I thought it was an OK movie, not bad… decent. But that is the problem. This is the Justice Leage… arguably the most famous superhero team consisting of some of the oldest and most recognizable comic book heroes ever… I mean aside from Cyborg these are all household names… I know people that hate comics and never read a comic book in their life, but they know who Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman are. A movie with them in it as the Justice League should not be “fine”.
I also don’t want to bring in Marvel as I am not a Marvel fanboy, but when you consider what they did with The Avengers and arguably less well known team (at least as far as public conciousness) at the time and a roster of less famous characters (Captian America was the only one who came close to having the mainstream recognition of anyone in the justice Leage save maybe Cyborg again) and it was a great movie that the masses loved… but a movie with Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman together was… not bad. Not bad is failing when you do a Justice League movie with the more or less classic roster.
There were a lot of mistakes made. Them doing a team movie full of characters who haven’t had their own solo films yet was a desperate rush to try and catch up to Marvel rather than the slow burn that made it work so well when Marvel did it. Yeah, we all know who these people are but why would the masses get excited that a Flash who is not the Flash people have been watching for years on TV is on the JLA without a solo movie? And why did Ben Afflec not get a solo Batman film? Are all Batman’s the same? Because by that logic Adam West and Christian Bale were interchangable.
Steppenwolf was a horrible choice as the villain. Sure it was meant to set up a future Darkseid appearance, but it was done horribly and such a C list villain for the first villain of a Justice League movie was baffling.
And as noted the behind the scenes problem made it suffer. I think Joss Wheedon could have done a good JLA movie if it was his movie, but bringing him in to “touch up” such a different style movie then his style didn’t work.
The movie had a lot of good points, but it was not what Justice Leage deserved and it basically ended up being the final showing of everything DC had been doing wrong. And the ticket sales showed that, the audience finally got sick of being disappointed and didn’t show up and the movie did not have good enough word of mouth to counter that. A Justice League movie should have been a slam dunk success at least at the box office. The fact they blew it so badly is just baffling. They seem to finally be getting it right, by once more realizing world building and tight continuity have never been their strongest suites, especially compared to Marvel and doing what they do best, telling good stories with iconic characters first and foremost.