The much-anticipated Justice League movie has bought with it plenty of questions. Will Justice League be as much of a success as Wonder Woman, or a flop like Suicide Squad? But more importantly, does it compare with Marvel’s The Avengers?
Justice League. Guys, let me say, Justice League is the most enjoyable DCEU movie to date! Not because it was filled with humour (but it was humorous), but because it was a solid adventure movie. I even dare say, it was just as enjoyable as Ragnarok. Yeah that’s right, I said it, fight me!
In any case, coming out of Justice League, I had the thought – is Justice League vs Avengers, which is better? That in itself is an intriguing idea. Mainly because we’d be comparing the two greatest superhero teams in cinema. So why not try and answer that question?
First, let me make this clear, this article will go into some spoilers about the Justice League. So if you haven’t seen Justice League, watch it and then come back! If you don’t care for spoilers of course then keep on reading.
Is Justice League a better film than the Avengers?
Well, the straight forward answer is no, it’s not. But that’s not entirely fair on behalf of the League.
The issue with Justice League is that it wasn’t one whole film. For those who didn’t know, director Zack Snyder stopped working on Justice League to deal with his daughter’s death. Now he stepped down in May, with Warner Bros bringing in Joss Whedon to take up the role of director. What makes this slightly amusing is that Joss Whedon actually wrote and directed The Avengers. And of course, with Joss being brought onto Justice League, many people were concerned that he’d make it too light hearted. Less like the dark themes that DC are going with, and more of the light hearted nature which is present in The Avengers.
And the issue with having two starkly different directors working separately on one film is that it shows. During the film you could easily tell what was a reshoot just from the cinematography. And to make it even worse, the editing felt really choppy at times.
Also those Atlantis scenes were really confusing and kind of out of place.
So when you compare Justice League to The Avengers, it just doesn’t really work. Why? Because you’re comparing two separate halves of one film, which have been glued together pretty decently, with one whole, unbroken story.
I can’t even compare Justice League to Man of Steal or Wonder Woman because it isn’t a ‘whole’ film. As much as I loved it, I can’t judge them equally. Having said that, while it doesn’t compare as being a ‘good film’, it’s still:
So with all that, The Avengers gets the award for a better film… by default.
Is Justice League more enjoyable than the Avengers?
I don’t know about you lot, but I was only in Year 10 when the first Avengers came out. The night before, I stayed up late with a group of guys, who later on became my closest pals, and watched all five phase I Marvel movies. I remembered all the tiny details about that day. I even remember the stupid Asgardian helmet my best friend wore in the cinema. But I don’t remember being as excited then as I was last night.
And for full disclosure, I prefer Marvel over DC (due to the general problems DC has in comics and film), despite loving them both. But I absolutely lost my mind watching Justice League. I am genuinely sorry for my Digital Fox colleague Nirvana who had to deal with my aggressive taps whenever an Easter Egg was referenced. You should have seen me when they referenced the Penguin, hinted at the existence of the Reverse Flash, SHOWED A GREEN LANTERN. By Zeus it was a good movie!
And can I just give a shout out to that scene where Steppenwolf appears on Themyscira, and the Amazons are having an intense game of keep the Motherbox away from Steppenwolf? Now that was a fun and intimidating scene! I don’t even think Loki intimidated me that much.
My point is that I wasn’t as excited when watching The Avengers. I am literally watching it right now, and I’m just not getting that same stupid grin that I had on last night.
So this round goes to the League by a mile!
Which film had bigger problems?
Now that I think about it, The Avengers and Justice League are the exact same film. We start off (kind of) with an alien conqueror from another world, teleporting in to steal an object of mass destruction. Followed by the recruitment of the world’s heroes, the only ones who can stop this world-ending threat. Then we see the problems that they have against their villains, and even as a team. But everything’s okay when they all begin to work together, showing off during the final boss battle and ultimately saving the day before the alien device can cause total annihilation. See, same movie.
But, while I didn’t enjoy The Avengers as much as I enjoyed Justice League, The Avengers didn’t really have any problems. They had an excellent and complex villain, a very large universe to explore, that shock factor when we see all our heroes come together, and it was just an overall solid movie. There wasn’t really anything wrong with it.
If only I could say the same for Justice League. That editing issue I mentioned earlier, if you are a major cinephile, will make you cringe and squirm in pure discomfort. Some of the scenes and changes in camera angle felt extremely out of place. But having said that, it still wasn’t a big issue for me.
Also, Justice League had a pretty bad CGI issue. Some of the fight scenes felt like they came straight out of Injustice 2. Having said that, it still wasn’t a huge issue for me. And I think that’s where The Avengers had a one-up on Justice League. There were actual choreographed fight scenes, rather than massive CGI generated action sequences (and yes I know that The Avengers still had that).
But who would win in a fight between the Justice League and the Avengers?
Well wouldn’t this be fun to explore? Who would win, the League or the Avengers?
Well in the Marvel corner we have Cap (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Rufallo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
In the DC corner we have Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Aquaman (Jason Mamoa).
Now because both sides hate dealing with civilian casualties, we’ll say that this fight is happening in an abandoned nuclear test site in the middle of the Australian outback.
First thing’s first, Cyborg would just immobilise Iron Man, because while Iron Man thinks technology is his ally, he merely adopted it. Cyborg was born in it, moulded by it. And with that Bane shtick aside, Cyborg could take out Iron Man easy peasy.
Then you’d have Superman and the Hulk fighting it out, and I think that they’d be locked in battle for a very long time, with neither one being able to knock out the other.
Following that you’d have Wonder Woman battling Thor, and Cap, Black Widow and Hawkeye fighting Batman, the Flash, and Aquaman. And before you get all pissy with me saying that Batman could take them all out with his hands tied behind his back, I’m only looking at Batfleck here. Who isn’t as much of a genius tactician as comic Batman.
So let’s say that you team up Cap with Batsy, and then have Hawkeye and Black Widow using a tactics heavy combo of specialist arrows and electroshock batons to immobilise Aquaman. But then that leaves the Flash to wipe the floor with everyone.
So I guess the Justice League wins on that one?
Justice League was a lot of fun, and for a full review, be sure to check out what my fellow DigitalFox writer, Nirvana, had to say on the matter. But is it better than The Avengers? As a film not really. But as a nostalgia fest of awesomeness and action-packed adventure, I think the Justice League wins.
Justice League is set to be released on the 16th of November, so be sure to check it out!
And if you disagree with me, leave a comment down below or tweet me @ElliMiller17 to keep the conversation going. I legitimately have so much more to say about Justice League but this has already gotten way too long. Sorry not sorry.
Also, thank God they fixed Superman – good job DC!