The wait is over,'Justice League' is here

I must admit, I am a bit surprised.  The DC Universe looked like it was having trouble with the not-so-well-received “Batman v Superman:  Dawn of Justice” in 2016. Now, with the release of “Justice League,” the DC Universe can breathe a sigh of relief.

Director Zack Snyder delivers the goods in virtually every single department, humor included. I hate to admit it, but I think I might have liked this one even better than Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” in 2012.

Like the recently released “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Justice League” has a lot of humor woven into its storyline. Gone are the dreary end-of-the-world sagas that earmarked the majority of comic book-to-film related tales.

Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoma star in "Justice League."

Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoma star in "Justice League."

“Justice League” even makes reference to Mary Lambert’s Stephen King adaptation “Pet Sematary” in bringing back Henry Cavill’s man of steel, making the point that the dead do not always come back healthy.

Ezra Miller’s Flash persona makes jokes throughout this fun movie, even mentioning the fact he does not really like brunch too much since he does not get the food dynamic that has plagued Middle America.

The rest of the team includes Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).

“Justic League” manages to squeeze a lot into its 199-minute running time. Viewers also need to be warned, like the majority of the Marvel-based titles, audiences need to stay through the very end credits since a couple of the antagonists show their faces.

For good measure, Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Martha Kent (Diane Lane) make appearances, although brief, which add significance to the plot and story.

Also important to the storyline are Jeremy Irons and recent Oscar winner J. K. Simmons.  Irons is Alfred the butler, who aids the caped crusader (Affleck), while Simmons plays Commissioner Gordon who oversees everything in the city. Their contributions to the story are important.

Barry Allen’s dealings with his father (Billy Crudup, “Watchmen”) are also woven into the plot. Robin Wright portrays Antiope and Joe Morton, as Silas Stone, plays Cyborg’s father.

Also integral to the story is antagonist Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds), a villain who wants to take over and rule the world. His character and identity is that of pure evil, no bones about it.

“Justice League” delivers the goods in a big way. The cinematography by Fabian Wagner captures the right milieu for this involving flick. Composer Danny Elfman brings a certain beat and grace with his distinct musical sound.

Like I said earlier, I think I liked this one even better than Joss Whedon’s “Avengers.” I think I need to watch it again to find out.