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JUSTICE LEAGUE | FILM PREVIEW

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Dir: Zack Snyder/Josh Whedon (12A 130 mins)

It’s the DC Comics Avengers movie with some very similar traits and characters to its Marvel counterparts. A rag-tag team of disparate super personalities assembled by a billionaire? For Robert Downey Jnr’s Tony Stark exchange Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. Some missing crystal-type things that have to be found before a baddie gets hold of them? For infinity stones swap mother boxes, and baddie Thanos for Steppenwolf. There’s the Spiderman-esque perky funster The Flash played by Ezra Miller, a Thor-like Aquaman played by Jason Momoa and more CGI than you can shake a stick at. There is however DC’s secret weapon, Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot’s Amazonian was a runaway success in her heartfelt origin story this year and who earlier was frankly the only ray of light in the gloomy Batman Vs Superman. Whether she can buck the po-faced trend of other DC movies remains to be seen, but the tone of this epic crowded outing does seem to be lighter. Joss Whedon has finished the film following a family tragedy that took Zack Snyder away from its completion. Whether this will have any artistic impact is open to question. Hopefully this won’t feel sluggish, overcrowded and too familiar: there will however be slow motion. DC superheroes assemble!

Opens November 17

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