Superman (Linda Holmes) was nowhere to be found, so Batman (Glen Weldon) and I (Wonder W... okay, I see where this is an imperfect analogy) were forced to assemble a new superteam to discuss the new DC Comics blockbuster Justice League. So we brought in two of our dear pals — Tasha Robinson from The Verge and Daoud Tyler-Ameen from NPR Music — to discuss a great big mash-up of moods, stars and stories. It's a lot to take in.

For starters, director Zack Snyder had to leave the project partway through due to a family tragedy, giving way to co-screenwriter Joss Whedon, who'd directed The Avengers with a thoroughly different sensibility. And, speaking of varied sensibilities, you've then got Batman (Ben Affleck, clenched jaw, brooding), Superman (Henry Cavill, clenched jaw, idealistic) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot, terrific, from a movie everyone actually liked, now shot from leering angles), who co-star in a movie that's also supposed to launch franchises for The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa). So together, Glen, Tasha, Daoud and I try to flesh out what works and what doesn't in a movie with a lot going on.

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