Tomorrow night the moment finally arrives. The Justice League debuts.
I have literally loved these characters since the age of three. I loved Super Friends, I loved the subsequent Super Powers, I loved all of the Batman, Superman, and Aquaman cartoons in-between. I’ve followed their comic book stories from the Detroit era to the Bwa-ha-ha era to the Big Seven era all the way to modern day. I have studied them, dove into their backstories from years long past, even researched the creative minds that spawned them.
I have longed to see these characters, together, on screen. I am not joking when I tell you that this is a dream come true for me. It seemed like such a simple thing, such a no-brainer, and even though it almost happened a while back, I feared this moment would never actually arrive. Not an actual Justice League live-action, big-budget, Hollywood movie. But it has. It’s happening.
These heroes were with me in elementary school, junior high, high school, and college. They were there when I started my career, when I married my wife, during the birth of both my children, and throughout my Master’s. They have been with me as I made new friends, lost loved ones, experienced tremendous joy, as well as awful lows. Though they are fictional characters, they have always existed within my imagination, and they have never stopped being my heroes.
When I soon see them bigger than life, it will not be as actors wearing costumes. It will not be just a “comic book” movie to me. I will not dissect every line of dialogue, nor will I critique the likely plot holes. I will love this movie unconditionally, because I love these characters unconditionally, because, in my mind, they have always loved me unconditionally. That may sound silly to some, but to others, you know exactly of what I speak.
This will be more than just a movie to me. This will an experience. This will be a realization.
I’m all in on Justice League–always have been, always will be.