Batman & Superman alone were enough to guarantee the success of a movie. It does add to the intrigue if the entire Justice League is part of the movie.
Marvel has been milking its Avengers series for a long time. It was natural for DC to follow suit. While Batman V Superman was panned by critics & fans, Wonder Woman was a huge hit.
The movie revolves around Steppenwolf, who with the help of parademons is out to conquer earth. He intends to do so, through the combined energies of three mother boxes. It is now up to the Justice League to try & stop him. The first hour is spent introducing all the characters. Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) make an appearance for the first time. Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) does a Tony Stark & tries to assemble a team of superheroes to fight Steppenwolf. This does sound & look formulaic, the writers could have come up with something new. Some superheroes readily accept, while some take their time. But predictably, all of them combine forces when it really matters. The movie does consist of a pleasant surprise in the second half, which will delight DC fanboys.
The acting by the cast is decent. Ben Affleck & Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) are good. Ezra Miller as Flash provides comic respite. His friendly rivalry with another superhero in the second half will make you smile. Jason Momoa & Ray Fisher are decent. Would like to watch their standalone films in the future. We did not get bored during the movie & neither will you. Director Zack Snyder must be credited for keeping us entertained.
While there were no glaring flaws, there was nothing special either. The movie follows a very similar trajectory as compared to Avenger series. It is very formulaic & cliched. We are die hard fans of Batman thanks to Christropher Nolan – Christian Bale’s Batman trilogy. Unfortunately, the Zack Synder – Ben Affleck combo is no match to their predecessors. You will not be in awe of the film.