Justice League (dir. Zack Snyder & Joss Whedon, 2017) – After Superman’s sacrifice, Bruce Wayne enlists four other known superheroes to fight against the threat of Steppenwolf.
In a highly anticipated assembly of beloved heroes, Justice League banks on pace and humour to distract from its characterisation flaws, to little avail.
With The Avengers out on their third spin and counting, pressure on DC’s own supergroup debut continues to mount. There was never a chance that Batman vs Superman’s dismal performance would have stalled the long-gestating birth of the Justice League.
Excitement no doubt surrounds the inauguration of the beloved heroes in live action. Sadly, the team’s formation proves premature. History repeats as with the disastrous Suicide Squad, where one too many iconic characters were forced to share first appearances in a runtime of under two hours, leaving behind weak impressions.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron (dir. Joss Whedon, 2015) – The first signs of divisive ideals loom, as Tony Stark’s peacekeeping agenda engenders an intimidating threat against the Avengers initiative.
Familiar faces and colossal destruction continually entertain, even if the explosive universe is starting to tire.
In Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) trods a fine line between war profiteer and peacekeeper. Manufacturing weapons that killed the very people it sought to protect, his conglomerate reflects the irony of humanity’s attempt at peace with war.
Similar interesting themes emerge in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where Stark’s endeavour of a defence system instead births the titular threat. Things go awry, when artificial intelligence Ultron (James Spader) sifts through history and deems humanity a menace. He commandeers Stark’s drones and sees to the race’s extinction.
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