SPOILER ALERT! This article contains spoilers for Justice League: The Snyder Cut.
There is rarely any movie that has a total redo in just a short time from the original. While extended cuts, or directors cuts, are definitely something that Hollywood is known for doing in order to gain extra revenue, Zach Snyder’s Justice League was a totally different type of cut. We got an extra two hours, and it felt like a completely new movie. If you saw the 2017 Justice League movie, you know it was a hot mess — from the story itself to the characters being completely useless and bringing no importance to the movie. This made DC movies look like they were miles behind what Marvel had been able to produce with their movies. As someone who prefers DC Comics over Marvel Comics, there was no denying that, when it came to movies, Marvel was on top. (Well, except for when it comes to the Dark Knight series, but that’s a whole different argument.)
Now, if you asked me if this whole new movie that Zach Snyder was in charge of made a difference in this gap between studios, I would say that, yes, it did. While, in all actuality, Marvel is still on top when it comes to movies, DC definitely would have closed the gap by a lot if the Zach Snyder cut was originally released. Either way, one of the biggest differences between these two movies is the run time for each. 2017 Justice League had a run time of about two hours, and Justice League: The Snyder Cut is double that. With the added time comes the question of why the extra two hours was cut and if it is worth watching. I will tell you that, yes, it is definitely worth sitting for four hours to watch this movie.
Of course, this movie will still have some similarities to its 2017 counterpart. We have the same heroes in the movie: Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, and, of course, Superman, who does come back to life. We also still have the same plot; the main villain, Steppenwolf, remakes the Earth to look like his home planet, and the heroes must find a way to work together to stop him. However, The Snyder Cut expands on this plotline. Those extra two hours were definitely used well to detail everything that could have left people confused in the original movie.
First thing’s first, probably the biggest addition to the movie’s plot is the introduction of Darkseid, the ruler of Apocalypse and one of the most powerful villains in the DC universe. He’s kind of like Thanos for those of you who only follow the Marvel movies, except Darkseid does not really have a so-called ‘noble’ cause as to why he does what he does. How great it was to see him on the big screen — or, more accurately, my television. His appearance provided a better reason as to why Steppenwolf was on Earth, and the importance of Earth being under threat in, potentially, future movies. Overall, knowing that he was the main person behind why Earth was under threat instead of a less popular villain felt right.
Now, of course, we all know Superman comes back to life, and, if you have any knowledge of this movie or have seen trailers, you saw Superman dawn his all-black costume. This is important, as, in the comics (The Death of Superman), after coming back from the dead, he would wear an all-black costume. However, we also got to see the effect of what his death had on his family members — mainly Lois Lane, who was greatly affected and could be seen avoiding society itself, shutting herself away from the world. In this side storyline, we get introduced to J’onn J’onzz, The Martian Manhunter, who would have been a big part of future movies.
Now we come to what is probably the best addition to the story: Cyborg’s character development and background, including his own subplot. In the original cut of the movie, he was not really a big part of the plot even though he was directly connected to the Mother Boxes, the main objects that everyone was trying to protect. Honestly, he was originally my least favorite character, as he was just there and did not really do much to help the plot. Now, though, we got to see his backstory from being the Quarterback star at Gotham City University to becoming what he considered himself at first — a monster. We got to see how losing his mother, the person closest to him, affected him, as well as his troubling relationship with his father (though he eventually forgave him). His growth as an overall character showed as he learned that his powers were a gift, not a curse.
There is definitely a whole lot more that are great additions to the movie, from seeing what Lex Luther has been up to, why Earth is so important to Darkseid, seeing Ryan Choi the third Atom the subatomic superhero (which many people may have missed), to many other small detail in the story. The one part I was looking forward to throughout the movie was Batman’s Knightmare Vision. If you saw Batman vs. Superman, you probably remember Batman’s vision of the future, where Superman is an evil tyrant of Earth. We get another one of these at the end The Snyder Cut, and we also get to see Jared Leto’s Joker once again. Now, I was never really on board with Leto’s version of the Joker. He just did not seem to fit the role, but I do have to say in this instant; he definitely did justice to the character. I will not get too much into detail about what happened, but it did feel as if the scene drew inspiration from Scott Snyder’s (no relation to Zack Snyder) Batman: The Last Knight on Earth.
Overall, I would definitely recommend watching this movie even if you’re a comic fan, or if you just have four hours of spare time on your hands and an HBO Max subscription. If you were to ask me for my opinion of the movie, I would definitely say, out of almost every comic book movie I have seen, it is up there with the best of them. If we somehow get additional movies to continue off, this one will have to be seen, as, so far, it has been quite successful.
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