ALEX SCHADRIE | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST
Editor’s Note: Some spoilers ahead.
First came the Avengers, then the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Suicide Squad, but now the Justice League finally get their chance to shine. Based on the superhero team of the same name, this fifth installment of the DC Extended Universe takes place after the events from “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In the wake of Superman’s death, five of Earth’s heroes must join together to face off against an invader from another planet. Besides some of the cast members from previous films like Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and Amy Adams, there are also several new faces such as Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and J. K. Simmons.
“Justice League” starts out with Batman (Ben Affleck) attempting to capture a creature called a Parademon, which killed itself before Batman could interrogate it. Realizing that a new threat is already on Earth, Batman decides to assemble a team of metahumans starting with Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Meanwhile on Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) and the Amazons investigates a strange cube called a Mother Box, when a portal opens up and an alien warrior named Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) enters with an army of Parademons flying behind him. Since she knew who Steppenwolf was, Hippolyta attempts to take the Mother Box and run away, but Steppenwolf is able to take it back and teleports away. Following the attack, Hippolyta decides to warn Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) by igniting an ancient signal.
Meanwhile, Batman is able to find Aquaman, but he swims away when Batman offers him a spot on the team. Upon returning to his base, Batman meets with Wonder Woman, who tells him about how Steppenwolf already tried to invade Earth many years ago, but was defeated thanks to the combined strength of the humans, the Amazons, and the Atlanteans. Realizing that a war is coming, Batman races off to recruit The Flash (Ezra Miller), while Wonder Woman attempts to locate Cyborg (Ray Fisher). While Batman is successful, Wonder Woman is unable to find Cyborg until he contacts her.
Once he agrees to meet with her, Wonder Woman attempts to recruit Cyborg, but he refuses and flies off. At this time, Steppenwolf locates a second Mother Box in Atlantis and manages to escape with it, despite the combined efforts of Aquaman and Mera (Amber Heard). Just as the Justice League are preparing for the war, they are summoned by Commissioner Gordon (J. K. Simmons), who tells them that they could find Steppenwolf in an abandoned facility near Gotham Harbor. During the meeting, Cyborg flies in and agrees to join after his father is kidnapped. Once the team arrives at Steppenwolf’s hideout, The Flash rescues all of the hostages, while the others keep Steppenwolf and his army busy.
Even though the Justice League is able to beat Steppenwolf, he starts to flood the facility just before he escapes. Just when it seems like they are trapped, Aquaman arrives in the nick of time and manages to divert the flood. After leaving the facility, Cyborg flies off and returns with the final Mother Box, which he hid after his father used it on him in order to save his life. Realizing that the Mother Box can be used to resurrect people, Batman devises a plan to put this power to good use. While not everyone agrees with Batman’s plan, they must make a tough decision in order to save the world.
Despite some of the mixed reviews that have been associated with this film, I personally thought that it was pretty good. Some of the things that I liked about this movie were that the plot line was pretty easy to follow and I loved how some of the characters like the Flash and Aquaman were portrayed in this film. I also liked how the movie was set in a lighter tone, which made me feel like I was watching a live action version of the “Justice League” cartoon that ran from 2001 to 2004. While there were a few slow moments throughout the film, this was still such an entertaining movie to watch that I recommend that people should go see it as soon as possible. By the way, people should make sure that they stay until the very end because there are two end credit scenes that were short, but worth waiting to see.