When Justice League dropped in 2017, it was met with hardened disappointment from fans & casual moviegoers across the board. Most of us knew going in that the film would not be what we thought it would because of Zack Snyder’s departure & Joss Whedon taking over as director, which meant that the pieces Snyder had perfectly put in place would now be shuffled around or overall replaced. Fans demanded that WB release the Snyder Cut to Justice League, which was initially said not to exist but eventually emerged from the shadows pushed only by the fans’ will.
The Snyder Cut was officially released on HBO Max & other platforms today & is a long film being 4 hours & 2 seconds long & is not an overall different film but is instead a fuller & more fleshed-out piece of beauty. Snyder’s Justice League follows Batman (Ben Affleck) & Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) as they try to band together Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Flash (Ezra Miller) & Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to stop Steppenwolf from gathering the three Motherboxes that if combined will end the world as we know it.
Snyder’s Cut is sweet bliss compared to the theatrical release headed by Wheadon. This film is emotionally action-packed, thrilling & bloody! Yes, I said bloody. The R-rating is well-deserved & doesn’t feel forced at all. The new/fleshed-out scenes didn’t drag & make me want to grab my phone or nod off but kept me thoroughly engaged! There’s nothing in this film that’ll have you wanting to sit through another showing of the 2017 film. This film is complete & even with a 4hour runtime doesn’t feel overstuffed.
Ray Fisher stole the show hands-down! When Snyder said that Ray Fisher is the “Heart of his Justice League.” he meant it. Cyborg was so fleshed-out here that it makes me legitimately want to see more from Fisher’s Cyborg in the future. We got the chance to feel that emotional connection between Victor & Silas Stone (Joe Morton). I will admit that I initially didn’t care for Miller’s take on Barry, but this film made me change my mind. Wow. I don’t want to go into spoilers, but Snyder gave Barry more to do here, especially in the final act.
Affleck, Gadot, Momoa & Cavill were still as solid as they were in the original cut, but Snyder made them feel more grounded & alive here. The scene where Diana first showed up was great! Oh, man! If you were taken back by the happy & joking Batman in the theatrical cut, you can relax knowing that has been erased.
Steppenwolf is terrific in this film. His story & his scenes are powerful. I sympathized with him in this cut & no, it wasn’t because he has sad puppy eyes. You actually can understand why Steppenwolf is doing what he’s doing even though his success would mean the destruction of the world. I can honestly say that out of all the supervillains we’ve seen in recent superhero films, Steppenwolf deserves the crown. Not only was he truly intimidating, but his sadness & his seeking of forgiveness from Darkseid really made me feel for his character. Steppenwolf was indeed very different from the supervillains we’ve seen lately. I also enjoyed the scenes that Darkseid appeared in, even though they were few. However, his presence alone makes you want to see more from his character, which I hope we see soon.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is an excellent film & has no seeable flaws. I enjoyed every last second of this film & hope that we’ll see a revival of Snyder’s universe on the big screen.