Following the death of Superman (Henry Cavill) in Batman V Superman, the world remains in mourning for its lost savior – even as superheroes like Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) step up their own crime-fighting efforts, in Kal-El’s absence. However, with the Man of Steel gone, humanity now faces a greater threat than anything on Earth – that of Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), an ancient extraterrestrial being who has returned to our planet to recover three items of immense power known as the Mother Boxes, thousands of years after he was defeated by the three major races of Earth (the Amazonians, Atlanteans, and Man).
While Batman (Ben Affleck), playing Batman and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot, dominating the action sequences) are the leads, the picture gives every major character more than enough screen time as it becomes about damaged individuals making the choice to re-enter the world, which makes it a valid sequel to Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman.
Bruce Wayne sets out to put together a team of super heroes to combat Steppenwolf and his band of human insect like henchmen in wings composed of people he conquered in other planets he destroyed.
The film introduces each character separately and all have their own story and powers. There is plenty of quick humorous one liners that are amusing. For instance, when Bruce Wayne meets Aquaman he says, “I heard you can talk to fish.” When Barry Allen(The Flash) meets Batman he says ‘So what’s your super powers” to which Batman replies “I’m rich.”
When the gang assembles and tries to bring back superman who has died accidentally by Batman previously in the Batman vs. Superman movie, Barry Allen says “Let’s bring him back in a YAY welcome back fashion not a pet cemetery mood” which is a reference to the Stephen King novel. When they do bring superman back he is not quite himself and immediately starts in attacking his rescuers. Barry Allen says, “Uh-oh pet cemetery.”
This Aquaman is different than the original DC comic Aquaman. In the comic version Aquaman is in an orange suit that looks like fish gills and has blonde hair. This Aquaman is big with long shoulder length dark hair, glazed eyes, is tatooed and carries a trident that makes him appear more of a King Neptune character.
I thought Gal Godot as Wonder Woman was the most outstanding and really shined. There are plenty of knock down and thrown about fights with Steppenwolf and the team and the special effects are fun and exciting to watch though I did find them very similar to The Avengers right down to Steppenwolf’s horned headgear.
The film is not doing as well as expected with only 98 million dollars the first week when it should be over 101million for a week-end opening. It got terrible reviews, but I enjoyed it and would see it again.
Check out this exciting trailer.