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February 10th, 2018

Wonder Woman

Justice League

I finally got to see “Justice League”. I was too busy in December on a big deadline project. I’d already picked out an early January date to see it – and then came down with the flu. Wound up in the ER. Altogether a sucky week. By the time I’d recovered, JL was out of the first run theaters.

I decided to keep my eye on the second run theater, and it showed up there last week. Can’t beat a $2.50 ticket price for a twilight show. I don’t mind the 50 year old hard-as-a-rock old style seats or the slanted floor which has definitely seen much better days. You get what you pay for, after all. :-) I frequently wait for movies to show up here – the price of first run tickets is ridiculous.

I liked the movie better than I expected to – but I wasn’t expecting much after “Dawn of Justice” (I fell asleep during that one.) “Wonder Woman” is the only DC movie I’ve 100% enjoyed in years –that one was pretty damn awesome.

Highlights of JL – the secondary characters. I wasn’t familiar with Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, but his character was intriguing and I’d love to see him in a solo movie. I also really liked Aquaman, (a character I thought was yawningly boring back when I was a kid). He was the best part of this movie and I’m looking forward to his solo movie, should it come about. Wonder Woman was fine too, and I hope we’ll see her in another solo movie. I also liked Bruce Wayne’s realization of his own limitations and mortality.

However, I have never once warmed up to Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman. I didn’t see any chemistry between him and anyone else. And how can any actress make Lois Lane boring? This one managed. The scene between her and Clark in the cornfield, and the scene between them at the end at the farmhouse should have been far more emotionally powerful than they were.

(My favorite Lois Lane: Smallville. My favorite Superman: Dean Cain in Lois and Clark. DC always seems to do better on TV than in the movies.)

Boring villain. I know I read Jack Kirby’s “New Gods” comics back in the 70s, but don’t remember anything about them. Considering how many I read at the time, not surprising. Turns out Steppenwolf was introduced in this storyline.

I really wish DC could make more movies for me to love. They succeeded with “Wonder Woman”, so I haven’t lost all hope.