“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” cut portrays the storyline of the “Justice League” better than the Joss Whedon cut.
As production on the original “JusticeLeague” was filming, Snyder had a family tragedy and bowed out of the project post-production. Warner Bros. then handed the directorial reins to Joss Whedon, who shot new scenes, inserted more comedy and tweaked Snyder’s original vision. When “JusticeLeague” debuted in theaters in November 2017, it resulted in a disappointing box-office run. Due to the original movie’s failure, Snyder’s fans argued he should be allowed to complete his cut of the film. This became the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, which lobbied Warner Bros. to release Snyder’s original cut. In May 2020, Warner Bros. announced they reached a deal with Snyder that would allow him to complete his initial vision.
Officially titled, “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” it has been released and is currently available to stream on HBO Max. The film’s run time is four hours, a completely different film than the 2017 cut.
Snyder’s film reimagines the original concept allowing him to tell a story the way he wanted without the studio telling him what to do for certain things and preventing some of the scenes and designs he wanted. While it’s not perfect, “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is a huge improvement on its theatrically released counterpart.
The movie is broken down into six parts and an epilogue. It’s easy to pause and find where you left off if you don’t have four hours to just sit and watch a movie. The movie doesn’t even summarize all the side-plots, character development and other machinations within the narrative. That time allows space and room for scenes to breathe, develop tension and build up the prospect of these heroes coming together to stop the bad guy. Snyder’s cut gives the audience a deeper back story for the characters being introduced in this film, which allows the audience to connect with the film and understand more of their actions. It’s also funnier than the theatrical cut, with the dialogue and character interactions feeling more natural. In addition to this, the film’s special effects are of far higher quality. Snyder’s love of a darker color pallet is prominent, and the camera takes time to linger on shots and locales. This lets us not feel rushed or like we missed anything.
Had this been edited down to a more traditional two-and-a-half or even a three-hour runtime, many of these added scenes would simply not be included. Personally, I think we needed the added background stories and extended scenes because it gave us the information Whedon’s cut lacked.
Additionally, there’s a “Knightmare” scene that showcases a dystopian future where Superman has become a villain. This scene is now having fans use #RestoreTheSnyderVerse to get Snyder to make a film following the “Knightmare” scene, even though Robert Pattinson is now the new batman; actors of “Justice League” said they would return only if Snyder was the director.
Overall, I must admit seeing the final product of Zack Snyder’s film is worth giving up four hours of your day. This is truly a film that stands out among the rest of the superhero movies and deserved all the hype it got.