After years (literally, years) of waiting, Zack Snyder is finally ready to deliver his version of Justice League to the world. That’s right, the Snyder Cut, a.k.a. Zack Snyder’s Justice League, is finally debuting on HBO Max this Thursday, March 18.
You’ve probably heard the story already: in the wake of a personal loss, Zack Snyder stepped down from the helm of 2017’s Justice League and Joss Whedon was hired to finish the film. That version became recognized as a massive debacle, as Joss Whedon and the studio completely changed the direction of the film, and it flopped at the box office. Fans begged and pleaded for years for the Snyder Cut to be released, now the blockbuster is getting a second chance under its original director. Soon we'll get to see Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, and Ezra Miller in action as the director originally intended. People have already shared their thoughts on Twitter, but now critics have started releasing reviews.
Our very own Mike Reyes saw Zack Snyder’s Justice League for CinemaBlend and is singing the movie’s praises, rating it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. He notes that the film provides much more character development for all of the heroes in this mega-sized entity (it has a four-hour runtime) and that it corrects the past mistakes of the DC Extended Universe. He does acknowledge the long runtime, but says that fans shouldn’t give the length a second thought, arguing that it’s completely worth it. Reyes continued, saying:
James Whitbrook of io9 points out that Zack Snyder’s Justice League is still very much the same as the 2017 version of the film, but there’s just more of it. He argues that there might even be too much more of it, saying that some of the same narrative weaknesses still exist in Snyder’s film, and that the tone of comic book “hyperviolence” doesn’t always match the film’s wider tone. But Whitbrook does commend a lot of the additions Snyder made to the film, such as character depth, pointing out that the greatest addition to the longer run time is the expanded story of Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. Whitbrook continues:
Variety’s Owen Gleiberman praised many aspects of the film in his review. He positively regards the character development, aforementioned in other reviews, and calls the film “one of the most visually spellbinding comic-book movies ever made.” He also commends the expanded and improved plot points, like the League’s fight to raise Superman from the dead, noting that they’re more hard-won in Snyder’s film than in the 2017 version, where plot points were just… there. Gleiberman said:
John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter heavily criticized the film. He argues that anyone not a member of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement will not enjoy the film, calling its four-hour run time almost impossible to endure. He also criticizes the writing and calls the performances un-engaging. DeFore continued:
IndieWire’s Eric Kohn had a somewhat middling opinion of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. He calls the running time “bloated,” the vision of Steppenwolf as “rather silly,” and argues that Snyder’s cut leaves too much untapped potential. But he also points out that one of the strongest additions is the expansion of Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and says the film will delight the supporters of the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement. Kohn writes,
It certainly seems like the diehard #ReleaseTheSnyderCut members who fought for the film's existence will surely enjoy the film, and it might even pick up some new fans along the way. But we'll have to wait until March 18 to find out.
In the meantime, you can check out what other movies are coming up for characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more in our Upcoming DC Movies guide.
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