Justice League is cynical.
Don’t get me wrong, the Marvel films are cynical too. It’s all cynical. Hollywood is a cynical industry.
It strikes me, however, that Justice League is an example of the cynicism of Hollywood gone horribly awry.
That’s not to say that it’s terrible, or even that bad. It’s certainly far better than Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. But for all their faults, those films at least presented a consistent worldview. Justice League feels tonally consistent, at odds with itself, in unnatural ways.
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Wonder Woman is easily the best of the current slate of DC films. It’s something of a backhanded compliment given the state of past DC films, but the sheer competence of Wonder Woman is such that it could stand head-to-head against most superhero films, Marvel, DC, or otherwise. Wonder Woman stars Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the eponymous heroine, princess Diana of Themyscira (aka Paradise Island), who gets drawn into the world of man to intervene in the dying days of World War I, the Great War. It’s of course noteworthy that Wonder Woman is the first big budget superhero film to be directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins, who struggles with some of the bigger action sequences, but overall does a fine job).
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