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I went to see JUSTICE LEAGUE yesterday. I go to very few movies. Mostly I wait and spend the money on the Blu-ray so the film is in the archive here.

Whenever I experience something really good in a movie I get a rush and goosebumps. I got a lot of rushes and a lot of goosebumps watching JUSTICE LEAGUE. I got more of them than I have gotten in any film I saw this year.

Ben Affleck nails THE BATMAN.

As someone who has been exhibiting programs for decades I know from experience there is no way anyone can figure out what people will respond to. WONDER WOMAN had the benefit of the successful TV show to help boost its audience. I thought BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN would have done much better as the pairing of those two in the movies was long overdue. Again, I liked it very much, so much that I took another look at MAN OF STEEL which I had not cared for and found myself much more interested in it.

Who knows?

MARVEL seems to as its films consistently hit the ball out of the park. DC’s characters have a much longer history. They should be performing better at the box office.

Sales for comic books have dropped dramatically. Clearly the movie audience, which is also shrinking, does not read them.

The public, however, is responding to Marvel’s movies and is responding big. So the audience is there. WONDER WOMAN showed that the DC Universe can engage the public to the same degree so there should be no hesitation about further exploring the DC Universe.

I thought I would be seeing JUSTICE LEAGUE in IMAX 3D but found out the IMAX version was flat. I switched to the 3D version. The 3D throughout the picture was ably and dramatically used in ways that enhanced the picture.

THE FLASH was introduced wonderfully. I found it engaging the way he developed a realization of how he could use his speed throughout the film. The same holds true of the other characters.

There seems to be a need to somehow feel superior on the part of many whom I have read on this picture. This is he most obvious signs of inferior intellects. As Oscar Hammerstein III put it, “Being knowing and blase is really the sign of an unsophisticated intellect. The most sophisticated thing one person can say to another is, ‘I know nothing about that. Please tell me.”

From what I had read I had doubts about how the Superman resurrection would be handled. It was handled so well that despite everything I had read I got goosebumps on goosebumps.

MARVEL had produced five movies with the individual characters in the process solidly creating a foundation before the characters were united in THE AVENGERS:


  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)


I had not seen those films in first release. I recently acquired the Blu-rays. It is clear that consciously or unconsciously MARVEL laid out a fine foundation as I quickly found when I watched them.

Warners, on the other hand, took long established characters in a new direction that was out of character with the foundation set by those characters. That was a risk and a huge one. That new direction has not found favor with the general public. There is nothing wrong with that from a creative stand point. The public did not embrace Herman Melville’s MOBY DICK either.

Nonetheless, MARVEL has never taken its characters as far off base in its films as the DC characters have been taken. If Warners/DC can find a way to get its characters more on track with those established expectations and then surpass them this franchise will find the Adrenalin boost its needs. I, personally, like the red trunks on Superman.

I hope Ben Affleck does further explore The Batman because in all of this his portrayal rings absolutely true. I feel his is the best BATMAN the movies have given us.

My favorite so far of all these films is DEADPOOL. That is absolutely marvelous (pun intended). That is because DEADPOOL is a character who can and does break the rules set by convention.

I liked GREEN LANTERN when it came out. I feel part of the reason for its box office not performing as well as it should have was the failure to use “Z” space (foreground space) for the film’s battles. When you have characters who can fly we should see them in front of our noses when 3D is being used.

For myself JUSTICE LEAGUE delivered the goods.

Perhaps the marketing is to blame.

When the landmark picture THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI was first shown in 1919 it tanked. The film’s producer withdrew the picture for a short period then relaunched it with huge success.

JUSTICE LEAGUE should have done spectacular business. Somewhere in that mix  not done right. That something was not the movie itself. JUSTICE LEAGUE does justice to its premise.

–Reg Hartt 2017–11–29.


For myself JUSTICE LEAGUE delivered the goods. I got goosebumps watching it. I only get those when expectations are wonderfully surpassed.

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