Almost two years ago, the comic-book company DC’s second Extended Universe (DCEU) movie ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ failed to become the slap-bang, dramatic superhero movie with chest-swelling heroism and joyful entertainment that fans dearly wished it would be. Instead, not only did it become an example of a Hollywood comic-book disaster, it also turned into a worldwide meme which christened it as the model of everything that could possible go wrong in a movie.

It is an understatement to say that DCEU brought many unsatisfactory movies, enough to make one think that their movies equal crude, badly directed cinema. The films have been one catastrophe after another; only Wonder Woman managed to break through the pattern (mostly due to the actor Gal Gadot’s shining-star acting). With such disappointing results, it’s not surprising that many fans have stuck to the original comics.

This November the latest blockbuster: ‘Justice League’ was set to make up for the deadly mistakes of its forefathers. Mostly directed by Zack Snyder, it brings several comic-book heroes together, from Ben Affleck’s Batman to the newer Aquaman played by Jason Momoa, to defeat the villain Steppenwolf along with his band of dark, fairy-like Parademons and retrieve ancient boxes of bursting energy known as the ‘Mother Boxes’.

The movie brought along a string of opinionated reviews, ranging from calling it ‘a broken film’ and a ‘grievous disappointment’ to a grudging acceptance of pleasant surprise as ‘an adequate high-spirited studio lark’. One strong review from the Chicago Sun-Tribune newspaper put in some serious criticism saying ‘Superheroes? More like super zeros.’ Despite all these comments and reviews, it seemed only fit to decide on its worth after seeing it myself along with other DC fans.

Remarkably I found that Justice League may not be the disaster that it seemed destined to.

The first minutes of the movie starts with a snapchat-like video of Superman (played by Henry Cavill) chatting with a group of gleeful kids after saving the day. In the 3-minute conversation, one statement really sticks out: ‘A man I knew used to say that hope was like your car keys,’ says Superman into the smartphone ‘It’s easy to lose, but if you dig around, it’s usually close by.’ And so, the movie starts with Hope and it doesn’t let you down.

Right from the beginning, each superhero is given in-depth character through scenes of backstory and playful antics between the characters. As well as serving as sneak-peeks for upcoming movies (such as ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Wonder Woman 2’), it gives the fans a view into the true nature of each of them which, due to the DCEU’s previous mistakes, can easily be misinterpreted. One particular highlight was the characterisation of The Flash, a superhero with the power of lightning speed. He is shown as a grand superhero but is given personality with his way of interaction and sense of humour. The film also shows him chilling out before going into lightning speed by taking yoga positions like the Tadasana and the Skandasana.

The movie also provides several narrative genres intertwined through the plot that can be suitable for a wide range of people, whether you enjoy terrific action scenes or belly-aching comedy.

There is, however, no doubt that ‘Justice League’ has its flaws; one major issue is that sections of the movie feel unfinished and choppy especially around the middle. This is to be expected as the director, Zack Snyder left the project halfway through, after the tragic suicide of his daughter. He was replaced by Joss Whedon, previous director of the ‘Avengers’ series. Production was troubled and expensive reshoots were made as well as cuts. Considering all, the film is seamless enough to understand and enjoy the plotline.

Fans also agreed that the movie just pulled under being an excellent, star quality movie due to a couple of minor issues. One fan commenting on the film's quality said that ‘There was good comic relief in Justice League, especially from The Flash and Batman, but there were also parts when I felt that great comedy opportunities were missed.’ Another controversial problem was Henry Cavill’s (Superman) digitally removed moustache. Grown for the ‘Mission: Impossible 6’, Cavill required his moustache intact forcing the VFX team of 'Justice League' to hurriedly send out hilariously dreadful attempts at CGI in order to meet the release date.

Despite its downfalls, this film has much potential and makes one hopeful as to where DCEU can go in the future. As a finished product, the movie is far superior to the infamous ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ but of course, has a long way to go for a blockbuster film that cost Warner Bros an eye-watering $300 million to produce.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Justice League' and in the end, is a pleasingly worthy movie that will make you laugh and allow you to reminiscence your favourite comic-book characters.