DC Comics and Warner Bros. have gone and done it this time. The Justice League film grossed over $658 million at the box office. The caped heroes of DC brought in over $278 million on opening. That’s the 24th largest box office opening in history! Justice League was a huge hit, and the reasons might just surprise you.
DC’s Greatest League of Superheroes
Perhaps the most original superhero team of all time. Predating the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and just about every other group of superheroes you’ve probably ever heard about. The Justice League first appeared in The Brave and the Bold, March 1960. By October 1960, they had earned their own comic book series.
Most impressively, half a century, hundreds of comics, scores of graphic novels, and multiple cartoon television series later, the Justice League is more iconic than ever before. Which is exactly what set the stage for the 2017 hit film, Justice League.
The Justice League Movie
The screenplay for the Justice League movie is written by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio. It’s based on the story created by Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio. Also, Snyder also directed the film. Produced by DC and Warner Bros., the filming of Justice League took place across several countries. These included Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Greece, the UK and of course, multiple locations in the United States.
In the film, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg team up to take on Steppenwolf and the army of Parademons he commands. All in the absence of Superman, whose death has activated the Mother Boxes. Steppenwolf returns to Earth in an attempt to bring about the “Unity.” This, in turn, will destroy the Earth and transform it into a world similar to Steppenwolf’s home planet.
With this in mind, Steppenwolf recovers the first box from Themyscira. Hippolyta warns Diana, who then teams up with Batman. Together, they recruit a group of superhumans to help stop the onslaught of Earth by the alien Commander and his army of Parademons. Also, when the second Mother Box is recaptured from Atlantis, Aquaman decides to join the newly forming Justice League.
Cyborg retrieves the third Mother Box. Cyborg’s father reverse-engineered its technology to save his life. This was after the automobile accident that should have claimed his life. After analyzing the final Mother Box, Batman decides to use it in an attempt to return Superman to life. Most surprisingly, this works out, but not precisely the way that Bruce Wayne hoped for.
Cyborg accidentally discharges an energy weapon at Superman, and the heroes battle it out. Batman almost dies during the struggle with Superman. This is until Louis Lane steps in to save the day. After Superman deposits Lane at his parent’s farm, he joins the rest of the League. Then comes the final battle with Steppenwolf and his army somewhere in Russia.
The end (spoiler alert)
With the help of Superman, the Justice League is finally able to defeat Steppenwolf and the Parademons. Also, they are also able to dismantle the Mother Boxes before the “Unity” is complete. As a result, Steppenwolf becomes afflicted with fear. His own horde of minions then attacked him. A base is then set up for future Justice League operations, and they are recognized as an official team.
Who’s Who: The Justice League Cast
The Justice League movie consisted of some incredible actors and actresses. I mean, these guys did an excellent job portraying their characters in a way that is undeniably recognizable to DC Comics fans all over. The Justice League movie cast includes some fantastic names.
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne AKA Batman:
The billionaire owner of Wayne Enterprises by day, the masked vigilante Batman by night. He possesses a true dedication to fighting crime in Gotham City.
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent AKA Superman:
The alien Kal-El, better known as Clark Kent, Daily Planet journalist, and even more well known as Superman. One of the main honorary members of the Justice League.
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman:
The daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, an antique dealer, and friend of Bruce Wayne. She is an immortal Amazonian warrior, crown princess of Themyscira, and an honorary member of the Justice League.
Ezra Miller as Barry Allen AKA The Flash:
An otherwise ordinary college student who can manipulate the Speed Force and move at superfast speeds.
Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry AKA Aquaman:
The metahuman heir of the Kingdom of Atlantis, with some impressive aquatic superpowers.
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone AKA Cyborg:
An ex-athlete who’s father cybernetically reconstructed him after a car crash that should have been fatal. He becomes imbued with biomimetic high-technology including the advanced weaponry, technopathy, and the ability to fly.
Ciarán Hinds is the voice of Steppenwolf:
The leader of the Parademon army. A military officer of an alien race. Searching for three Mother Boxes that are hiding somewhere on Earth.
Amy Adams as Lois Lane:
The much celebrated and award-winning journalist of the Daily Planet and Clark Kent’s girlfriend.
J.K. Simmons as James Gordon:
The Police Commissioner of Gotham City and longtime ally of Batman.
Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth:
Bruce Wayne’s butler, head of security, and possibly his closest confidante. One of the only people who knows Wayne’s secret identity as Batman.
Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta:
Queen of the Amazons and mother of Wonder Woman.
Diane Lane as Martha Kent:
Clark Kent’s adopted mother.
A Quick Justice League Review by Kevin Smith
Well-known filmmaker, comic book writer, author, comedian, film critic, and co-star of the cult classic, Clerks, Kevin Smith, gives a super in-depth review of Justice League.
Bonus: A Bit of Justice League Trivia
- Justice League is the fourth most expensive movie ever to be made. Costs are estimated as high as $300 million.
- The first official Justice League comic was put out by DC in the autumn of 1960.
- There were initially seven members of the Justice Leauge: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and the Martian Manhunter.
- The Justice League is not the first elite group of DC heroes to team up. The Justice Society of America predates the League by two decades.
- In the 1970s, the Justice League was named the Super Friends to make it more kid-friendly. This TV adaptation of the League aired for 13 years, eventually replaced by the Galactic Guardians in the late 1980s.
- The Atom and Hawkman have also been official members of the Justice League.
- The first ever enemy that the League faced was none other than Starro, a massive alien starfish.
- The League has had three official bases. The first was a cave, The Secret Sanctuary, in Rhode Island. The second was a space station several thousand miles away from Earth, financed by Bruce Wayne. And the third was a bunker in Detroit, chosen by Aquaman and his team of replacements.
- Aquaman dissolved the League and rewrote the entire charter after the League failed to defend Earth from alien invaders. Aside from Aquaman, the new League consisted of Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, the Vixen, Zatanna, Gypsy, Steel, and Vibe.
- Wonder Woman had to undergo 12 trials to rejoin the League at one point. Which she, of course, completed successfully.
Why You Must See the Justice League Movie
First of all, being the fourth most costly film ever created is a huge thing. Also, Justice League is just simply amazing. From the unique special effects to the way that all of the heroes are on-point for their comic book predecessors. Especially relevant is that the plot is totally rad, and the underlying messages of hope, justice, and unity peppered throughout the movie are quite moving.
Whether you’re a die-hard Batman fan ready to see your favorite hero in action or you’re stricken with the beautiful Gal Gadot as the powerful Wonder Woman, there is little need to look any further for additional reasons to watch this film.
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