How can Justice League be great?

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Okay, so we're three weeks away from the Justice League assembling on the big screen. Are you ready guys?

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Except that's not the one we're talking about, ain't it?

Realistically, we're no less than 10 months away from the long awaited Justice League movie and everyone's asking "will it be positively reviewed by critics?" I suppose we're supposed to give an arbitrary YES or NO response, but it ain't that simple. At the end of the day, it's impossible to guarantee whether or not a movie will be any good. After all, the great Ben Affleck directed a Rotten film a few weeks ago, didn't he?

Beside there being aspects of a movie such as directors, writers, track record of the franchise and all which are either red flags are green flags, we can also ask ourselves "what does this movie need to do to be any good?" Oftentimes, a movie can surprise people by being another kind of great, but still great, but when it comes to superhero movies... we just want what we're paying for, so don't buy into the bullshit of anyone who tells you Marvel needs to "switch up their formula" xD

For example, take Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The bloody movie is called Batman v Superman. We're buying the ticket to watch the bat god and the most iconic superhero beat the shit out of each other. That's the selling point. That's good enough. I'm not paying to see a megalomaniac piss in a jar as a part of his masterplan.

Am I not making any sense? Just bear with my for a second.

Very recently, David Ayer, director of Suicide Squad, posting a wall of self-reflection on Twitter, wishing for a "time machine" which would will him to go back in time and make the movie Suicide Squad should've been. Say, make The Joker the villain instead of Cara Delivenge. Although I've been disappointed by every DCEU film thus far, it give me a glimmer of hope for Gotham City Sirens. If only a glimmer. Why? Because David Ayer is aware of his mistakes, meaning he can correct them in his next installment. It's nothing to be ashamed of at all. A good artist is capable of self reflection. It got me thinking of Zack Snyder with Justice League. I'm hoping he too can learn a lesson by owning up to his pride and taking the positive aspects of Batman v. Superman - which, there are positives. That warehouse sequence is amazing and Wonder Woman... oh god - and exemplify them, while not repeating the aspects of DoJ which made it such a frustrating experience.

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Obligatory Woman Crush Wednesday gif

To paraphrase, Zack Snyder promoting DoJ said:

If you're watching DoJ to watch Batman and Superman fight it out; yeah, you'll get that, but I'm hoping you'll also get... something MORE.

We don't want something more. We just want Batman and Superman to fight each other than shake hands over it, don't we?

Same applies for Justice League. WE WANT TO SEE THE JUSTICE LEAGUE BE AWESOME on the big screen.

We want to see Aquaman be badass
We want to see Aquaman be badass
We want The Flash to be FAST
We want The Flash to be FAST
We want to see our favourite characters INTERACT
We want to see our favourite characters INTERACT

We want to see THIS:

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If the writers and director behind this movie understand that comic nerds are excited for this movie to see our favourite characters come to life on the big screen, to see "what-if?" scenarios play out in live action and witness Zack Snyder action sequences and cinematography porn... they can turn the tables and craft a good movie. We don't want a political thriller, an edgy take on the superhero and then an ensemble film. We want the Justice League, is all.

There are filmmaking principles you need to put in practice to utilise the full potential of this flick, but that's the fundamental goal I hope the guys at DC understood making this movie. You also need solid pacing: take time to let the characters breathe before assembling the team, but also don't take your sweet ass time setting up the action. Give us excellent action sequences, but also acknowledge that interaction between the heroes is just as good. People like to berate Marvel because "their dialogue is mostly inconsequential one liners" and believe me, I do think Marvel goes overboard with their humour at times, especially when they relegated Loki into a joke in The Avengers, but this dialogue develops dynamics between the team members. To avoid the Marvel misshape of writing childish dialogue as jokes, let the humour come out from the interactions and characters's personalities as opposed to "LANGUAGE!" As a matter of fact, I think they're already doing this as the dialogue between Diana Prince and Bruce Wayne in the trailer was the appropriate comedic tone and timing.

I hope Deathstroke and, or Green Lantern are nothing more than a post credit scene, as future set up burdened Dawn of Justice and made it less than the classic we were amped for xD

So, do I think Justice League will be the first GOOD film in the DCEU? Well, it certainly could be. Always easiest to take the cynic and pessimist route but that's why it's easy. Rising up and seeing the good, that takes guts. Gotta keep the hope... (thanks for the quote, @soldierofel). This is by no means a transformative blog though.

If you read this blog, thank you. A tremendous THANK YOU. I mean... what do I know? xD

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