‘Injustice’ Review – An Interesting Take On A Beloved Story

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Well, I watched the new Injustice animated film and I don’t know where I stand with the film, which I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Don’t get me wrong, the animation and voice acting was fine, but the film can make hardcore fans of Injustice question the writing choices that were made. Let’s jump right into the spoiler-free review for Injustice.

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Injustice is an animated film that was based on the popular fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, and the comics by Tom Taylor. The film takes place in an alternate world where Joker has tricked Superman into killing Lois Land and their unborn child, which has pushed the Man of Steel to the edge. With Superman seeing red, he has decided to take matters into his own hands and decided that he dictate humanity to make sure there will never be evil on Earth, no matter what. It’s up to Batman and his new assembled team to take down this new dictator Superman.

I thought the story was just alright. I’ve been a fan of Injustice for years now, so I’m familiar with the story and all of the lore. The film definitely had it’s own interpretation of the story, which I was completely fine with, but oh man. When that third act played out, that’s when the film killed me. I was like “No way this film did not just do this and wasted something so important now?!” When the credits rolled I just took a deep sigh. There’s also some scenes that bothered me as well, but that’ll be spoiler territory.

Again, the story was just alright, but there’s just some things that should be saved for a sequel and not thrown in the final moments of the film.

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I thought the animation and action was badass. A lot scenes looked really fluid, which I enjoyed. Also, if you played the games, the film does throw in some nods that will make you smile. My favorite scene that really did it for me was the fight that broke out in Arkham Asylum.

The score was pretty good. I felt like the music cues were just right, especially in the early moments of the film. Also, I thought the fight scenes had nice sounding hits. When Batman used his knee to attack an enemy, I felt that. I love me some good sound in any media (which is why I enjoy watching films in huge theaters or have great headphones for music), so the film did a good job.

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I liked the cast for the film. One thing is for sure, Justin Hartley did one hell of a job as Superman! Let me not forget Janet Varney as Wonder Woman because I thought she did great. When came to Anson Mount, some moments of his Batman worked for me and some didn’t, but that’s just me.

Overall, the casting for the film was solid. If there is a sequel I wouldn’t mind seeing the same cast again.

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Injustice just slightly missed the mark for me. I had some fun with it, but as a fan of the games and comics, there’s just things I can’t let slide. The animation and the performances helped the film, so there’s that. If there’s a sequel, depending on the reception for the film, please don’t throw things in it just to get it out the way, plus there’s years of story to pull from.

I think DC fans should give the film a chance, but if you’re a hardcore fan of Injustice, just know that it’s going to rub you the wrong way.

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