First Glance: “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”


I think it goes without saying that 2017’s “Justice League” was not the Avengers type blockbuster the DCEU was hoping for. In fact the post-production was filled with turmoil and controversy. The architect behind the DCEU Zack Snyder stepped down from his directing duties following the tragic death of his daughter. Joss Whedon stepped in and the tales of his “abusive” treatment of both cast and crew have since been made public. There is also the subject of Whedon’s additions to the film which dramatically changed the story and tone. The film’s producers claim Whedon used as much as 80% of Snyder’s material. Snyder says it’s more like one-forth and cinematographer Fabian Wagner goes even lower, claiming roughly 10% of what he shot was used by Whedon.

Which leads us to “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”, a four-hour epic coming to HBO Max. The version constitutes Snyder’s full version of what “Justice League” was meant to be with numerous new scenes, important world-building, new characters, and backstory. It’s still built around the same basic story premise, but with much more meat on its bones. It’s also considered by other members of the DCEU (including directors Patty Jenkins and James Wan) to be the true canonical “Justice League” movie. Is all of that enough to get people to give the film another shot? I don’t know, but I’m excited for it. And hopefully this will give us the “Justice League” many of us hoped for originally.

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” premieres March 18th on HBO Max. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

12 thoughts on “First Glance: “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”

  1. Im looking forward to this. I’ve enjoyed Synder’s incarnation of both Man of Steel and BVS . Although I didn’t think Justice League with Whedon was bad at all , still enjoyed it , the tone was really off . I like the darker , brooding more serious intent of these movies . To my mind, Snyder’s movies try to tap into a mythology that explores real themes of evil , good, meaning , purpose etc,, Might not be for everyone , nut I liked them a lot . So I’ve got my time reserved for this one .

    • I’m with you. I really liked Man of Steel and BvS. You’re exactly right about their darker tone. To me that’s one of the things that make them so good. They aren’t carbon copies of the MCU (thank goodness). Can’t wait to see this one.

  2. I’m not much of a fan of Zack Snyder but he does have his moments and it looked like he was aiming for something bigger. I just hope there’s something good out there as Justice League was really disappointing and underwhelming considering all of the build up for that film. I was expecting something like The Avengers but man, what a let down and seeing that it was Whedon who messed it up. I’m willing to check it out and I just hope it’s not fucking Suicide Squad as I’m not looking forward to a director’s cut version of that film.

    • I was hoping for something much different than The Avengers in terms of tone but it seems Whedon was dead-set on going that route. It didn’t work the way he wanted. I’m still a big defender of the DCEU’s darker tone. I love that they don’t just copy and paste with the MCU is doing. But JL didn’t deliver. I’m excited to give this one a try and see if it does.

  3. I loathed BvS: Dawn of Justice; since I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, I was relatively tame in what I did write about it. If I did reviews with them, I would have eviscerated it utterly. Justice League was terrible. Though I let Snyder off the hook in most of my reviews of the DECU movies on my blog (where he is concerned), I shouldn’t have because it was still HIS “vision” overall. That said, I’ll watch his cut of the film this month and go from there. I disagree with his overall plan for the characters, so there is no “fixing it” to a point. It’s sure to be a departure from Whedon’s movie. Man of Steel was underrated, and that was a good start. Where it went from there was a tragic series of choices. And, for the record, I don’t hold the DECU up to Marvel. Like the comics, they each have their own path and tendencies. Really comparing the two is like comparing a banana to a Pomegranate.

    • I quite liked BvS although it has some clunky storytelling especially in the theatrical version. I would disagree about his plan for the characters. Without seeing the Snyder Cut I feel ill-equipped to fully judge his vision. Yes the basic story of JL was his. But 2 hours of extra footage has potential to really change the way we see things. As a fan of the DCEU I’m anxious to give it a look.

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