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:

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.

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