Taglines: You can’t save the world alone.
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), the film is directed by Zack Snyder with a screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, from a story by Terrio and Snyder.
It features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons. In Justice League, the superhero team, consisting of Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg forms to honor the memory of Superman and to save earth from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.
With an estimated production budget of $300 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made. Justice League premiered in Beijing on October 26, 2017, and was released in the United States in 2D, 3D and IMAX on November 17, 2017. The film grossed $656 million worldwide and $228 million in North America, both the lowest of the DCEU, against an estimated break-even point of up to $750 million.
It received mixed reviews from critics; the action sequences, visual effects, humor, and performances (particularly Gadot and Miller) were praised, while the plot, writing, pacing, villain and overuse of CGI were criticized. The film’s tone met with a polarized reception; while some appreciated the lighter tone than previous DC films, others found it inconsistent.
About the Story
The film opens with camera phone footage of Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill) recorded by two kids. They interview him just after one of his heroic missions. One of the kids asks Superman what his favorite thing about Earth is. The footage cuts off before he gives his answer.
It’s now months later in Gotham City. A man on a rooftop has just committed a robbery. He sees Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) perched on a gargoyle before he leaps over and fights the man. Batman dangles the man over a ledge, using the man’s fear to lure out a creature known as a Parademon. Batman fights the Parademon until he traps it in a net. The creature explodes moments later, leaving behind three boxes burnt on the wall. Alfred (Jeremy Irons) sees this through the monitor. He tells Batman it’s time to round up his team.
It has been several years since Superman’s death (from the film ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’). People all around the world still mourn Superman. Martha Kent (Diane Lane) has moved away from her rural home in Smallville while Lois Lane (Amy Adams) feels more alone.
In London, a team of robbers stage a heist in a bank, taking hostages in the process. Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) heads down to stop them. The leader of the robbers plans to use a bomb to bring the city back to the Dark Ages, but Wonder Woman manages to fight back and throw the bomb into the sky as it explodes. The leader then tries to shoot all the hostages, so Wonder Woman runs and deflects all the bullets with her gauntlets. She then clashes the gauntlets together to defeat the leader.
Bruce travels to a small town in Iceland to find Arthur Curry, AKA Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Bruce finds him in a tavern and offers him money to go with him, but Arthur declines and heads into the ocean to leave.Bruce goes home to discuss matters with Alfred. After not having luck getting Arthur on the team, his other options are Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher), who is presumed dead, and Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller). Barry visits his father Henry (Billy Crudup) in prison after he was locked up for allegedly murdering his wife when Barry was a child. Henry wants Barry to live his own life and to stop visiting him, because he doesn’t have any hope that he will ever get out of there.
On Themyscira, the Amazons are guarding a cube known as a Mother Box. A beam comes down on the Box, and a swarm of Parademons descend with their leader, Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). He attempts to take the Mother Box, prompting the Amazons to fight back. They kill a number of Parademons, but Steppenwolf swings his ax down to kill some Amazons. Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) tries to get the Mother Box away from Steppenwolf, but he succeeds in taking it for himself. Hippolyta then tells her general they must ignite a fire in a temple, because Diana will know what it means. Hippolyta fires the burning arrow, and Diana sees it on the news.
At Star Labs, Silas Stone (Joe Morton) is leaving his job and goes home to Victor. Victor is hiding after everyone thought he died, and he is worried that his new appearance will have everyone see him as a monster. Diana goes to find Bruce. They walk by a lake as she tells him the history of Steppenwolf and the Mother Boxes. There are three Mother Boxes, and if brought together, Steppenwolf would create The Unity, which destroys planets and reshapes them into the hellscape of Steppenwolf’s home planet.
Long ago, the Amazons, Atlanteans, and Green Lanterns all joined forces to fight Steppenwolf and his army, sending him away and driving him mad. The Amazons kept one of the Boxes, and the Atlanteans kept another, while the third was kept hidden in secrecy by man so that nobody may be tempted to harness its power. As Bruce and Diana walk away, Cyborg is watching them from nearby.
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Justice League (2017)
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Amber Heard, Ciarán Hinds, Connie Nielsen, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Joe Morton, Joanne Batten
Screenplay by: Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon
Production Design by: Patrick Tatopoulos
Cinematography by: Fabian Wagner
Film Editing by: David Brenner, Richard Pearson, Martin Walsh
Costume Design by: Michael Wilkinson
Set Decoration by: Dominic Capon
Art Direction by: Lorin Flemming, Joseph Hiura, Christian Huband, Helen Jarvis, Paul Laugier, Samuel Leake, Keith Pain, Andrew Palmer, Hayley Easton Street, Helen Xenopoulos
Music by: Danny Elfman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: November 17, 2017