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  • 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.
  • Designated Hero: Green Lantern is an Too Dumb to Live Jerkass, Superman is a straight-up thug (or seems that way, with Batman noting, "You bruise, but you don't kill, do you... Clark."), Wonder Woman cares more about fighting than actually being an Ambassador, and Shazam is literally a spoiled brat in a man's body, and yet the audience is expected to root for them.
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  • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Ultimately, the future League's victory against Darkseid was All for Nothing. As seen in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, it didn't matter that they stopped Darkseid here, he ultimately won and the victory they had to take Earth back was at best a Pyrrhic Victory and such of one that the Flash needed to do a Cosmic Retcon again to the whole universe to undo it — and the whole DCAMU.
    • On a similar vein, there's a moment, while Batman, Green Lantern and Superman all fight together against Parademons for the first time, in which Green Lantern is overwhelmed by the Parademons in a way that is strikingly similar to how he dies in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Batman tells Green Lantern he is not a vampire. In Justice League: Gods and Monsters, which was released in the following year, Batman would ironically be portrayed as said monster.
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    • In the Elseworld storyline DC vs. Vampires, in which a group of vampires are infiltrating the superhero community and turning them. In an amusing reversal, one of the earliest sired superheroes is Green Lantern himself, who later tries to pin the blame of the conspiracy on Batman by pretending he was the vampire ringleader. In that same series, Green Arrow echoes this movie's Hal's theory that he thought Batman was a vampire due to his night motif.
  • Memetic Mutation: GIFs of the scene where Green Lantern flies towards Darkseid only to get swatted aside and pummeled by two Parademons while he's on the ground have become shorthand for a Curb-Stomp Battle, sometimes with different characters Photoshopped over Hal, Darkseid, and/or the Parademons.
  • 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. And there's also the matter of, much like the comic it's based on, Cyborg similarly replacing the Martian Manhunter.
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  • 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. It doesn't help that these living gods (and Batman) are generally varying flavors of Jerkass, ranging from Ax-Crazy Wonder Woman and her tendency to randomly assault people or stick swords in their faces, to generally-douchey Hal Jordan.
  • 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.

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