Warner Brothers have officially lifted the Justice League review embargo, and the first signs are very encouraging for the under-fire DC film universe.
While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were ravaged by critics, they were both modest box offices successes. However, in these days of the superhero blockbuster, anything short of $1 billion is a little disappointing.
So there was a great deal riding on these first reviews — particularly given the woeful Rotten Tomatoes score previous DC movies suffered.
But following on from the universal success of Wonder Woman, it seems DC has finally given core comic book fans what they want — accurate representations of some of the most loved characters in the genre.
Here are the first few snippets from critics on Twitter:
They did it😊 Justice League is wonderful. Heartfelt, funny, but with high stakes and consequences. They address and fix many peoples issues with BvS, but in ways it helps the story and characters. So many surprises you all have no idea about. #justiceleague
— Mike Kalinowski (@MikeKalinowski) 10 November 2017
SO I saw #JusticeLeague -twice. Still under embargo, but: This is a fun superhero flick. Funny but still hero adventure. Reminds me of JL Unlimited ep. Likable interaction amongst recognizable heroes. There is a villain problem (no worse than Marvel’s) – @aaronsagers
— Aaron Sagers (@aaronsagers) 10 November 2017
I think if you are going to a #JusticeLeague movie to see all your favorite DC heroes rocking their skills & being the badasses you love, then you will get plenty of that. Lots of action. Lots of superheroes being superheroes.
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) 10 November 2017
#JusticeLeague is solid entertainment despite some problems. They pulled off a strange alchemy that works better than it should. The story is lacking, but the League is great and it’s a blast to watch them in action together. Wonder Woman is clutch, obvi.
— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) 10 November 2017
#JusticeLeague is a fun, bumpy ride that succeeds in character, but fails in narrative. It’s a mixed bag of execution that’s saved by the actors, who rise above the shortcomings to deliver an engaging, funny and hopeful, yet flawed, entry to the DCEU. @joblocom
— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) 10 November 2017
I am genuinely happy to report #JusticeLeague is a lot of fun. It’s not perfect and has its problems, but does the job of making you care about these characters as a team by its end. It’s also VERY funny, in lots of unexpected ways. pic.twitter.com/1AAjYgv16i
— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) 10 November 2017
#JusticeLeague is good!
(And I can finally talk about it!)
Wonder Woman is wonderful, Aquaman is surprisingly cool, Flash is hilarious, Batman is drunk, the story is coherent, and it’s all surprisingly funny. It’s not perfect, but really enjoyable!
Full review to come! pic.twitter.com/YzgSL4FBOP
— Mike Rougeau (@RogueCheddar) 10 November 2017
Reading through more of the first comments, it is clear that there are elements of Justice League that are almost universally liked. The lighter tone, the comedy and the relationship between the main players is all there to see.
Comic book nerds in particular will be happy to discover that all of the characters get the chance to be real heroes — the source of much controversy in Batman v Superman.
It isn’t all great news, however. There is a general consensus that the narrative could be better. Steppenwolf has been described as two-dimensional, and there have been some stinging criticisms of the CGI.
But all of these issues should be expected from a film that has undergone a 30% rewrite and several big reshoots.
It is still early days, but it looks like Warner Brothers and DC Comics fans can breathe a sigh of relief.