justiceleague

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

justiceleague4kbdStudio: Warner Home Video
Year: 2018
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Run time: 165 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD / 1 4K UHD BD
Region: A

DC is trying to expand its universe, like Avengers does for Marvel. They bring together a band of 6 heroes who were introduced with MoS, BvS and WW, to face a new foe (Steppenwolf) that requires a team of superpowered people to be defeated.

All the tools were present. Diverse heroes, backgrounds, powers, villains, but still it fails to deliver. Why? For several reasons. Each reason itself shouldn’t be a problem, but all together in one movie is too big a pill to swallow.

Batman is a hero that can carry the whole of DC on his back, but not in a team. Batman himself is the personification of anti-social disorder in something that should feel like a team of friends or colleages. It also doesn’t help that Ben Affleck seemed uninspired, as opposed to BvS. Wonder Woman has the advantage of mythology, but other than that, Gal Gadot (WW) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman) can’t act for sh*t. Not sure if this is because of their acting skills, or because of a flawed script, because their lines where at times cringeworthy. Not too mention the villain. The good voice work is overshadowed by nothingness. The villain feels unknown, uninspired and uneffective. He never feels like the ultimate villain that might bring the apocalypse. After WW and BvS they AGAIN took the risk of having a CGI villain. Sometimes it works, but apparently not in this movie. More background information in order to be able to relate or to understand might have helped.

This doesn’t mean the movie has nothing to offer, because there are several good parts. First of all, what the movies did right was offer a glimps of more to come. Hints of Steppenwolf, Apokalips and Darkseid instead of showing too much. I hope DC will show more of Darkseid, with a proper introduction. Superman himself was never more interesting than here. He was not introduced as the most powerful hero, but as powerful and potentially very dangerous man. His turn from confused to good was rushed, but that is not Henry Cavill’s fault. Cyborg’s background sounds like the most generic one, but Ray Fisher’s acting shows Cyborgs human conflicted side in a very robotic and alien body. Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill were the only ones in this movie who properly understand “less is more”. Flash was also a welcome addition. Although sometimes misplaced, his comedy was what was lacking in the previous movies and it was never too much, although sometimes a distraction. Every team needs a lighter note.
Movie Content: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

Colors are strong bringing the world of ‘Justice League’ to life. The color palette is also vibrant bringing out the comic book presentation of the film. Blacks are deep looking like the ink came right off the pages of a ‘Justice League’ comic book. The blacks are some of the best that I have seen on a high definition format. Details are also very good with some very accurate looking fleshtones. Yet again I was stunned with the sheer amount of details in this print from the faces to even some of the darker scenes. Dark scenes are well lighted with excellent depth where you never have a hard time viewing the ongoing action. There are hardly any issues for this print that I can even report.
Video Quality: 10/10

Audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 and Dolby Atmos mix. The audio is excellent receiving receives demo worthy praise. The score here in ‘Justice League’ is bombastic and even sounds better than any of the past DC released film on Blu-ray. Bass is just perfect with the score as it gives you that very unpredictable feeling. The soundfield is engaging at all times pulling me in making this a very atmospheric experience. The rears encompass nice directional movement from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is very clean and crisp through the center channel. This is a well balanced mix without having to adjust the volume to hear the dialogue.
Audio Quality: 10/10

Special Features

  • The Return of Superman [HD]
  • Road to Justice [HD]
  • Heart of Justice [HD]
  • Technology of the Justice League [HD]
  • Justice League: The New Heroes [HD]
  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror [HD]
  • Scene Studies [HD]
  • Suit Up: The Look of the League
  • Introductory Trailers

Special Features: 8/10

The Final Word

‘Justice League’ tells the story of the eponymous group of heroes, who join forces to battle the menace of Steppenwolf, “the end of worlds”, who has set his sights on Earth for the second time after having been exiled by Earth’s previous protectors now that Superman is gone and he feels he can’t be stopped.
Overall Rating: 8/10