Where Wonder Woman is a twit and the Justice League kills a lot of people.
That's my summary of the movie.
I'm usually quite forgiving of big dumb brainless comic book action movies. It's just I'm not quite as used to them being this dumb and this brainless. Justice League: War is a movie that can justifiably said to be little more than an excuse for its action sequences. Even Under the Red Hood, which was a movie that contained a great deal of action, managed to convey a lot more nuance and characterization than this mindless fluff.
Except, it's offensive mindless fluff.
The Justice League, Earth's REAL Mightiest Heroes, are gathered together to face forces which they cannot alone. To millions of children across the globe, and many more adults who were once children, they are paragons of moral virtue. Whether religious, patriotic, philosophical, or not--they helped us form our moral centers.
|The art is decent but that is, literally, the only saving grace.|
Justice League: War's heroes are some of the most negative incarnations of the franchise's heroes I've seen outside of Earth-3. They're arrogant, violent, rude, quick to anger, and jerks to one another. That's not even bringing the epic number of dismemberings, bisectings, and decapitations they do against Darkseid's Parademons. Back when I was a kid, they'd have the decency to make them robots.
Then there's how our heroes treat Darkseid. The heroes beat him within an inch of his life, blind him with metal objects, and brutalize him for twenty-minutes. Now, I'm no friend to the Lord of Apokolips but I question who is getting their money's worth by the Flash driving a crowbar into his eye. We also have Superman kill. Yes, it's under mind-control but it's a thinking (albeit evil) being.
Batman also threatens to slit a man's throat.
You might say I'm spoiling the movie with this but I don't think so. Instead, I'm making a point to warn people about what sort of animated film this is. There's an alien invasion and its resolved by beating a bunch of guys for a long time. The End. Secret Origins, a Justice League cartoon with a similar premise, managed to throw in at least a passing bit of social commentary. It also showed our heroes rescuing the future Martian Manhunter from imprisonment as well as the camaraderie that would make them all friends. This Justice League flat-out hates each other.
|Why guys? Why?|
Don't watch this movie, get the original Justice League cartoon if you want to watch something decent.