By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
The DC Extended Universe is still alive and kicking thanks to director Zack Snyder’s grandiose and long-awaited superhero mashup “Justice League.”
This wild adventure picks up after the events of last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Since the death of Superman/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill, “M:I 6-Mission Impossible”), the world has become a more dangerous and evil place.
One person can’t save it alone especially now that a medieval, tyrannical villain named Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds, TV’s “The Terror”) and his army of Parademons are searching for three glowing cubes--aka Mother Boxes--which will give him enormous powers.
Of course, that can’t happen which is why Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck, “Live by Night”) must quickly think of a way to stop him.
Batman’s plan involves his newfound colleague, Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (a scene-stealing Gal Gadot), the tight, blue-jeans wearing manly-man Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa, TV’s “Frontier”), a quirky, super-fast teen named Flash/Barry Allen (Ezra Miller, “Suicide Squad” and Cyborg/Victor Stone (Ray Fisher, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”), a former athlete involved in an accident and was rebuilt by his father, Silas (Joe Morton, TV’s “Empire”).
But even the Caped Crusader knows that his powerful team might not be enough to take down Steppenwolf. So, in surprising fashion, he resurrects Superman much to the delight of Lois Lane (Amy Adams, TV’s “Sharp Objects”) and his mother Martha Kent (Diane Lane, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House”).
This now sets the stage for the superheroes to get down and save humanity.
Although, the two hours long “Justice League” moves at breakneck speed--which at times is a good and bad thing—there’s never a dull moment thanks to screenwriters Joss Whedon (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and Chris Terri (“Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice).” They give each character moments to shine with some corny, yet funny bantering.
Rounding out the “Justice League” cast is Jeremy Irons as Alfred, (“Assassin’s Creed”), Connie Nielsen, Queen Hippolyta (“Wonder Woman”) and J.K. Simmons (“The Snowman”) as Commissioner Gordon.
As much as I was entertained by “Justice League,” I’m looking more forward to what comes next.
If you stick around for the movie’s two closing credits, you’ll be pleasantly surprised too.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member For the NAACP Image Awards.