I admit to not yet having seen Justice League.
When I was a kid, the idea that there would be two or three superhero movies coming out every year would have struck me as wonderful. I mean, between 1978 and 1989, there were a grand total of *THREE* good superhero movies. Superman, Superman II, and Batman.
That’s *IT*. There were a handful of not-awful television shows… You had the George Reeves Superhero reruns (at the end of the day, still a pretty good show), The Incredible Hulk (which holds up in weird ways… Bill Bixby’s David Banner stuff is pretty good… the scenes with the Javert-ian reporter are surprisingly strong… Lou Ferrigno’s flexing is kinda silly… but, come on… it’s the stuff with the threat-of-the-week cast members that are fast-forward material), but, for the most part, you had to make do with stuff like The Bionic Man or do without.
And now we’re in a place where we’ve had Lego Batman, Logan, Spider Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Justice League all come out in the same 12 month period. (And that’s not counting superhero-adjacent stuff like Power Rangers or Transformers or Kingsman: Golden Circle.)
“Wow! That’s going to be awesome!”, I can imagine myself saying back when I was still skeptical about hearing that Michael Keaton was going to be Bruce Wayne/Batman. And then boggling when told “Yeah, you’re actually going to skip most of them or only watch them when you’re on a long plane trip.”)
Being more of a DC partisan than a Marvel one, Justice League is one of the movies that I would have wanted to see the most when I was a kid. I was even kinda looking forward to it when they first started showing trailers earlier in the year… but there were a number of red flags.
First off, Henry Cavill (the guy who plays the current incarnation of Superman) had a mustache in real life during filming. It was removed via CGI. Why didn’t they ask him to, say, shave it? Because Henry Cavill was also making Mission Impossible 6 (“oooh! They’re making Mission Impossible movies? Six of them?” “Yeah, you’re going to be conflicted about those movies too”) and Paramount would not let him shave it off.
Red Flag #1: Authentic Real Mustache For New Guy In Mission Impossible Franchise more important than uncanny valley issues related to being Superman-with-CGI-upper-lip in Justice League.
Red Flag #2: The story is by Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio. Chris Terrio is the guy who wrote the script for Batman vs. Superman. Then they brought in Joss Whedon to tighten the screenplay up. This is not as much a red flag as, say, there being 17 people with writing credits. The whole “wait, let’s bring in (big name) to fix some of this stuff up” thing, however, is a red flag.
Red Flag #3: Before Marvel’s Avengers, there were approximately five (!) movies that came out to establish what you needed to know. Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, and Thor each had their own movie and the main bad guy in Avengers was the main bad guy in Thor. On top of that, Iron Man and Captain America were pretty good movies in their own right and both Thor and Hulk (the 2008 one, not the 2003 one) were pretty good popcorn fare. Before Justice League? There were four movies that came out: Superman, Batman vs. Superman, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman. Those first three were pretty bad. Like “the people who made this movie not only don’t understand the story they want to tell or the characters they’re using” bad. Since those are the building blocks for Justice League, that’s also a red flag.
Not a red flag: Rotten Tomatoes has it at 40% Fresh but 86% according to the audience. If you ask me, those are good numbers for popcorn fare.
But those are a lot of red flags.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?