After a four-year-long wait, the fabled four-hour Snyder’s Cut of Justice League was released last month on HBO Max. Despite all the failure that DC faced recently in terms of movies, their fans had maintained throughout that the 2017 Justice League film would have been far better if Jack Snyder had been able to complete it. And after months of campaigning by these fans, DC gave in and the original director’s cut was released. But was it worth the wait?
What went right:
To start with, Snyder’s version is much more coherent and engaging, with each of the characters having a clearer background story, whereas the 2017 theatrical cut was more of a completely action-packed film. The famous comic-book style visual approach of Snyder can be noticed glaringly in this film. His heroes and villains are usually always shown as larger-than-life, and the shots, VFX and action sequences all look much more visceral and grand than before.
What went wrong :
Despite all this, the four-hour duration seems quite long to remain engaging, with noticeable fan-appeasing and irrelevant details. A lot of time seems to be wasted on character and story arcs which are most likely going to stay unfulfilled, as no new plans for Snyderverse have emerged yet.
How the fans reacted:
That said, the hardcore DC fans loved the Snyder Cut and it was praised to the skies by the ones who had fought for its release. According to several of them, the Snyder Cut is the best film DC has ever produced. Even those who are critical of the film have had to agree that it’s far superior to its 2017
version. The characters are all given their own grand moments to shine, and the fans naturally have a lot to cheer about.
Among these grand heroic moments in this version, one of the most significant is the epilogue scene with Joker which was a completely new scene. Here, Joker taunts Batman about his past, and we come to know that both Robin and Harley Quinn have died. Joker also mentions in this scene that Batman had let Lois Lane die.
The end, Bruce Wayne wakes up as if from a nightmare. As fans start speculating about what it all could have meant, or that it’s real, Snyder himself revealed that “The revelation of the scene is that Harley is dead, and Batman was there in that moment. As well as that somehow Joker has to help Batman fix the world. Which is all part of this post-apocalyptic nightmare reality we were gunning toward in the second and third movies.” To his and his fans’ disappointment, there are no new plans for these movies in sight.
Some Behind-The-Scene from Zack Snyder's: Justice League
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films.
Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and superhero films, including 300 (2007), Watchmen (2009), Man of Steel (2013) and its upcoming sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Snyder is the co-founder of Cruel and Unusual Films, a production company he established in 2004, alongside his wife Deborah Snyder and producing partner Wesley Coller.
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