Right off the bat (oh no, the puns have already started), I’ll admit that giving a list the title of reasons why it might not suck sounds like a backhanded compliment. At the same time, should we not all be a little apprehensive about Justice League? Yes, Wonder Woman turned out great but this still doesn’t change the fact that the three movies preceding it — Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad — have ranged from decent to downright awful. Plus, the man who directed two of those three movies — Zack Snyder — is overseeing Justice League too, so what’s to say that he doesn’t simply fall back on his mistakes from those films and just deliver the same mediocre experience again? Well, believe it or not, Justice League actually has quite a bit going for it and even though there is a very good chance that it will turn out to be a huge mess, there are legitimate reasons to be hopeful for its success.
Justice League comes out on Nov. 17. Let’s hope Warner Bros. gets this one right!
10. Joss Whedon
Setting aside the recent controversy surrounding his ex-wife Kai Cole’s scathing essay about his alleged affairs and other unsavory conduct, Joss Whedon is a talented filmmaker who can generally be relied upon to deliver a crowd-pleasing movie. Brought on earlier this year to help see Justice League through to completion following Zack Snyder’s departure due to a family emergency, Whedon oversaw reshoots and has an official writing credit on the film.
For better or worse, Justice League is still very much Zack Snyder’s baby and this is something that Warner Bros. and Whedon have emphasized repeatedly, no doubt to downplay the idea that The Avengers director would be coming in to shake everything up. Still, no matter how big or small Whedon’s contributions to Justice League end up being, the film can only be better for his involvement, given his skill in managing large ensemble casts and affection for the source material.