Justice League Movie Parody Recruits the B Team

A new Funny Or Die parody video finds Batman reuniting a less than super team for his Justice League, including Barb Wire and Howard The Duck.

Howard the Duck

A shortage of quality superheroes finds Batman recruiting some lesser known heroes in a new Justice League parody. The long-awaited Justice League movie has finally arrived in cinemas, uniting Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman and Superman. While the movie certainly has its fans, it appears the film is not quite the slam dunk the studio was hoping for.

The film had the lowest-grossing domestic weekend of any DC universe outing so far, and currently holds a 39 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes; on that front, the rating was somewhat controversially withheld by the review aggregating site to hype its new Facebook show See It/Skip It. The negative reviews thus far have focused on the film's undercooked story, the awkward binding of Joss Whedon’s footage with Zack Snyder’s and the surprisingly substandard visual effects in certain sequences – especially with regards to Henry Cavill’s now infamous CGI erased mustache.

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Now a new parody video from Funny Or Die finds Bruce Wayne on a quest to unite heroes for the Justice League – heroes that probably wouldn’t be anybody's first choice. The video intercuts footage from Justice League with not-so-classic superhero movies like Barb Wire, Blankman, Steel and Howard The Duck, to create a unique crime-fighting team.

Howard the Duck

The video has fun poking at that awkward era in Hollywood when studios just couldn’t seem to figure out how to make superhero movies work. The studios behind these movies often didn’t understand the comics they were adapting and the film themselves were hampered by low budgets and poor screenplays. It wasn’t until adaptations like Blade and X-Men came along that studios started to see the value in making quality movies based on these properties, leading to the modern day explosion of comic book movies.

It will be interesting to see where DC take their Extended Universe in response to Justice League’s reception. While Wonder Woman was both a critical and commercial success, their other movies like Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice were met with very mixed reactions. It also appears that Ben Affleck may not stick around for the next solo Batman movie and The Flash solo movie Flashpoint may be used to give the whole universe a soft reboot. There are still plenty of promising upcoming DC movies, however - including Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2 and Gotham City Sirens - so there’s time for the studio to turn the slightly lukewarm response to Justice League around.

Next: Justice League Scores A B+ CinemaScore

Source: Funny Or Die

Key Release Dates
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
  • Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
  • Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
  • Cyborg (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020
  • Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020
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