By Travis Trombley
The next major DC installment following Wonder Woman’s massive success, helmed by Zack Snyder and - after a 4th quarter swap - Joss Whedon, Justice League makes for a passable blockbuster, though not particularly memorable or compelling one in regards to either narrative or cinematography.
But you probably guessed that already, so we’ll get to the point of the question in the back of everyone's minds: no, it’s not better than the Avengers. And honestly, the reason for its loss to a film five years its elder is, sadly, a common complaint against DC: Superman.
Justice League can be split into three acts: establishment of Steppenwolf as a threat and assembly of the team, initial confrontation with Steppenwolf and realization of the team’s insufficiency (which results in the resurrection of Superman), and the obligatory final act of assaulting Steppenwolf's hideout to save the world. Unfortunately, a disconnect between acts one and three causes an issue.
The film kicks off with some images of a post-Superman world. A world in mourning and in turmoil. You know, kind of like the real world...and the world before Superman… Immediately there’s a sense that the film overestimates the weight of Superman in this cinematic universe - one and a half films were not enough to really establish his effect. But, okay, the world is worse off without Superman providing a symbol of hope. It needs a superhero. Or maybe a team of them…