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The DC Comics answer to the Avengers is here. Justice League pits Batman (Ben Afflick), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason “Drogo” Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) against an ancient and powerful villain. The first act, which sets up the conflict, is good. The second act, where the league confront the villain and are revealed as unable to defeat him, is solid. Unfortunately, the film falls apart for me in the third act.
Spoiler Alert …
In the third act, our old pal Kal El (Henry Cavill) is resurrected from the dead. The league are then forced to enter a final battle for the future of Earth with the villain. Just when things are looking hopeless, the invincible man shows up and fixes everything. As usual, the man of steel destroys what was an epic battle, acting as a deus ex machina, removing all tension from the remainder of the film.