TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - February 15, 2018
Love or hate Justice League, the one thing you've got to be happy about is the film's portrayal of Superman. After two films of Superman being a mopey s.o.b. with a fetish for collateral damage, it was refreshing to see him finally grow into the character we all know and love. His mid-credits sequence with Flash, seen above, is a great encapsulation of this, terrible cgi mustache removal notwithstanding.
This was a fun scene that ultimately had zero storytelling stakes, unlike the absolutely ballsy post-credits sequence...
Taking a page right out of the Marvel playbook, this scene sets up a potential threat from the Injustice League. There's only a couple of problems with this scene. The biggest problem, of course, is that it presumes that this universe is moving forward. It feels like those god awful post-credits sequences from the two Amazing Spider-Man movies where they're essentially saying, "Look, we know this movie was garbage, but come back for the next one. It's gonna be super sweet." There's only so much teasing people can take.
The other major problem is that it would involve committing to Jesse Eisenberg's hugely divisive Lex Luthor as a once and future antagonist. Outside of myself—who appreciated his performance for its absolutely bonkers quality—I can't think of anyone who wants to see his Luthor leading an Injustice League of any sort.
Look, it's cool and all, but it will be consigned to the dustbin of history with the aforementioned ASM movies, as well as Super Mario Brothers' "You're not gonna believe this" ending and other teases that never came to fruition. Poor Joe Manganiello. You've gotta feel for the guy, being promised this role, then being allowed to play it, when there's clearly no future for the character in the DCEU. Oh well, he can cry himself to sleep on Sofia Vergara's gigantic breasts, so don't feel too bad. Justice League is available now on Digital HD and arrives on DVD & Blu-ray March 13.