Last Thursday, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was released on HBO Max, a long awaited cinematic experience that was not only a whopping four hours in length, but was also presented in a 4:3 format to apparently “preserve the integrity of Zack Snyder’s creative vision.” While Justice League (2017) was tonally inconsistent and incomprehensible in terms of character motivations and plot, people, when anticipating the release of the fabled Snyder Cut, seemed to have forgotten that Batman V Superman, the director’s previous film, while consistent in its tone, still suffered from the pseudo-intellectualism that the DCEU has gained a reputation for.
Which brings me to my point: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is still a film directed by Zack Snyder, and while I can’t speak for everyone when I say this, but I was disappointed. It’s important to stress, though, that it’s not the movie’s fault, at least not entirely. The Snyder Cut has gained such a mythic reputation amongst the geek fandoms that I couldn’t help but expect a movie at the very least on par with the first Avengers. It only took the first ten seconds, when HBO Max informed me that the movie I was able to spend the next four h
The Snyder Cut has gifted me a very particular and beneficial lesson: to temper my expectations. I felt a very similar disappointment when I was watching Avengers: Endgame. I couldn’t help but feel that all too familiar sting of dread when Steve Rogers suddenly appeared as an old man after he went back in time to return the Infinity Stones, completely violating the time travel rules that were established. Don’t get me wrong, Endgame was one of the best cinematic experiences in my life – the culmination of twenty-two films and over a decade of childhood memories – but it wasn’t perfect (even if it was damn near close). I was prepared to witness the greatest movie in history, and, I admit, I was prepared for something similar last Thursday.
But this is just my experience. You may have thoroughly enjoyed the Snyder Cut – you may have even found it as mind-blowing of an experience as Endgame – but, for me, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was ultimately a longer Batman V Superman. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the film and was more than glad I experienced it, yet it’s important to note that its the natural inclination of fandoms to overreact; what else should we expect from fanatics?