1. Another boring CGI villain.
I understand that DC are scared of using Batman’s villains because they don’t want to seem like a one-trick pony, but surely they have a better villain to kickstart the Justice League movies?
Steppenwolf has no interesting personality traits or features. He’s not even very powerful or scary; regularly finding himself too frightened to fight the superheroes, spending the whole film retreating.
DC could have at least made him seem more frightening, maybe using horror elements to make his presence daunting and intense.
2. Rushed Storyline
Justice League feels like two films weirdly stitched together; one really boring lead up to the Justice League being formed, and a second film where they actually fight the bad guy.
Even the introduction is rushed. We never learn how Batman discovered the aliens to begin with, we’re just shown him already aware of their existence and hunting them on earth.
Each character is rushed onto the screen (with the exception of Aquaman), and as a result we never have an emotional connection to any of them. It’s almost as if each of the new heroes were meant to have their own films before Justice League was released.
3. Trying to imitate Marvel
DC has always been criticised for being dark and humourless, whereas Marvel is often praised for its comedic moments. DC decided to chuck some comedy into this movie as a result. Unfortunately, forcing comedy into an otherwise dark and dystopian world is not an easy task.
The majority of Justice League’s attempts at humour fall flat, resulting in cringeworthy performances throughout the film.
Flash is a pathetic attempt at recreating Spiderman’s “goofy-but-cool” character, and the comedic scenes featuring Batman play out like a shit imitation of College Humour’s Batman skits.
In one of the final scenes, a couple of superheroes make a friendly competition to see who can save the most civilians – this is literally happening as the other heroes are almost being axed to death, and the civilians’ homes are destroyed. They are minutes away from the world ending, their friends are being dismembered by Steppenwolf, and they’re cracking jokes about how lazy one another is; it’s absurd.
The only serviceable comedic scenes all feature Aquaman. His outsider’s perspective on the film’s events are often laughable, very similar humour to Drax The Destroyer from Guardians Of The Galaxy.
4. Awful CGI
Several scenes (usually during fights or looking out onto surreal landscapes) feature heavy CGI. The landscapes look okay, but the human characters look awful; comparable to an early PS3 game cutscene. Their movements are inhuman, their whole body looking like it’s made of elastic.
This results in fights being cartoony, and not as impactful as Batman V Superman’s fight scene.
Bonus points here for the overuse of slow motion: Justice League looks like it was filmed by someone who has just discovered the “slo-mo” button on their iPhone camera.
In previous films we saw both Clarke Kent and Superman, which helped make him seem more relatable. Nowadays, he’s just Superman, a really dull hero whose defining feature is being a nice bloke.
Superman’s resurrection feels far too quick. The impact of his death has barely affected the DC universe, and it would have been more interesting to see how the Justice League copes without their most powerful member.
They should have failed at resurrecting him, forcing them to awkwardly put him back in his grave, then adding a final credits scene with him emerging from his grave disorientated and in shock. Massively clichéd, but would make the upcoming movies much more enticing to see how Superman actually returns.