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Film Review: Justice League

(Japanese translation below)

By Hotaka Kita

In the film Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman died when the villain Doomsday pierced his heart. After Superman's death, Batman realized the world was in danger. Batman thought that he couldn't save the world alone, so he decided to scout for four superhumans.

The name of the main villain in Justice League is Steppenwolf. He plans to conquer the world by collecting three powerful so-called “Mother Boxes.” When he collects all three Mother Boxes, he will obtain a powerful force. The heroes try their best to protect the world, but there are some obstacles.

This DC superhero film was released in 2017 by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was directed by Zack Snyder. The screenwriters are Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon. The cast includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf. Many other celebrated actors appear in this film.

The film’s action and special effects were filmed with the frequent use of green screens and computer graphics. Many things, such as Batman’s cape and Steppenwolf himself, were often created using computer graphics. One of the characters, Cyborg, has a body made by computer graphics. The precision of the computer graphics used for him is remarkable. In the making of this film, animation supervisor Simeon Duncombe and visual effects supervisor Anders Langlands comment in detail on how the film was shot. You can understand a few things from their comments.

Firstly, the film was shot both in the studio and outside. In accordance with the storyboard, the film was carefully rehearsed and filmed. Director Zack Snyder gave detailed acting instructions to the actors, and they listened to his instructions seriously.

The film crew used a lot of special effects. For example, they created a large square in the studio. They placed broken cars and concrete wreckage there to represent battle scenes. Sometimes, to film a scene of Batman jumping from a high place, the crew would set up a platform so high that it almost reached the ceiling of the studio. When filming outside, the crew attached explosive material to the building and blew it up.

Secondly, you can see that the filming of this movie was done in a relaxed atmosphere. Wonder Woman was joking around while wearing a Batman mask, and Aquaman took her sword and did something different from the original scene. When a good scene was shot, Director Zack Snyder praised all the cast members and film crew with a smile.

Finally, you can enjoy seeing a variety of DC heroes in this movie. The computer graphics and action are powerful. For those who know the story of DC heroes, you will enjoy this movie very much.


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