It seems there may be a tactical reason as to why the Rotten Tomatoes score for this superhero team-up has been postponed until the very last minute.
The reviews for DC’s answer to the Avengers have arrived and while fans may have been hopeful after the triumph that was Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and a few early positive reactions on Twitter, the same can not be said for Justice League.
Sure, some critics have highlighted the fun in some scenes, an apparent improvement on the bad reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s super-seriousness, but ultimately the movie has been taken to the cleaners with 1 and 2 star reviews dominating.
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The new Justice League Experience
Sun, November 5, 2017
The superhero cast launch the new exhibition, 'The Justice League Experience'. An installation which brings the DC film to life with 5 character themed rooms including film sets, props, costumes all on display.
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The Justice League cast pose for photos at the new Justice League Experience
It feels like a sheepish feature-length retraction of the franchise to date. It’s consistently embarrassing to watch, and features plot holes so yawningly vast they have a kind of Grand Canyon-like splendour: part of you wants to hang around to see what they look like at sunset.
If this was the best DC could do in synthesising all their lead characters together into one ensemble spectacular, after a half-decade of planning, that’s pretty damning. Justice League is such a misguided mess—often feeling entirely unguided—that you want to intervene, softly saying, “Stop, stop, you don’t have to do this, stop.”
It’s breezily fun at times, in a what-the-hey way. But, lumbered with a story that struggles to find resonance beyond its improbable plot devices and preposterous MacGuffinry, Justice League isn’t about to steal Avengers’ super-team crown.
The Hollywood Reporter
Fatigue, repetition and a laborious approach to exposition are the keynotes of this affair, which is also notable for how Ben Affleck, donning the bat suit for the second time, looks like he'd rather be almost anywhere else but here; his eyes and body language make it clear that he's just not into it. A chore to sit through.
Affleck spreads a pall of dullness over the film. He doesn’t have the implacable, steely ferocity and conviction that Christian Bale had; he seems to have a faint sheen of sweat, as if the Batcave thermostat is up too high, and his attempts at droll humour and older-generation wisdom make his Batman look stately and marginal. Maybe we should get George Clooney back for the role.
Justice League is out on Friday and its Rotten Tomatoes score won't be released until Thursday
The plot can’t do much more heavy lifting than that, and it takes all of the movie’s effort just to hold together what feels like a forgotten Justice League of America story where an intergalactic invader comes to ruin everyone’s day. There’s no time or effort put towards character building, giving the team a personality, crafting themes, or challenging expectations. Justice League’s most impressive feat is that it doesn’t completely fall apart before your eyes.
Justice League is better than its joylessly somber dress rehearsal, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now the “but”…you knew there was a “but” coming, right? But it also marks a pretty steep comedown from the giddy highs of Wonder Woman.
If Wonder Woman provided a glimmer of hope that DC Comics movies might start looking, moving and sounding differently than before, Justice League plops us right back into Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice territory, albeit with a little more wit and humanity.
The film is the definition of an adequate high-spirited studio lark: no more, no less. If fans get excited about it, that may mostly be because they’re excited about getting excited. Yet the movie is no cheat. It’s a tasty franchise delivery system that kicks a certain series back into gear.
To be fair not all the reviews were bad, with a few critics giving praise to the fun of Justice League.
Justice League sees Batman unite the team following the 'death' of Superman
Justice League is the real deal. It's an epic ensemble of superheroes. It's the most fun you'll have with Batman and his super friends, until their next adventure together, and marks the beginning of a brand new era of super heroes on the DC side of the spectrum.
Character is more than destiny here. It is the key reason Justice League is a seriously satisfying superhero movie, one that, rife with lines like "the stench of your fear is making my soldiers hungry," actually feels like the earnest comic books of our squandered youth.
It’s messy and flawed but it still offers enough entertainment value (mostly thanks to its likeable characters) to make it worthwhile.
Justice League is released in UK cinemas on November 17, 2017.