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Justice League Blu-ray Review

March 12, 2018

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Justice League Blu-ray Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Mar 12, 2018
( Rating: 3 Star Rating)

Justice League is coming out to take home. Are you into Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Flash and Aquaman? Are the extra features on the set worth a purchase? Check our Kidzworld Blu-ray review.

By: Lynn Barker

Justice League is based at a time when the world is depressed and still mourning the death of Superman (Henry Cavill). Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) knows a massive alien attack is coming. He and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) must assemble a team of metahumans to stand together against the coming threat. When everybody isn’t anxious to join the party, it’s a race against time to convince the gang to get together. Could the “dead” Superman be one of the heroic League?

The League (without Superman)The League (without Superman)Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Catching Up

In the Superhero world, Batman is busy stopping crime and confronting a weird, flying robot-like being (later to be found to be a parademon, part of baddie Steppenwolf’s (Ciaran Hinds) army) while Wonder Woman fights terrorists and frees hostages. Lois Lane (Amy Adams) is still mourning her man and isn’t able to be the crack reporter she once was. She’s also sad when Clark Kent’s mom Martha (Diane Lane) loses her farm in a bank foreclosure.

Lois Lane thinks of SupermanLois Lane thinks of SupermanCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Batman’s Mission

Sure that a major alien threat is coming to Earth, Bruce Wayne is determined to form a league of superheroes to fight it. Traveling to the far north, he hopes to convince Arthur Curry/Aquaman (Jason Momoa) to sign on. He offers money but Curry is not having any. Bruce reminds him that yes, with world destruction, seas could rise but they could also boil! Bruce goes after young Barry Allen/The Flash (Ezra Miller) who is impressed that Bruce is Batman and will join the group.

Barry Allen gets a visit from BatmanBarry Allen gets a visit from BatmanCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Cyborg and Amazons

One a high school athlete, Victor Stone/Cyborg (Ray Fisher) is more machine than man and very depressed about it. He feels like a monster with an alien voice in his head. Is he being controlled? On Wonder Woman’s Themyscira island, a strange Mother Box long dormant, comes alive with amazing power. This calls alien warrior Steppenwolf who is determined to unite the three boxes left on Earth. Evidently, when this happens, our planet will be re-formed into one much like his own world, on which humans could not survive. His giant army of flying parademons attacks getting the box away from Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), Wonder Woman’s mom. She then lights a warning fire which Diana Prince sees and recognizes from afar.

Cyborg to the rescueCyborg to the rescue

Aquaman’s Destiny

Diana tells Bruce about the three Mother Boxes and what they would do in Steppenwolf’s hands. His parademon army lives on fear and they’ll get plenty of it. He already has one box, the Atlanteans have another. Nobody knows where the third is. Cyborg overhears this conversation. Diana later meets with him “We need you and maybe you need us”. Meanwhile, Steppenwolf fights Queen of the sea Mera (Amber Heard) underwater and gains the second Mother Box. She reminds Aquaman that he must fulfill his destiny, get it back and stop Steppenwolf.

Aquaman is accidentally sitting on Diana's lasso of truthAquaman is accidentally sitting on Diana's lasso of truthCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Commissioner Gordon Calls for Help

Since scientists near Metropolis are being kidnapped, Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) turns on the bat signal and not only Batman but Wonder Woman, Flash and Cyborg show up. Out on an island, Steppenwolf is torturing the kidnapped scientists to find out where the final Box is hidden. The new League members fight to free the hostage scientists. In the Bat Cave, Cyborg explains that Mother Boxes are a perpetual energy source. His dad used it to “create” him. It can reshape a planet but it might also bring Superman back to life!! Bruce and Diana argue over this. It’s not moral. Would Bruce/Batman do this because of his guilt over Superman’s death?

Bruce and Diana search for MetahumansBruce and Diana search for MetahumansCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The League’s Future?

Is Superman destined to come back to life and join the League? If he does, will there be enough good guys to stop Steppenwolf before it’s too late for Earth? Will the League stick together permanently? Who or what will the new team face next?

Superman joins upSuperman joins upCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Special Extra Features

Many extras are included to cover production, costumes, character relationships and history etc.

  • Road to Justice –Comic book writers and artists talk of the history in comics of the Justice League. Video games, T.V.as well as comics from the 1940’s to present are discussed. Interesting!
  • The Return of Superman consists of two scenes in which the revived Superman finds his suit and visits Batman’s servant Alfred. Cool but not necessary for the film.
  • Heart of Justice focuses on the big three; Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman representing justice, hope and love. Each actor talks about his or her character and how they interact. Again, interesting.
  • Technology of the Justice League – This extra focuses on Batman’s vehicles, Flash’s tech and Cyborg’s alien tech. Details of costumes are shown. Cool but where is Wonder Woman?
  • In Justice League: The New Heroes we focus on the development of Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash introduced by Cyborg himself, Ray Fisher. Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller talk about training as well. Really informative.
  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror is all about the movie’s villain and his comic history. Ciarin Hinds, who voices him, talks about the Mother Box and more. Interesting.
  • Scene Studies are a series of detailed looks at some key scenes in the film. Revisiting the Amazons, Wonder Woman Rescue, Heroes’ Park and The Tunnel Battle are covered. Details are fun especially buff, shirtless Henry Cavill!
  • Suit Up: The Look of the League gives details on all the costumes. Gal tries on the Batman cowl, design, using new fabrics and more is discussed. Love this!

Alfred works on Batman's equipmentAlfred works on Batman's equipmentCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Wrapping Up

This home entertainment set does contain some fun details in the extras. Do miss a gag/blooper reel and there is no audio commentary however. The Justice League film is full of pros and cons. It’s definitely cool to see all these superheroes together but we have to learn backstories of the newer team members quickly as well as keep track of a weird, hard to trace plot and a villain that is under-developed, especially for fans who don’t read the comics. But, there is enough humor and bonding to make the movie enjoyable.

Wonder Woman stands for JusticeWonder Woman stands for JusticeCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

This Blu-ray set looks and sounds clean and crisp and it is cool to finally see a group of DC heroes together in one film. We go three stars.

Justice League Blu-ray Rating: 3

Justice League Blu-rayJustice League Blu-rayCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

You can buy Justice League Tuesday, March 13th

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