This is not a movie review. While I'm definitely ready to offer some opinions on the film, I'm not here to review the movie. You can find plenty of reviews already out there and there certainly won't be any spoilers found here. Rather, this is an appreciation article for one aspect of the "Justice League" movie (and other DC superhero/Zack Snyder films) that is done very well. Visually, "Justice League" looks pretty damn cool. It looks and feels dark and moody, like the pages of a comic have been brought to life. For everything that they don't get right, the visual mood of the DC superhero movies are stellar.
I said I was ready with some opinions, so let's get those out of the way first. "Justice League" isn't really a good movie. It's a mess with a lot going on and the audience can tell that somewhere along the line things got out of control. Whether it was the script, the direction, demands from the studio, the editing and cutting, or some combination of all these factors that didn't work and the movie isn't great. If we're honest though, there are worse movies out there. Despite all this, it looks very cool and from a purely visual standpoint they really get the tone spot on.
If you've seen Snyder's films before (a few that immediately come to mind include "300," "Sucker Punch," "Watchmen," and "Man of Steel") you know that he has a very distinct visual style that accompany his movies. Kudos to him and his team at least for the consistency. Dark, gloomy, moody, high contrast films with distinct color toning and a penchant for color pop. Stylistically you can usually identify a Snyder film from the visuals alone. This is something that many photographers and videographers aspire to; having a recognizable visual style. Think of it like the style itself being so recognizable that it's basically functions as your watermark.
"Justice League" and the other DC superhero movies look great. The colors work, the contrast works, the darker tones and gloomy vision all work well together. Regardless of whether or not the other aspects of the movies work, the visuals are definitely on point. When we start talking about grandiose cinematic universe and multiple interconnected movies, spin-offs, and sequels spread over many years the idea of having a strong visually identifiable style is a pretty attractive one.
As for whether or not these films are any good, despite any attractive visual flair, that's pretty subjective. Generally speaking, some will be good and some won't. As for whether any one studio's grand cinematic universe will leave a lasting impact only time will tell. It can be hard to look at the smaller components of the bigger picture sometimes, but try and separate the visuals from the rest of the movies. Do you like what you see? Do you think that if everything else fell into line too, would there be something epic here? If you've seen "Justice League" (or really anything else from the DC universe or from Snyder) leave a comment below. Let me know how you feel about the visuals in these films. If you can, try to concentrate purely on the visual components. What makes your eyes happy?