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WB's rush to replicate Marvel's Avengers success still comes way too soon. A two-hour film rushes to acquaint us with Aquaman, Flash & Cyborg with virtually no back story or reason to be invested. Affleck's Batman still feels like a thinly drawn, beige version of the superhero. Gadot at least shines in her limited duty, but that's small consolation in a group that should be a bunch of charismatic, interesting protagonists.
There are some glaring technical issues: Steppenwolf, for some reason, is completely CGI (despite having a humanoid face with basic scarring) and looks like a villain from Final Fantasy cutscenes. His lips seem to move in slow-motion. Speaking of lips, Henry Cavill refused to shave his moustache for reshoots and a number of scenes (the majority, in fact) that he's in are distractingly off with a CGI-ed upper lip.
Amy Adams and Diane Lane, both great actresses, seem to be starring in a melodrama (and different movie). Ezra Miller, a talented guy, forces playing 'awkward' way too often; his best moments are when he's simply allowed to be. Momoa's Aquaman does seem quietly promising, if unusually bro-y.
Justice League, in the end, will be a lesson on how *not* to assemble a superhero team - Marvel, like them or hate them, did a brilliant job investing audiences in their characters, one by one. As the huge action set pieces unfold in Justice League, you may find yourself asking: why does this feel so empty?