Justice League has landed and, in many ways, it's the most disappointing film in Warner Bros' DC franchise so far. The worst? Not by a long shot, but the long-awaited team-up had the potential to be much more.
Man of Steel and Batman v Superman's tonal misfires could have been chalked up to experimentation and lessons should have been learned from the brash mess that was Suicide Squad. Combine all of this with everything that worked from Wonder Woman's stellar solo debut and the series should have been onto a winner.
Sadly, Zack Snyder and his creative team played it too safe with Justice League, delivering a by-the-numbers comic book adaptation and a generic Hollywood blockbuster. The number of creative risks and surprises on show were on par with the minutes of screen time Lex Luthor was given before the end credits: zero.
The movie was by no means terrible, but when some of the most iconic comic characters of all time are uniting on the big screen for the first time, it should have been something special, an unforgettable event, but it was quite the opposite.
It was a tale of nearly and almost, but with these key fixes in place, Justice League might have lived up to its lofty potential.