Synopsis: Zack Snyder’s Justice League finally tells the story he intended. In this new version, we see new footage, new elements to DC’s cinematic universe. Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) must put the Justice League together, to ward off impending doom . . .
Zack Snyder’s Justice League brings to the screen the culmination of the original vision of the movie, by Zack Snyder. For example, the feature is considerably longer. But the length itself, isn’t what makes the film so different. What does, is that everything feels more linear. Furthermore, the characterization is done in far more detail, and as a result is much more nuanced. In particular, we see a much more developed version of Cyborg (Ray Fisher). This helps to establish the importance of his inclusion within DC’s Justice League.
As with the original release, Darkseid is behind the impending attack. And, Steppenwolf is his minion. Here, though, it’s possible to feel a little pity for him. But that doesn’t stop you enjoying seeing Superman absolutely hammer his ass! Now, that is fun. Another fun element is Ezra Miller as The Flash. The awkward, bumbling aspect to the character provides light relief, in what is a quite serious film.
By the end of the film, everything feels resolved, and we get an alternate ending. Seeing Martian Manhunter is awesome, and such a reminder gives us hope that DC might go there, if there’s ever a direct sequel to this troubled project. The way things are left, in this version, that very much seemed to be what was planned. Based on this, it would be a good film, if Snyder was again at the helm of it.
The case for Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, was strengthened by this cut of the film. Affleck clearly knows who Batman is, and is a massive fan of the character. The grit behind the character was caught well, and his Bruce Wayne was a convincing one. Affleck embodied the heroism of a man who has no powers, but a lot of heart and a serious temper, when you piss him off. A great job.
Overall, the casting was strong. What was great to see was more of interactions, between the members of The Justice League. As mentioned, Ezra Miller provided comedic elements, with Jason Momoa as Aqua Man also chipping in with a few quips. Gal Gadot, as Wonder Woman, continues to show us why she’s cut out for the role. She’s awesome with her many action scenes performed superbly.
CGI & Effects
If there was a gripe, it’s that the CGI of Darkseid looked a little fake. But the character did appear as possibly imagined in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War . However, it wasn’t enough to spoil things. There was much more action involving Steppenwolf. Not easy to bring such a character to the big screen, so no real points dropped there. Generally, some well designed sequences, and the action never looked terrible. Fun effects fact: Henry Cavill had a moustache when doing reshoots for the original movie, for his role in Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018). But, it was digitally removed! he talks about it here. If you want to know more, or see Superman with a tache, then keep checking May The Verse Be With You, which will be covering that exact topic sometime in the next few weeks!
A decent offering, and nice way for DC fans to finally get the film they’ve waited for. When news hit Snyder’s cut was coming, it seemed it may just be an indulgence. Yes, some of the film’s early scenes are a little “artsy”. But they add to the atmosphere of the film. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is worth the time it takes to sit through it. You get the pay off, after seeing how the team were assembled. Perhaps what most hit home was how important it is on projects to have a single vision. There’s a gulf of difference from the version we saw, and what Snyder wanted us to see. Any film that tops three hours and still hold your attention is a worthwhile project. Just as in Watchmen (2009) Snyder proves that sometimes, to telling a good story, takes a while. His full vision was impressive.
- CGI & Effects8.7
- Incidental Music9.2