down to this: I had a blast."
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
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
What things could still use a little work, though? "It has story 'flaws' and a simple, CGI villain," Comic Book Now's Brandon Davis says. "Narratively it's a mess, the stakes don't work & the villain isn't great," Germain Lussier from Gizmodo writes. "HOWEVER, the heroes ARE great, it's funny, & there's some surprisingly effective character work."
Justice League is not a perfect movie. It has story "flaws" and a simple, CGI villain.— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) November 10, 2017
BUT, more importantly, it gets the heroes right. Every member of the League is fantastic and it's tough to choose a favorite.
It's a ton a fun, start to finish.
JUSTICE LEAGUE! It's okay. Narratively it's a mess, the stakes don't work & the villain isn't great. HOWEVER, the heroes ARE great, it's funny, & there's some surprisingly effective character work. I didn't love it, but there are enough good pieces to excite me for the future. pic.twitter.com/OY4ARJ5vDY— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 10, 2017
The fact that almost universally thus far critics find the film not only funny but filled with superheroes you want to cheer on is refreshing to hear after some of the previous DC movies. For many critics, it's giving them hope for the future of the franchise. As Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta writes, "The film sends the DCEU in a hopeful direction in line with where the brand should be headed."
Justice League is better than expected, but not a home run. The interaction between the team is a lot of fun. The film sends the DCEU in a hopeful direction in line with where the brand should be headed. Flash and Aquaman steal the show. Cyborg and villain are the weak links.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 10, 2017
Perhaps most interestingly, though, is the reaction to the movie's dual directors. While Zack Snyder was in charge of most of the film's production, Joss Whedon came on late in the game when Snyder needed to excuse himself for personal reasons. Given the two distinctly different creative styles of the directors, it was unknown how their visions would mess with the final product.
Surprisingly, it seems like the film has integrated the best from both directors. "It looks like a Snyder film but sounds & plays like a Whedon film," IGN's Jim Vejvoda tweets.
Thus far, it seems safe to say DC fans can be cautiously optimistic about what they will find in Justice League. For more, check out our full Justice League review. The movie hits theaters on November 17.
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