By Heywood Jablomi
I got published three times this week, damn
Justice League has received much criticism for having a bad villain, continuity errors from reshoots, lame CG, upper lip issues, awful dialogue, and generally not being a very good movie. But in the year and a half since its release, there’s something that no one’s seemed to mention that hasn’t seemed to have gotten any attention: the plot is completely ripped off from the Legend of Zelda classic The Wind Waker!
Let’s take a look at the villain, Steppenwolf. The fact that he’s entirely composed of CGI makes him look very cartoony, he’s not of the same species as any of the heroes, and he’s one of the “new gods”, an intentional allusion to powerful deities. In Wind Waker, Ganondorf is the only Gerudo seen in the game, the art style makes him (and everything else) cartoony, and as established in Skyward Sword, all versions of Ganondorf are reincarnations of Demise, a powerful being from a land beyond the mortal world.
Similar villains don’t mean much, though, considering how many villains are samey, but keep that in mind while I explain their evil schemes: Ganondorf wants to collect three macguffins (the parts of the triforce) in order to terraform the land and rule over it, while Steppenwolf… wants to collect three macguffins (much less interesting boxes) to terraform the land and rule over it. Both Link and Batman need to assemble a group of people to fight their opponents, too! Link (accompanied by the King of Red Lions) finds Medli, Makar, and eventually Princess Zelda, while Batman (accompanied by Wonder Woman) finds the Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and eventually Superman; and both of them encompass people of different genders across different species to fight a common opponent.
While I’m certain the good folks over at Nintendo who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into crafting this game must’ve noticed how Justice League stole their entire plot, they’ve evidently been kind enough to not pursue action. Of course, that may just be because they’d be throwing stones in glass houses: don’t even get me STARTED on how Majora’s Mask ripped off Into the Woods.