- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Wonder Woman getting incredibly excited over ice cream. It's been quite a contested scene among fans.
- Broken Base: Even before it was released it was already causing one; fans of the arc it's based on are happy, while those who hate the New 52 and didn't want it reflected into other media projects are not. And there are also those who just plain don't like the arc, or wish DC had gone with an older story to adapt or maybe some other New 52 arc.
- Complete Monster: Darkseid, Lord of Apokolips, seeks to conquer the Earth and add it to his dark empire. Having many humans abducted to be agonizingly mutated into his Parademons, Darkseid launches attacks on the Earth, bombing entire cities before being driven back. Later responsible for unleashing Doomsday to run rampant so it will kill Superman, Darkseid killed the wife of Hank Henshaw and corrupted him into the Cyborg Superman, using him to help Darkseid come to Earth where he intends to obliterate Metropolis and then take over the world in bloody conquest.
- Contested Sequel: Very much so. Some people think it's another solid animated film, while others find it the worst yet. At the very least it's generally agreed to be one of the funniest DCU Animated Films.
- Ending Fatigue: Impressive on a technical level as it is, the final battle with Darkseid (and Superman's rescue from Apokolips) takes a very long time. The feeling is not helped by the sheer amount of action scenes through the rest of the movie.
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The film isn't just dark, it's incredibly mean-spirited to the point of being petty, and the majority of its heroes are completely unsympathetic, egotistical jerks.
- Designated Hero: Green Lantern is an Too Dumb to Live Jerkass, Superman is a straight-up thug, Wonder Woman cares more about fighting than actually being an Ambassador, Batman is...well...Batman and Shazam is literally a spoiled brat in a man's body, and yet the audience is expected to root for them.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- In Ben 10, Steve Blum voiced Vilgax (a role he later reprised in Omniverse), who's an Expy of Darkseid. Here, he lends his voice to Darkseid himself.
- Batman telling Green Lantern he is not a vampire. Wrong animated movie, Hal.
- Alan Tudyk, who voices Superman, played Van Wayne, Bruce's cousin who always wanted super powers, in the short lived series Powerless (2017).
- True to the tradition of Star Wars movies looking suspiciously similar to the New Gods, Supreme Leader Snoke looks near-identical to this version of Desaad.
- Replacement Scrappy: Many fans have expressed anger at the decision to replace Aquaman with Shazam, especially because the New 52 has proven to be a new lease on life for Aquaman.
- Strangled by the Red String: Wonder Woman and Superman falling in love can basically be summed up by Wonder Woman seeing him in action, saying he is strong, flirting for one second with him, and then the two acting more or less like if they are in a relationship for the rest of the movie.
- Strawman Has a Point: The protest group against Wonder Woman brings up some pretty valid points about superheroes; they have every right to be worried, not just about the massive amounts of property damage that the heroes (save for Flash) cause on a regular basis, but that the very idea of people who may as well be demigods is pretty terrifying to the general public.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Some characters can come across as this, as we are supposed to feel sorry that the population are in fear of them or outright hate them. However, the moment we actually meet them, it's quite understandable as to why they feel this way. Turns out there's a good reason the Flash is the only hero with a positive public image, when everyone else on the team (barring Cyborg, whose origin occurs in the movie) is reckless, egotistical, or Batman.
YMMV / Justice League: War