Fans of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and the rest of the DC Comics universe needed this movie to be their Avengers. What they received was a corporate obligation. There is a wealth of reporting on how Justice League lost its spine, but you don't need to be an orthopedic surgeon to see why it's limp. Riding little momentum from 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (it's unclear just how long after Superman's death this movie takes place) Justice League executes the motions required to bring Bats, Diana, The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman together. After the dramatic equivalent of reading Marvel post-credit scene Wiki entries, the team comes together to battle a stiff, CG warrior named Steppenwolf, who screams "MOTHER BOX" enough times to erode our need for MacGuffin logic. There are spurts of energetic action beats in the movie (the first time the League fights together in a secret, underwater military base is Zack Snyder and/or reshoot commander Joss Whedon at his/their finest), but without stakes or heart or anything but a sequel agenda, serious fans could only root for Steppenwolf to slay the heroes and prompt an immediate reboot. -- MP
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