Movies on HBO: JUSTICE LEAGUE

Movies_JusticeLeagueHBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review JUSTICE LEAGUE but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to draw your attention to it. Quite frankly this editor was surprised no one was interested in taking on this movie from the DC Universe. As popular as the whole superhero thing is right now I thought someone would want to bash this movie, as many a critic has, or find some kernel of goodness within it, even if it was only the presence of Gal Gadot or some such angle. The whole DC pantheon seems a bit of a miss as opposed to what is happening over in the Marvel Universe. At any rate, he is a bit about the movie for those interested. Upon the death of Superman, a villain named Steppenwolf makes his movie to dominate Earth by obtaining devices called ‘Mother Boxes.’ Obtaining them alerts superheroes across the globe and they team up to take the villain down. He, naturally, has an army at his beck & call but, naturally, the heroes are able to revive Superman and together they beat Steppenwolf back. And so, they learn that “You Can’t Save the World Alone” and thus the combined efforts became the Justice League.

The main players, of course, are Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/ Kal-El/Superman; Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Princess Diana/Wonder Woman; Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash; Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg. Other recognizable supporting characters include Lois Lane played by Amy Adams (now, as of this writing, being seen on HBO in SHARP OBJECTS), Alfred Pennyworth, played by Jeremy Irons and J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon. The big baddie, Steppenwolf, is played by Ciaran Hinds (HBO’s ROME).  

JUSTICE LEAGUE cost $300 million but took in worldwide a total of $657.9 million. Reviews were hit and miss. While it received praise for its action sequences and performances (primarily Gadot and Miller) it took criticism for its writing, pacing and CGI.  Seems to me that Steppenwolf is not a big, iconic villain either, but I don’t follow superhero movies so what do I know? Here is what Rotten Tomatoes had to say:

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The best reviewer is you. JUSTICE LEAGUE debuted on Saturday, July 7 and now appears across HBO channels and its streaming sites.


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