I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter surrounding Zack Snyder’s Justice League since it debuted Friday; it’s one of the best comic book movies ever made, it’s the best DCEU movie, #RestoretheSnyderVerse, Jared Leto’s Joker is the best Joker, you get the theme. The hype is real. And while Zack Snyder’s Justice League did prove to be far better than the original Justice League movie we have to pump the brakes on the excitement and face the facts.
I’ve seen so many people saying how Snyder is such a great movie maker and that more movie studios need to allow directors to tell their own stories and let their characters develop. Well, that’s just fine but is anyone else realizing that Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a special event and that we will most likely never have another four hour superhero movie?
Think about it. Every director could make a perfect movie if they had four hours and years of hindsight to see what fans want to see to work with. Zack Snyder’s bloated four-hour-long cut that fixes the wrongs of Whedon’s cut doesn’t suddenly make Snyder one of the best directors in Hollywood. In fact, it only proves how incompetent he is at making movies.
Don’t forget, five years ago Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice came out. At the time, it was one of the most hated superhero movies. The epic clash that fans were so hyped about was a horribly edited debacle of a story that left viewers with a sour taste in their mouths. It wasn’t until fans got to see the 3-hour-long Ultimate Edition of Batman vs. Superman that people were able to accept the film and its story. But why do Snyder’s movies need to be extended for us to enjoy it? The sign of a great movie maker is the ability to make a powerful, concise movie in roughly two hours, unless of course the story is massive and so the film has to be longer like The Lord of the Rings movies, or Avengers: Endgame.
Fellow movie lovers, we cannot be blinded by the rad action sequences and the stunning upgrades that Snyder gave us to the obvious situation. It took Snyder four hours to tell a story that Marvel has been able to tell in two. Sure, Marvel had already given The Avengers origin stories so the challenge to bring them together and let us know who they were wasn’t as difficult but I know for a fact someone else could’ve made a two-and-a-half hour long version of Justice League that would’ve been awesome and it wouldn’t have to had to involve a gazillion slow-mo scenes and long, panning shots to hypnotize us into thinking something is epic.
This is just my personal opinion, of course, and I for one am rather pleased with the #SnyderCut and its changes. I just had to remind everyone that Snyder isn’t all of a sudden Christopher Nolan.
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5 thoughts on “‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Was Fun…Now Let’s Come Back to Reality”
Yeah. To be totally honest, I read “four hour run time” online and, even if I was willing to take a flyer that a DC movie was going to be good for a change, it was a deterrent. Should I watch five episodes of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, or this? I think the Tenth Doctor has a higher likelihood of entertaining me.
Lol. Yeah…I’ve seen it twice now and have determined scenes that I can skip so that I can make it a more enjoyable experience but totally, Doctor Who will be way funnier.
If you do watch it, maybe break it up into chunks. The film consists of a prologue, six parts, and an epilogue. I’d watch each part like maybe an episode a day so that you can watch it but not be overwhelmed by it.
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Nolan actually handpicked Snyder to direct Man of Steel, and was an Executive Producer on BVS and JL. I’m really happy with Snyder’s approach to superhero films. The mainstream superhero film is very much in the family-friendly department. Nolan took a more adult-minded approach, but felt the need to take out all of the fantasy and sci-fi elements that comic book fans love, which severely cut into Batman’s potential rogues gallery. Snyder is in the sweet spot for me, that’s totally exemplified by Watchmen, and all of the other adult superhero graphic novels that started in the ’80s and clearly defined Snyder’s approach to the genre. These stories are very adult in nature, with a much more liberal approach to sex and violence that earned the R-rating on two of his films, but they also completely embrace the sci-fi and fantasy elements of the genre. This is exactly the kind of superhero film I’m looking for at this stage of the game. But it’s proven to be somewhat difficult to sell in the marketplace. I think the situation is getting better, as the huge gross of Joker and the cult fan base that Snyder has developed has shown. Deadpool was also successful with an R-rating, albeit with a sensibility that can’t exactly be called mature. Ultimately, I’m on Team Snyder. I wish WB would reconsider and embrace his approach, even if it’s for a Dark Knight Returns standalone rather than a JL continuation. But I’m also definitely curious to see how Snyder handles a full-on sci-fi adventure with Rebel Moon at Netflix.
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I have to admit, after my second viewing of Zack Snyder’s Justice League where I threw away my bias and actually paid attention to the story I was honestly quite surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie. In fact, I loved it!
Yes, it’s a tad bit too long but Snyder’s approach to the superhero genre is unique and I wish we were getting more DC Comics movies with him.
I hope The Flash movie doesn’t dampen his coolness in the same way that the Wonder Woman movies and Aquaman’s standalone film did but…we’ll see.
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It feels like the Snyderverse is hanging on by its fingernails, especially with Cavill as Superman totally in limbo. Affleck just got this lifeline in The Flash, but it’s hardly a promise for any kind of continuation. The Pattinson Batman movie, I’m not on board with at this point, because it’s also going back to the Nolan-style version of Batman where it seems like sci-fi, fantasy and traditional superhero costumes are strongly discouraged. Of course, I have to admit I was not happy about Affleck as Batman until I actually saw BVS. Finally, to add to Snyder’s defense, I think he has to get credit for casting and designing Wonder Woman and Aquaman for the movies, which clearly were successful choices in terms of audience reception (and potentially The Flash).
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