Beginning November 3rd, only weeks prior to the release of Justice League, Warner Bros. unleashed several clips for our viewing pleasure. What was of noticeable excellence of the two were the visuals of the scenes released. Most notably, we previously gave harsh criticism for the visual effects and rendering of Batman v Superman’s ‘shiny’ Doomsday VFX. Only here, the CGI for Steppenwolf – albeit noticeably and remarkably minimal – comes across as photo-realistic in the few seconds we see of his portrayal.
Nevertheless, each clip signifies character development and progression. For those unknown to us, insights are portrayed even in the slightest of mannerisms and actions taken. While this should be the praise of triumph bestowed upon a film that finally seems to have gotten it right, the biggest detraction seems to be the score.
Danny Elfman’s score as provided in the clips seems underwhelming, dissatisfying and overall, disappointing. In all honesty, the weakest element of the released scenes is in no way the visuals, direction or dialog. Instead, the glaring, overt failing of the clips released rests squarely on Danny Elfman’s shoulders. The score as attached to the scenes feels noticeably Elfman-esque. Nevertheless, it lacks any form of cohesion with what one would expect let alone feel of the Justice League as seen on screen.
Although, I”m still excited for Justice League, I regret to report that I anticipate a negative reception to Eflman’s score as it seems underwhelming, docile and complacent. It feels like what one thinks when you hear “studio mandated”.
It’s my hope that the release of the Justice League Soundtrack will alleviate and assuage my concerns.
UPDATE: Several more clips have been released showcasing the CGI of both the villain Steppenwolf, the exteriors and then some. Every fiber of my being is screaming that this may very well be a train-wreck of a film after all.