Ben Affleck’s grim Batman, Gal Gadot’s lithe Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill’s dour Superman join fellow DC Comics superheroes the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) in their first joint fantasy adventure, Justice League.
They certainly have the combined clout to take on the movie’s supervillain, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds). But they are no match for their Marvel Comics rivals the Avengers when it comes to entertaining us. The Marvel bunch fizz with energy and wit. This lot are far too dark and brooding to be much fun, and they spend ages hanging around before we get to the action.
Still, Miller’s zippy newcomer adds some welcome spark, and it’s good to see Gadot’s Amazonian warrior back in the thick of things, even if most viewers will be more excited by the prospect of her second solo movie (due in 2019) than this so-so ensemble venture.
Certificate 12. Runtime 120 mins. Director Zack Snyder
Justice League available on Digital, and on Blu-ray & DVD from 26 March.