Zack Snyder’s Justice League: An Epic In Breadth And Scope That Remains Faithful To The DC Spirit

Zack Snyder's Justice League
Zack Snyder's Justice League

Battling against the impossible, Zack Snyder’s Justice League has, at last, come onto the screen. Viewers are in for an epic depiction of the valiant fight that ends in triumph and hope, and the light finally manages to shine through the darkness. It is a great movie both in scale and depiction.

Released by Warner Brothers in 2017, Justice League had a thorny production history as its photography and script endured major changes, and there was a change in directors. Zack Snyder didn’t helm it to the end for personal reasons. Following the tragic loss of his daughter, it was Joss Whedon who took charge of the direction. The 2017 version underwent changes under him and it was he who made major changes in the tone and the time of the film. 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League represents the director’s own approved edition of the 2017 superhero film with the same name. The initial trepidation began to give way to hope as we got to see a more sincere and straightforward view. Finally, all the hype surrounding the movie comes to life.

There was much trepidation surrounding the release of the ‘Snyder’s Cut’ version of the film. Man of Steel was an enjoyable debut. While Batman V. Superman had its fair share of detractors, it was a thoroughly enjoyable movie. The approach towards the characters is never authoritative and authentic and that is the way the director meant it to be. The stories seem more like versions that took place outside the DC Universe canon. It is more akin to ‘Elseworld Stories’, alternative realities that steer away from the established permanence of DC’s standard comics.

Zack Snyder's Justice League
Zack Snyder’s Justice League

The 2017 version of the shorter Justice League was something else. The joy of seeing each of the characters together was thrilling. There were ‘epic’ clashes that were awaited by the fans of DC for a long time. But there was the element of roughness and a lack of refinement that could not meet the overarching excitement and anticipation of the audience.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Coming out of the uncertainties of the universe of DC comics, let’s stick to Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Divesting from the high expectations that usually follow a Snyder movie, the movie scores high at many levels. Though it is far from perfect, fans still get to experience the thrill of seeing all the heroes together on screen. The end leaves you wanting more.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League manages to stay a step forward from the original. Snyder has not deviated much from the 017 original. Batman/Bruce Wayne is subdued after he clashes with Superman. But he realizes that a bigger hazard is looming. Alongside Diana Prince, he gets together a bunch of metahunts. A disciple of Darkseid, Steppenwolf comes to earth intending to convert it into a wasteland and help Darkseid takeover.

The heroes recognize the need for Superman, Earth’s most potent and powerful protector, It ends in a super battle to save the planet.

But apart from the basic similarity in the storyline, the two films are leagues apart. In the final execution of the film, the pace and characterization are different. So is the score and you realize that these are two different movies.

 The absence of Superman would seem to make the movie drag but for the initial two hours, it gives the other characters a chance to come into their own and shine through. They are more fleshed out.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Brings Heroes To Root For

The power, menace, and motivation of the villainous Steppenwolf make him more fleshed out. Every encounter of his was marked by palpable tension. There is Barry Allen’s naïve advance to heroics. Aquaman has that ominous and menacing anti-hero feel. Wonder Woman is still extremely likable. She has a binding effect on the whole group.

Batman is quite lovable in this film. He has realized the mistake of battling Superman. Despite his brooding nature, this time around he is more positive and wants to improve.

The Cyborg character of Ray Fisher is more momentous and manages to emotionally anchor himself to every significant event. He manages to come into his own in the team despite being a newcomer.

The Gorgeous Action Of Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League
Zack Snyder’s Justice League

The fleshing out of the characters and their development help give a new direction to the new version of the movie. It has more of an epical feeling than that of a motley collection of comic characters. The audience certainly feels more invested.

Never missing is Snyder’s flair for storytelling and the aura of personal charm and magnetism. Even the lesser encounters are given attention.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Transforms Superman

Superman is in full bloom. He has none of the hesitation or the conflicted superhero in this movie. Here he is in no doubt of his capabilities and is sure of his place on the planet he loves.

Places Where Zack Snyder’s Justice League Fails to Make the Cut

Zack Snyder’s Justice League does never aspire to perfection. It is a fun movie from end to end. The four-hour-plus run time is a drag, in particular in the third act where several scenes should have been done away with.

The added parts to the film seem redundant. Three hours would have been a perfect time. Boring it isn’t but there was scope for improvement.

The scene between Martha and Lois establishes an enduring emotional connection but a certain disclosure could have been done away with.  It weakened a grand moment in the film.

Using The curses  Is Out Of Place In Zack Snyder’s Justice League

The cursing flowed well in keeping with the storyline but there were other moments where it jarred.

The visual effects were brilliant as expected but the VFX felt flimsy at times. Steppenwolf for instance seems more like a caricature.

Some backgrounds did not blend in with the action and it was obvious that the background had been put in digitally.

In A League Of Its Own

Zack Snyder’s Justice League has evoked both high expectations and derisions even before its release. And the movie has somehow defied the expectation of both camps. It is certainly not the tedious disaster that was naturally expected from his detractors. But it also is not exactly the faultless magnum opus that will prove to be a game-changer. It is in keeping with the standards of the DC movies. It portrays the course this universe was bearing towards. A sequel to Zack Snyder’s Justice League is not to be expected at this stage.

But the end has raised expectations for what comes next. Finally, one comes away from the movie wanting more.