DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee praises Justice League for being a step in the right direction for the unofficially titled DCEU. Warner Bros. finally launched their DC Comics-based universe with Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 - a follow-up to his 2013 film, Man of Steel - and the studio continued expanding the newly-formed shared universe with David Ayer's Suicide Squad and Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman. While the latter film earned rave reviews (and is considered the highest-rated superhero film on Rotten Tomatoes), the former didn't show much promise for the DCEU.
The DCEU has been plagued with divisive movies that typically earn negative reviews from critics but have been mostly well received by general audiences (especially DC fans). The only film that has been universally acclaimed thus far is Wonder Woman, and that gave people hope for Justice League. Unfortunately, despite the movie earning praise from fans and being called fun and hopeful - and finally getting the characters "right" - Justice League still failed to break into "fresh" territory, and the film's projected opening weekend box office gross is suffering because of it. But, that doesn't mean the film isn't heading in the right direction.
In celebration of Justice League Day, DC's Jim Lee posted a video on Instagram of himself and his wife, Carla Michelle Lee, messing around at the Justice League world premiere in Los Angeles earlier this week. Lee also provided a review of the film in the video's caption, praising Henry Cavill's Superman and saying that the movie draws inspiration from several notable comic issues, such as the New 52's Justice League Origins story arc. The publisher ended by saying he believes Justice League is a "move in the right direction for the DCEU."
Happy #justiceleagueday! Here’s @joke2far_cml and I working out our action choreography. (Slight spoilers ahead...) Movie is a ton of fun and draws inspiration from a lot of different #dccomics. One of which is the #new52 #justiceleagueorigins storyline! @Henrycavill shines as Superman who smiles and radiates hope and heroism. Ezra Miller as the Flash is scene-stealingly hilarious and makes me want to see Flashpoint stat! Gal Gadot is amazing as one of the founders of the team as Wonder Woman and the scene involving her lasso and Aquaman is the very best. Still cracks me up every time. Like I said, a lot of fun for the whole family and a move in the right direction for the #dceu! Two scenes during the credits so stay til the very very end! Now off to Store number 3, the @bedrockcitycomics in Westheimer! 2:30-3:30pm! #localcomicshopday #houstonstrong
A common theme amongst the more positive reviews has been that Justice League provides the DCEU with a sort of rebirth - similar to that of DC's Rebirth comics - while avoiding rebooting the newly-formed film universe. Of course, everyone has their own reactions to seeing the movie, but the producers want people to be excited not only for Justice League 2 but also for the future of the DCEU as a whole, which means preparing for solo movies such as James Wan's Aquaman and Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2.
Although Justice League isn't a critical success, there's still hope that it could become commercially successful, for its performance will determine the DCEU's future slate, such as which solo movies should release first and which shouldn't release at all.
Source: Jim Lee/Instagram
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
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- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019