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Justice League serves as beacon of hope

Warner Brothers Film

Directored by:  Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon

Starring: Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

In theaters now, Justice League is another cinematic, action-packed Marvel Comic movie that offers up laughter, suspense and a good storyline for audiences.

The film starts out in the gloomy existance of a world falling into darkness, where superheros are disappearing fast, and everyone is missing Superman, who died at the end of Batman vs. Superman.

Threatended with a common enemy, Batman gathers a small force of scattered and depressed heros who unite to save the planet against a formidable force.

The actors do well at balancing the hero personna with real-world personalities in a fictional version of modern society.

The film’s key moments are not so much filled with who will win, but how the League will win their battle against the dark force that is sending giant bug soldiers to spy. guard and attack as Steppenwolf collects power to destroy the world.

The film takes a superficial look at what it takes to be a leader, and what it means to leave no man behind.

It plunges into a monologue of hope, with voice-over by Wonder Woman, as Superman takes to the skies and Batman’s symbol reflects off the night’s darkness over Gotham.

The League then, takes a turn from the brroding flaws, sacrifices and isolation that other DC films have taken, and turns to the benefits of being a hero, of being different, and of having friends with whom one can relate.

The film also shows characters firgiving one another for past transgressions, and looking at ones accidental disasters as fortunes rather than misfortunes.

For these reasons, and the cool sneak peaks at the end of the film and the end of the credits, this movie is worth a visit to the theater.

It is a film that is remeniscent of the films of the 1930s, when happy endings were all the craze, and stories of hope were not so hokey.

Maybe it does not hurt to have heros defeat the bad guys and talk about the hope for a better future, even as the future promises to challenge that hope every step of the way.