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Review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

Review: ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’
  • On March 23, 2021

Three out of Five Stars

By Julie Newell
Associate Editor

The DC film “Justice League” was released in 2017 and was a big flop in the box office. It caused Warner Bros. to rethink the future of DC films.

On March 18, 2021, Warner Bros. released what is being known as the “Snyder’s Cut” of the “Justice League” movie. The reason behind this is because, during post-production of the 2017 film, director Zack Snyder dropped out of the movies after the death of his daughter.

This left the movie to be finished by another uncredited director. At that point, the movie underwent many changes, making it into the film we have today.

Many fans were curious about how the movie would have been if Snyder hadn’t left. They requested a release of Snyder’s version of the movie. After much deliberation, Warner Bros. decided to release “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” exclusively on the streaming service HBO Max.

Snyder’s Cut is four hours long and takes on a much more serious and darker tone. Most of the humor from the theatrical release was taken out, and a new villain was introduced along with the original villain.

I found Snyder’s Cut to be too dark and serious. I understand that DC movies tend to be dark and have a serious tone, but this felt like it was too dark and too serious. I disliked how most of the humor was removed. I disliked the music changes, and I felt there were many scenes that could have been cut shorter.

Cinematically the movie was great. It had unique camera angles and adding in the extra villain added an extra layer to the movie.

However, Snyder created this movie with the idea that there would be more Justice League movies in the future. But after the theatrical release bombed, Warner Bros. decided to focus on individual movies.

Snyder’s cut created a lot of buildup for more movies that are now no longer an option. Therefore it left a lot of questions and confusion by the end of the movie.

Overall, Snyder’s Cut was not bad, but I prefer the theatrical release.