We haven’t been the biggest fan of the DCEU. Man of Steel and Batman v Superman were overwrought and contradictory. Beautiful to look at but frustrating to watch and listen to the words coming out of the actors’ mouths. So they were a lot like the Star Wars prequels to us.
However, we both enjoyed Justice League. It had some flaws, particularly the poor CGI with the main villain. However, the story was good if not very deep. Plus, it made the superheroes more human. I know this will upset a lot of people, but I honestly think the reason people seem to like Marvel more is not because of the superheroes but because Marvel makes them human. Watching gods can be boring unless they explore their human side. This is especially true for Superman. If he isn’t as human AND a son of Krypton, he has nothing stopping him from being a real god on earth. And if you have read the excellent Injustice comics, this might not be necessarily a good thing. As well as that comic and game series has done, I don’t think that would play well in the theaters. And let’s face it comic book fans, these movies are not made for us. They are not boutique films; they are made for people who only know about comics from going to the movies.
This might lead the works far from their source material, but it’s the reality of comic book movies. For the second time, DC has humanized them. They expertly did this will Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman. Zach Snyder (until I read something by him that says Justice League is not his vision, I’m giving him credit) doesn’t reach those heights but attempts to. They introduce three new characters successfully. The action is fantastic. I walked out with a smile on my face and want to see the movie again. Again, it does have flaws, but they did not spoil my enjoyment of the film.
However, the best moment of the film came when Wonder Woman was fighting. This was when Miss Nola Nerd Baby decided to kick hard enough for me to feel it for the first time. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple just grabbed my hand, and there she was acting like the Wonder Woman she will be.
For that, Justice League will always be one of my favorite movie experiences ever!