Justice League is a cobbled-together movie that mixed Snyder’s dark vision and Whedon’s antics with unwatchable and unenjoyable results. Zack Snyder’s cut makes it make sense, but it’s hardly an improvement.
The Snyder’s Cut is divided into 6 chapters and an epilogue. The result is a bigger, lumbering, overstuffed dreary superhero flick. This four-hour ensemble movie is filled with more sequel bait, garish backdrops, and slow-motion. The new additions are horrible music choices, Leto The Worst Joker™, and a black Superman suit.
The first half is two hours’ worth of exposition with mopey songs and the bulk of the slow-mo. Remember that bad-ass Aquaman moment where he chugs a bottle of whiskey (?) and walks towards the raging King tide? Here, the boss music is There is a Kingdom by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Everyone is mourning. Aquaman is mourning a mom he never met. Wonder Woman is mourning Steve. Cyborg is mourning his limbs. Batman is Batman. Lois Lane is mourning Superman. The Flash is at least upbeat.
The group’s dynamic is still off and none of them is fun to hang out with. Wonder Woman remains the most enjoyable character to watch as long as you ignore Gal Gadot’s acting skills.
The second half fills in the gaps of the theatrical cut. All the bad guys here look the same – Steppenwolf, Darkseid, and DeSaad. None of them are interesting unless you’ve read the comics, but at least their simplistic goals make more sense. Now instead of just the three mother boxes, there’s also the anti-life equation which was meant to be tackled in Justice League 2.
Zack Snyder puts Superman in a black suit but does nothing to fix his character. He’s a muddled Randian hero who is only valued for his powers. Justice League is busy setting-up sequels, so it can only focus on Lois Lane. But her romance happened off-screen so Amy Adams’s talent is helpless against zero chemistry.
Everything else in this movie is a mediocre dour affair that will make you wish you were watching The Avengers. The Knightmare scenes didn’t make it any better because Jared Leto continues to be the worst Joker.
In the end, what you have is a franchise that’s built backward. The Snyder Cut is the unabridged version that doesn’t make the theatrical any better, just longer and less confusing.
If you’re a fan congratulations.
Zack Snyder's Justice League
Zack Snyder's Justice League is a less confusing but overstuffed, dreary, and boring unabridged version that's hardly an improvement of the theatrical cut.