Justice League got a digital release last week on February 13, so therefore the good folks over at Screen Junkies have created a Honest Trailer featuring cinema's greatest squandered potential of 2017.
Justice League still sits at a surprisingly high score of 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, and continues to wow fans with just how much potential was actually squandered here. Zack Snyder, whether you like him or not, always creates great looking films, and after Batman v Superman, it seemed like he had a chance to course correct the rest of the DC cinematic universe. Once he bowed out of the project, due to a family tragedy, Joss Whedon then stepped forward as a shining beacon of hope for what could be the best possible scenario for Justice League. Unfortunately, that created months of problematic re-shoots to rework the overall tone of the film, which then created the now infamous "Moustachegate of 2017" that ended up ruining what could have been pretty great.
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The biggest take away from this Honest Trailer is just how disappointing this film was. After the widely criticized Suicide Squad and the mostly celebrated Wonder Woman, Justice League sits largely in the middle: "When the best comic book characters ever unite for a film that's just ok - you blew it! Again! How does this keep happening?" From the optimism of Joss Whedon taking over to the disappointing "priorities of Bret Ratner's production company" (over-sexualization of Wonder Woman), they seem to arrive at the same conclusion as everyone else: "Man, I wish they'd release the Snyder Cut. Man, I wish the Snyder Cut wasn't a made-up fanboy pipe dream."
The better moments of this trailer come from breaking down each of the members of the Justice League. We've got "Broseidon, King of the Brocean," "Cyborg, who's there" and "Spider-Man, who in this movie goes by The Flash." But also there's Wonder Woman who was once a "three dimensional hero, turned into girl hung up on her ex," and Batman, who wasn't even close to being as cool as he was in the last one. Finally, we have Superman, the real CGI monster of this film. There's also a great extended joke about all of the big plot points from BvS that were ignored, like "pretending Batman knew Clark Kent for more than 15 minutes," along with an even better extended joke about all the Justice League trailer footage left out of the film's theatrical cut.
As for Steppenwolf, the actual villain of the Justice League, Screen Junkies gets in a few well-earned jabs at him. For instance, this might be the first comic book movie villain who is every justifiably compared to Buster Bluth from Arrested Development. Also, it should not have been this hard for Joss Whedon to make a villain work. Maybe he didn't have much to work with from the beginning, but if you can make Loki the Trickster even slightly menacing, surely Steppenwolf should be a formidable villain.
Justice League, or "Warner Brother's Presents Joss Whedon's Zack Snyder's Justice League Part One of One", is available now digitally, and releases on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13.
Source: Screen Junkies
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