Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Is it Worth the Four Hours?

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League

By Emily Chin, Staff Writer

If you’ve heard about the Zack Snyder Justice League, you’re probably wondering what is it? Will it be a continuation of the 2017 Justice League, or is it a totally different movie? Basically, Snyder was the original director, but after his daughter passed away and some conflicts with Warner Brothers, Snyder ultimately decided to step away from the film. Taking his place was Joss Whedon, a Marvel Studios director, and fans were not happy with Whedon’s final product.

In frustration, fans petitioned for Warner Brothers to give them the Snyders version of the Justice League, which consisted of all the films that Snyder had produced and more. At last, Warner Brothers gave fans what they wanted by giving Snyder a 70 million dollar budget to complete the film.

So are the four hours really worth the time? In my opinion, yes. Sure it had some problems but compared to Whedon’s version; it was way better. The only problem I had was the length of the film. It could’ve been shorter if the slow-motion scenes were sped up or cut down, but it’s a known feature most of Snyder’s films have. Another problem some might find annoying is that if you’ve watched the Whedon version, some of the scenes are exactly the same. But in Snyder’s defense, there was a lot of added information that helped the storyline continue.

The problem I found with Whedon’s film was that it didn’t really make sense unless you really knew all the DC characters and were an avid fan of the DC universe. Also, it wasn’t a memorable film; some characters got big screen time while others barely hit the 30-minute mark, which resulted in confusion and difficulty to connect with the characters and the plot.

The difference between Snyder’s cut was that it included more Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg scenes. It gave viewers a better understanding of these characters’ backstory and their significance to the movie. New characters were also added in, like Iris West, Barry Allen’s love interest, and the Martian.

Additionally, the main antagonist of the film gets changed from Steppenwolf to Darkseid. In Snyder’s film, the Justice League gets introduced to Darkseid, ruler of the planet Apokolips, with Steppenwolf as his minion looking for something called the anti-life equation. This sets up a better transition to the sequel of Justice League, where the heroes face off in an epic battle against Darkseid. This is why the ending of Snyder’s film was much better than Whedon’s; it created curiosity among watchers for whatever may happen in the future of the DC universe. Plus, a special appearance made by the Joker, played by Jared Leto, occurs at the end.

With different directors, each film has its own creative take. Personally, I thought that Snyder’s take of a more aggressive and dark film fits the DC universe way better than Whedon’s comical take. Not at all is the movie gory or super violent, but it fits the DC agenda perfectly.

I would rate this movie an 8/10 and would definitely be open to watching more DC films. My perspective on the storyline and certain characters changed drastically, thanks to Snyder. So if you are going to watch it, make sure that your next four hours are free.