Injustice (2021)
78 min|Animation, Action, Adventure|19 Oct 2021
6.3Rating: 6.3 / 10 from 8,076 usersMetascore: N/A
On an alternate Earth, the Joker tricks Superman into killing Lois Lane, which causes a rampage in the hero. Superman decides to take control of Earth, Batman and his allies will have to attempt to stop him.

After releasing one of the best Batman stories, Batman: The Long Halloween Part 1 & 2, Warner Bros Animation has released Injustice with a myriad of superheroes. Injustice is a DC animated film adaptation of the popular video game of the same name directed by Matt Peters. Like most high-quality DC home video animated films, is Injustice able to match other films?

Once upon a time, in one of DC’s parallel universes, namely Earth-22, the Joker, who was tired of playing with Batman in Gotham City, has turned to Metropolis. Unmitigated, the Joker turns out to have big plans for Superman. His girl, Lois Lane, who is currently pregnant, has been kidnapped by the Joker and Harley Quinn. The Joker turns out to plant a nuclear bomb trigger in Lois’ heart; when it stops, the City of Metropolis will be destroyed. Cunningly, the Joker managed to outwit Superman, and he accidentally killed Lois, and of course, the city of Metropolis was destroyed by a nuclear bomb. Superman was furious with his revenge. This incident made him sick of all forms of crime and threatened death for all individuals who committed it. Batman, who saw this overreaching action, finally formed a team to block Superman’s intentions.

The premise is fascinating, especially for DC superhero connoisseurs. The character of Batman, which we are familiar with for his principles and ideals, which the Joker often tests, is a long tradition that makes Batman a BATMAN. But now, when Superman gives the test, will he be strong enough to accept it? This is the big premise of the story, and Superman is not Batman. Good intentions do not necessarily lead to good actions. Superman goes out of control by using his powers to force his will. The act of killing, which is one of the highest ethical codes for superheroes that Justice League members must not violate, has now been suppressed by Superman. This inner and physical conflict between Batman and Superman is an exciting spectacle. Batman has brains, but Superman has muscles.

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Unfortunately, this exciting premise cannot be supported by a solid story development. One reason is that there are too many superhero figures (like the video game). Some of DC’s iconic big superheroes seem to pass by with completely unimportant roles. Major superheroes fell without any strong emotional ties with the audience. The exciting premise begins to fade, with the development of the story is weak. The climax feels anticlimactic. With such a quick and easy finish, the antagonist also doesn’t get the revenge he deserves for his action.

Injustice presents a video game adaptation of the DC superhero story with a development that isn’t as promising as its premise. Tribute to the video game is also used by presenting the “fatality” action of Superman when he beats his enemy with his distinctive style. Overall the action is very entertaining, but what’s the point if it doesn’t have a strong story. The premise can be made more exciting and intense by raising the personal conflict between Batman and Superman. Injustice proved to fail to match the quality of previous DC animated films. But at least, the story of this film is still much better than most of the theatrical versions of the DCEU films.

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His hobbies are watching films since he was a child and exploring the theory and history of film self-taught after graduating from an architectural study. He began writing articles and film reviews from 2006. Because of his experience, the writer was drawn into the teaching staff of a private Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta to teach Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory from 2003 to 2019. His debut book is Memahami Film (Understanding Films/2008) which separates film art as narrative and cinematic. His second book, Memahami Film (Understanding Films - Second Edition/2017), has now been published. These two books are favourite references for film and communication academics throughout Indonesia. He was also fully involved in writing the Compilation Book of the Montage Film Bulletin Vol. 1-3 as well as 30 best-selling Indonesian films 2012-2018. Until now, he still writes film reviews and is actively involved in all film productions in the Montase Film Community. Full bio can be viewed on the site.


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