“Justice League” is great fun.
Directed by Zack Snyder (with an uncredited assist from Joss Whedon) from a screenplay by Chris Torres (with a credited assist from Joss Whedon), the film pleasantly and effectively blends fast-paced action sequences, frequent doses of comedy, and enough engaging drama to cover the exposition needed to launch the next several movies in the DC Universe.
The plot kicks off when Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), still feeling guilty about the death of Superman (Henry Cavill), battles a mysterious winged creature that seems to feed on fear. At the same time, after handily thwarting a terrorist attack, Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) receives a warning of imminent danger from her fellow Amazons.
The pair meet up and decide to bring together an eclectic band of powerful misfits to fight Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciarán Hinds), a nasty intergalactic villain who wants to conquer the world. His storyline, quite frankly, is rather confusing and not very interesting, but that really doesn’t matter. Snyder and Torres (and Whedon) wisely focus their energy on the emergence of the Justice League and the emotional journeys of the characters.
As seen in last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the other members of the League are Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller), Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa).