Opinion · Review

Zach Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ ‘marvels’ audiences: Thrilling, gritty and visually stunning

Hayden Cole

Lantern Staff

5/5 Lanterns

The original release of the live action Justice League in 2017 was, to say the least, disappointing. It fell flat and failed to impress.

Justice League follows Batman, played by Ben Afleck, and Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, who recruit other well known avengers to try to save the world. Directors Joss Whedon and Snyder’s versions of the film are both available on HBO Max. Youtube Trailer

Granted, it is hard to compete with Marvel. Still, not many people found the film enjoyable–not enough story, not enough action and not enough thought went into the design. Part of the reason the film was so disappointing is the sudden change of directors. Before they finished shooting, Zach Snyder had to step away from the project because of a family tragedy. Warner Brothers brought in Joss Whedon to finish the film. #ReleasetheSnydercut blew up on social media as fans wanted to see Zach Snyder’s true vision for the Justice League. For years fans of DC comics demanded Warrner Bros. to release Snyder’s version of the movie. The studio leaked details about the movie to see how people would react. On Thursday, March 18, HBO MAX released the Snyder cut. The reaction has been outrageously positive. People are so happy about how much better the Snyder cut truly is than the original.

At four hours and two minutes, the Snyder cut is very long. However, it is most certainly not lacking in plot development or action. Of the six protagonists three (Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Superman) have had solo movies, so it was no surprise that Snyder went for an in depth look at Barry Allen, also known as the Flash, (played by Ezra Miller), Cyborg, also known as Victor Stone (played by Ray Fisher) and Bruce Wayne, or Batman (played by Ben Affleck), and who they are and where they came from.

The film also looks very visually different from the theatrical cut. Steppenwolf, the primary antagonist of the film, has a very different look. In the original, he looked like monster from Clash of the Titans (81). In the Snyder cut, he more closely resembles a transformer with his mechanical armor. The film also takes the time to introduce the character who will likely be the long term villain in the DC franchise, Darkseid–who would be to DC, what Thanos was to Marvel. The film’s use of music was also very interesting, having scenes where characters spoke no dialogue while music played, which coneys the characters’ though process.

Overall, the film was very impressive–Its in depth looks at the origins and conflicts of the characters both good and bad. The difference in design between the original and the Snyder cut is night and day. Without question, the Snyder cut is the superior movie. It does have an R rating along with language and violence that might not be suitable for young children. Simply put, the film was very good. 5/5 Lanterns

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