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Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) Review

What an incredible journey this has been. Since the original release of Justice League back in 2017 and its underwhelming release hit cinemas, fans have been patiently waiting for this moment to arrive. After leaving the project after his daughter passed away, Zack Snyder’s original vision for the film was torn apart from Warner Bros execs and Joss Whedon, who came onboard to “finish” the project for Zack. They then took a drastic turn from Snyder’s original vision for the film and left us with a plot-holed, CGI moustache remover of a film. Zack Snyder then announced that there is indeed a version of his film that exists which then started the famous hashtag #ReleasetheSnydercut. This single hashtag took over social media and put pressure on Warner Bros to allow Snyder to finish his initial vision for the film. After years of demands from the fans, we finally have the original vision for the film with full creative control.

In regards to the storyline, it’s the same as the Whedon version back in 2017. Batman (Ben Affleck) & Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) start their mission of recruiting others like themselves to take on what looks to be an imminent threat to Earth. Whilst they do that, Steppenwolf, an out of Earth being, is on a mission to collect the mother boxes across the universes which will allow him to earn the trust of his master Darkseid. The mother boxes, when together form an unstoppable force that takes over a planet and sends it to the dark ages. The huge difference with this version of the movie is that we have two additional hours of footage (4 hours all together) which allows us to be fully introduced to everything that is happening. We have time for the new characters such as Flash and most importantly, Cyborg to be introduced to the story and group.

Admittedly, we were extremely apprehensive towards the release of this cut. There were question marks other whether the film needed a four hour runtime and whether it would be any good. The DCEU, as you already know, has been through a very difficult and inconsistent patch. Justice League was looked upon to be the film to bring together all of these main characters and get DC back on track. What the Snyder cut does is beam light into the DC corpse that seems to be struggling to stay alive and on an obvious path. It’s the most coherent storyline of Zack Snyder’s trilogy so far and easily the most entertaining. Synder always had plans for a trilogy of Justice League movies and it’s very unclear whether this is even going to happen. As of now, Snyder is out of DC movies for good and Warner Bros will be using the Whedon cut as canon going forward.

After experiencing the four hour cut in one sitting, it was obvious that we’ve watched something that has completely proved us wrong. It’s the best DCEU movie so far and restores some confidence in Zack Snyder’s film making abilities that he can make something that visually is impressive but also adds substance that is worth recognising. What always seemed to be a weakness of Snyder’s work in the past, Justice League is his most coherent and structured piece of work yet. Not only has this been a joy for fans to experience but it seems that justice has been served for Snyder. In addition to this, we are onboard with Snyder returning and continuing on his vision for the universe. Whether that will happen or not remains to be seen, but what we do know is that if Snyder was at the helm, the DC movies would be on a positive path.

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