Zack Snyder's Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League ★★★★★

I could say I've been 4 years for this, since that first trailer dropped, or 5 years, since the lights went up on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but really I've been waiting 18 years for this, ever since I wore out the tape of my Justice League animated series video wondering what it would be like to see the greatest superhero team in live action on the big screen. And while it wasn't on the big screen, it did not disappoint, the wizard has done it again.

Before I get into why this is one of the greatest superhero films ever made I have one or two minor complaints. My first is that Jared Leto returns to be the Joker and yet again it is one of the worst performances of all time. Does not detract from the movie as a whole but it bears repeating how embarrassing his Ace Ventura-esque Joker is. My other complaint is, while I understand the point of it for the overarching universe Snyder wanted to set up, Superman being dead for the first two acts of this movie does make me wish we could've got a Justice League where Superman is there the whole time, but I can forgive that.

Sticking on the same topic but moving to the positives, Superman's return in this movie was absolutely fantastic and the reincorporation of Zimmer's MoS score had me tearing up, enough to wipe the embarrassing CGI lip from my memory. On the whole, the entire cast gets their much deserved mulligan, Ray Fisher shows exactly why he was meant to be the heart and soul of this movie, Affleck, Momoa, and Gadot continue to rock and for what its worth, Ezra Miller is not insufferable here but I'm still not huge on this interpretation of Barry Allen. The biggest shock of this movie is that this version of Steppenwolf actually works, his presence is intimidating, his motivation makes sense, and Ciaran Hinds gives a genuinely good vocal performance.

In the end, it all comes down to Zack's vision. Someone who sees the best of what superhero movies could be working with his entire toolbox here, releasing his entirely unfiltered vision for us to see, I can only imagine how cathartic this must have been for him and I'm glad I can go back and rewatch it whenever I want. He's now responsible for four of my favorite films of all time and while I'm sad this is likely the end of the line for him with DC, I can't imagine a better note to go out on.

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