By Halimah Kargbo

Features Editor

Zack Snyder's Justice League review: "A fascinating, flawed climax to  Snyder's grand DC experiment" | GamesRadar+

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Where to Watch: HBO Max

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a reimagining of the 2017 film Justice League. Back in 2017, Snyder had written the entire script and directed before stepping away due to personal reasons. Warner Bros. then hired a new director to take over, Joss Whedon, who ended up taking the film in a completely different direction and using little of Snyder’s original footage. The movie ended up being a major flop in the eyes of movie goers everywhere and earned around $657 million at the box office, which was pretty awful considering the fact that the movie cost more to produce. 

For years, the studio refused to admit that there even was a Snyder Cut while fans and cast members called for the version to be released. In March 2020, three years after the initial release of Justice League, Snyder was finally able to announce the release of his version of Justice League which would later arrive on HBO Max.

This movie is a follow- up to Snyder’s 2016 Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice film, which in short, includes Batman and Wonder Woman facing off with Superman. But in this sequel, Superman (Henry Cavill) is dead while Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) are looking for heroes to fight alongside them. Their team ends up including the Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).

In this movie, the six heroes of the Justice League end up coming together to fight the villain Steppenwolf and prevent the unification of the mother boxes; this is an aspect that is kept the same from the 2017 movie.  However, in the Snyder Cut, Steppenwolf is revealed to be a lesser foe and their true enemy is actually Darkseid, a major villain from the DC comics (not really a spoiler). I’d say that this is one of the major differences with this version of the Justice League— they face off with completely new foes and there’s so much more to touch on.

One admirable quality about this movie is the closer attention to detail. Snyder’s editing style gives the film an entirely different vibe; the visual effects feel a lot less theatrical and flashy. Not only that, the tone of the movie itself is much more serious. We don’t see as many jokes and one-liners this time around which I was personally thankful for. 
If one thing is for sure, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is definitely superior to the original one. With an official runtime of 4 hours and 2 minutes, the film feels much less rushed than its predecessor, seeing as how many of the parts that were originally left out were able to be viewed in their full effect. I honestly enjoy this movie and would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a quality superhero story.

The 4 hours needed to watch this movie may seem daunting, but it is definitely worth it. Also, to those who have already seen the 2017 Justice League movie, the Snyder Cut improves on it so much and honestly makes it feel as if you’re watching a completely different (and better) film.