Zack Snyder’s Justice League is here in all its four hour goodness. Despite its length, the film received a mostly positive critical reception with a score of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. The welcome from the fans is out of the ordinary, and that was expected since we only got it thanks to the fans.
The Snyder Cut, as it’s called in the fandom, is without a doubt better than the Joss Whedon movie we got in 2017. At more than double the runtime, it also includes footage that was left behind. on the cutting room floor. So other than the length, how different are the two versions?
Very different, in the end. Even a lot of those scenes that are in the two versions look different, as a lot of them were taken over under the supervision of Joss Whedon to make them more comedic and wink the audience.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, be warned. Spoilers ahead.
Here are the notable differences:
Zack Snyder’s Justice League features a new Knightmare scene in which the world is a wasteland subjugated by Darkseid and Superman. He rules the earth like a tyrant after the death of Lois Lane. Batman leads a few remaining rebels, but Superman pursues them. It is in this scene, which occurs at the end of the film, that we see Batman in conversation with Jared Leto’s Joker. dare we say it, a great scene.
No CGI removal of Henry Cavill mustache and black suit
When Henry Cavill returned for the Justice League covers, he was filming Mission: Impossible – Fallout. In Fallout, he played the role of a mustached character and grew up from it. To give him the close-shaven Superman look, the VFX artists had to digitally remove the mustache and they didn’t have time to do it properly as the release date was approaching. The result was a horrific upper lip that spawned memes, jokes, and even hashtags like #JusticeForHenryCavillsMoustache. In the Snyder Cut we get the original images. Superman also wears a black suit in place of the classic blue-red.
Less comical dialogue
Whedon was brought into the project primarily because of his impeccable track record of making superhero team films. Since Warner Bros thought the Snyder Cut was too dark, Whedon also had the pressure to make the movie funnier. And he did his best. That’s why the theatrical version felt like a collision of two visions, with the dark aesthetic and dialogue of the original, and one-liners coming out of nowhere. And it must be said that when it comes to jokes and team chemistry, the Snyder Cut felt more lifeless. Whedon’s version had more jokes and better jokes, although some of them didn’t land.
Thomas Holkenborg or Junkie XL originally scored Justice League before Danny Elfman arrived. His score was actually good. Snyder Cut brings Junkie XL back, and the results are incredible, with rock, orchestral synths and screaming vocals, the latter accompanying Wonder Woman and Amazons. Hans Zimmer’s iconic theme for Superman from Man of Steel is also used sparingly but wisely.
The CGI as a whole is better in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, thought it certainly isn’t perfect. Sometimes you can see the imperfections, but for the most part it works. One thing that’s actually worse this time around is Steppenwolf’s look. While the Invader isn’t a perfect VFX specimen made directly in the original, he at least looked like a thinking being someone who fused thousands of spikes to make up for real armor.
Meaty background stories for Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman
Outside of the DC Trinity, the rest of the Justice League felt like cardboard cutouts, which only manifested to complete the team in a hurry. Here we see a lot more of their footage, which was left on the cutting room floor earlier. And none of it seems superfluous, even if it inflates the runtime. Maybe standalone movies about their characters would have helped a lot.
Martian Manhunter, Darkseid, Vulko, Iris West are just a few of the characters who were removed from the theatrical version. Here, their presence helps make the world of Justice League bigger. Appearances may be brief, but they increase the depth of character for Justice League members.
More sequences, different climaxes and other scenes
The decisive battle in Zack Snyder’s Justice League is totally different from the bland CGI-fest we saw in the theatrical version. Here it makes a lot more sense and the action feels more cohesive. This movie is worth watching just for that final battle. There are other scenes as well, which may have been present in the Whedon version, but which look new and different this time around. There are, of course, more footage, about 2 hours of deleted scenes.
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