A few months ago we heard that Joss Weadon was going to come on to Justice League. This was surprising news after the news that original director, Zack Snyder, had a family tragedy.
Not long after, we found out that, not only would Joss finish editing the film and direct the reshoots, but he would also write some new dialog and add new scenes to the film.
While we welcome Joss to the DC Universe, the differences in directing styles between him and Zack Snyder are distracting when you watch the film. It is obvious that there are two different directing styles that went into this movie.
Some scenes are dark and brooding and others are light and quippy. It’s like the film doesn’t know what it really wants to be.
I also noticed a lot of issues with the CGI. Cyborg didn’t look quite right, the villain Steppenwolf looked rubbery, and Superman’s upper lip looked almost cartoony.
A Nonstop Film
When the film starts, it never stops. Even with the changes in tone and color palette, you don’t have time to dwell on it as the movie propels you on to something else.
And that’s not a bad thing.
The quick pace distracts you from the flaws in directing and CGI, as it’s always trying to feed your more of the storyline and character development.
The characters themselves and their interactions are the true highlights of Justice League. Ray Fisher gave a performance as Cyborg that makes you wonder if he was more man or machine. And watching the Flash be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, all excited about being part of the league, was a thrill.
I did have a little bit of a problem with Wonder Woman and the Amazons in general. The costumes for these characters were more sexualized than they were in Wonder Woman. The Amazons are wearing a bit less armor than before, showing more of their midriffs, while they battle Steppenwolf.
It also seemed to me that, during one scene in particular, Diana’s outfit and the way it was shot was meant to focus on showing off her body rather than on the interaction she’s having with Cyborg.
I’m also pretty sure the skirt on her armor is shorter than it was in Wonder Woman.
Steppenwolf & Aquaman
Steppenwolf’s role was shallow. He really was only there to move along the plot and bring these characters together. And since this movie does character development so well, using Steppenwolf in this fashion doesn’t seem out of place.
Aquaman, played by Jason Mamoa, was a good mix of brooding badass and crazy surfer that I enjoyed. So much so that I am excited to see more with next year’s release of the Aquaman film.
While there are problems with Justice League, it mainly boils down to two issues. Its identity crisis of not knowing if it wants to be a light film or dark and brooding, combined with the CGI issues that distract you from the story.
Though the good characterization of the heroes and their interactions make this film enough fun that you don’t think about these issues at the moment of watching it.