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Justice League Early Reactions: A Step in the Right Direction for DC

The social media embargo has lifted for Zack Snyder's Justice League, and the first batch of critic reactions have poured online. Warner Bros. officially launched the DC film universe (unofficially known as the DCEU) with Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 - a follow-up to the filmmaker's 2013 film, Man of Steel - and they continued to expand the newly-formed shared universe with David Ayer's Suicide Squad in 2016 and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman in 2017. And now, the next film on the docket is Justice League.

The highly-anticipated superhero team-up movie unites the world's finest heroes - Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), as well as Superman (Henry Cavill) - for the first time on the big screen in an ultimate showdown with the villainous Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) and his army of Parademons. The film continues the story that left off with Batman V Superman and focuses on the New Gods returning to Earth - after initially losing a war with Earth thousands of years prior - to recover their lost Mother Boxes.

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The first batch of social media reactions for Zack Snyder's Justice  League have emerged online. You can read the spoiler-free tweets below from various film critics:

so I saw Justice League a week and a half ago. it’s enjoyable and fun! people who thought Man of Steel and BvS were too much of a bummer (this very much includes myself) can feel relieved this is not like that at all.

— Albert Ching (@albertxii) November 10, 2017

The bad: #JusticeLeague rushes through a lot and its main story/lore and villain are rather stripped down and forgettable.

— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is solid entertainment despite some problems. They pulled off a strange alchemy that works better than it should. The story is lacking, but the League is great and it’s a blast to watch them in action together. Wonder Woman is clutch, obvi.

— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) November 10, 2017

Justice League is better than expected, but not a home run. The interaction between the team is a lot of fun. The film sends the DCEU in a hopeful direction in line with where the brand should be headed. Flash and Aquaman steal the show. Cyborg and villain are the weak links.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 10, 2017

Justice League is not a perfect movie. It has story "flaws" and a simple, CGI villain.

BUT, more importantly, it gets the heroes right. Every member of the League is fantastic and it's tough to choose a favorite.

It's a ton a fun, start to finish.

— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) November 10, 2017

I saw #JusticeLeague! Here’s what I thought. There are ton of things I’d change but it comes down to this: I had a blast! I got to see the team together and I had fun watching it. Ezra Miller steals the movie and #WonderWoman was perfect! pic.twitter.com/rgCI9fUuTs

— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is fine. It's more coherent & less idiosyncratic than Batman v Superman (which I loved, so make of that what you will), and tries very hard to lighten up on the gloom & doom of the DC universe. There are jokes and everything!

— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) November 10, 2017

#JusticeLeague is better than BvS and #SuicideSquad - it's lean, mean & packed w/ superhero action. I dug most of its lighter moments & I think it has one of the best action sequences ever in a DCEU movie. And of course Wonder Woman steals the show. pic.twitter.com/rW3UjpBUMk

— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) November 10, 2017

Justice League is the DC team up you've been waiting for. I had so much fun from beginning to end. The expansion of DC mythology will make fans go nuts. Superman though!

— Nate Brail (@NateBrail) November 10, 2017

It's no secret that the Justice League movie suffered its fair share of negative press going into its release. The film marks the fourth DC Comics movie from director Zack Snyder, and considering that his last two movies were decidedly divisive amongst audiences and critics alike, it's understandable that Justice League would be as well. What's more, the fact that Snyder chose to exit the film following a personal tragedy earlier this year, with former Avengers director Joss Whedon boarding the project to oversee reshoots and post-production, the narrative only further declined as time went on, especially since word of how "extensive" and expensive the reshoots were becoming (due to the cast's scheduling conflicts).

Now that the first round of reactions are online, the next thing is seeing how the reviews fare and how well the movie performs at the worldwide box office. However, judging by past releases, Justice League shouldn't have a problem raking in a hefty sum globally. Still, the critical and commercial success of Justice League will reportedly determine the future of the DC film universe, not just its sequel.

MORE: What the Justice League Reshoots Did & Didn't Change

Source: Various (see links)

Key Release Dates
  • Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
  • Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
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