The Justice League Snyder Cut doesn’t just fix the flaws in the movie version. This 4-hour long version provides a comprehensive overview of Zack Snyder’s failed ambitions with the DC Extended Universe. We give you 7 good reasons to see the film right now.
Years after its theatrical release, Justice League is back! Since Thursday, March 18, 2021, Warner Bros. offers the Justice League Snyder Cut for download on most VOD platforms, including HBO Max in the United States, at a price of 13.99 euros.
Expected like the messiah by DC Comics fans and Zack Snyder fans, this ultra-long 4-hour version aims to correct all the flaws of the 2017 version. The director thus abandons all scenes filmed by Joss Whedon, called to the rescue by Warner in 2016, and the (failed) touches of humor imposed by the studio. The finished product, halfway between the mini-series and the blockbuster, has many strengths, sorely absent from the cinema version.
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A scenario that finally stands
With an exhaustive assembly, the Snyder Cut provides binder and consistency to the Justice League storyline. The cinema version of 2017, butchered to the excess by Warner, overlooked several essential points of the story, such as the origin of the “motherboxes”, the anti-life equation coveted by Darkseid, the motivations of Steppenwolf or the genesis of Cyborg (we will come back to this).
In the process, Zack Snyder did not hesitate to review the outcome of certain sequences. For example, the scene where the vigilantes decide to use the “motherboxes” to resuscitate Superman no longer falls like a hair on the soup. The exchange between the characters is infinitely more coherent in the Snyder Cut. Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg first discuss the possibilities offered by Mother Boxes, including resurrection of creatures. Secondly, the 5 heroes evoke the colossal power of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons. By Diana Prince / Wonder Woman’s own admission, only Superman is matched against Darkseid’s soldier. Ultimately, the nascent league comes to the only possible conclusion: to defend the land, Kal-El must be awakened.
Sublime plans worthy of a comic book
True to form, Zack Snyder stands out thanks to the inimitable aesthetics of his work. Like 300, Watchmen or Batman vs Superman, the Snyder Cut is based on slow motion, light effects and desaturated colors to magnify the characters. By relying on the 4: 3 format instead of the usual 16: 9, the director reproduces the magic of comic book boxes on the screen. We can not wait to discover the black and white version of the work, entitled “Justice is Gray”.
Some shots in the film are in many ways reminiscent of the finest works of Alex Ross, one of the greatest comic book artists of all time. Passionate to the end, Snyder also includes visual references to many cult comics.
In the epilogue, a brief scene shows the Batman perched on a huge tank-like Batmobile. The plan recalls a famous box from The Dark Knight Returns, the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. The filmmaker had already taken inspiration from the comics for a long time to make Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
A new soundtrack as lyrical as it is rhythmic by Junkie XL
To punctuate the feature film, Zack Snyder relies on the soundtrack composed by Junkie XL, real name Antonius Holkenborg. The musician replaces Danny Elfman, who signed the bland and conformist score of the cinema version of 2017. The artist delivers an original, hard-hitting and bewitching soundtrack. We think in particular of the lyrical notes that accompany the presence of an Amazon or the guitar, reserved for the appearances of Wonder Woman.
A real place for Cyborg
Hurried on the project in May 2017 after the defection of Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon was forced to delete many scenes dedicated to Victor Stone, aka Cyborg. Warner Bros has indeed asked the director of Avengers to provide a final cut of less than two hours. In the end, the character played by Ray Fisher was only figuring out in the 2017 footage.
The Snyder Cut expands in particular on the vastness of the powers of Cyborg, presented as a deity of technology. A particularly touching scene shows the young man, almost dead after a tragic car accident, coming to the aid of a penniless family by hacking into a bank. The film also deepens the complicated relationship between Victor and his father. These sequences, dispensable for understanding the plot, give the character more depth.
A taste of the Flash movie with Ezra Miller
The Snyder Cut also presents Barry Allen, aka Flash, in a better light than the movie version of Whedon. Relegated to the role of service jester in 2017, the vigilante of Central City takes thickness with this long version. In the final clash between the league and Steppenwolf’s army, the fastest man in the world saves his teammates the day going back in time. The sequence where the earth, annihilated by Darkseid’s anti-life equation, regenerates under the running hero’s feet, is simply sublime. A real box of moving comics.
Another scene of bravery located at the beginning of the film teases the feature film dedicated to Flash. In the sequence, Flash saves a young woman from a car accident. This young person is none other than Iris West (Kiersey Clemons), his future wife. The character will be featured in the Flash movie, the release date of which is still unknown.
Martian Manhunter’s first film appearance
Justice League Snyder Cut also signs the first appearance of Martian Manhunter in a movie. The character is one of the leading members of the Justice League in the comics. In Bruce Timm’s eponymous series, the character is called J’onn J’onzz. The Martian is able to make himself invisible, intangible, to change shape and to read minds. He appears twice in the Snyder Cut, thus prefiguring his membership in the league in future opus, dead in the bud.
For the anecdote, Zack Snyder had first wanted to appear John Stewart, a Green Lantern, during the epilogue where Martian Manhunter offers his help to Bruce Wayne. Faced with Warner’s refusal, the filmmaker turned to J’onn J’onzz, another character appreciated by fans.
Jared Leto’s Joker’s Second Chance
When Suicide Squad, a feature film dedicated to DC Comics bad guys, was released, The Joker played by Jared Leto has been criticized for a long time. Barded with tattoos, the character was very different from the Prince of Crime popularized by comics and animated series. In Todd Philips’ Joker movie released at the end of 2019, Batman’s worst enemy was also played by Joaquin Phoenix. This disavowal by Warner would have aroused the wrath of Jared Leto.
With the epilogue of the Snyder Cut, Zack Snyder gives Jared Leto a chance to show what he’s capable of. The Joker indeed appears during the sequence set in an apocalyptic future where the earth has fallen under the control of Darkseid. For the first time, Ben Affleck’s Batman faces Jared Leto’s Joker. Despite some lengths, and the awkwardness of some lines, the scene has managed to capture the essence of the special relationship between the Batman and his worst enemy. Disturbing and unhealthy, Jared Leto’s Joker is uncomfortable, a bit like Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight.
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