For years, the Snyder Cut has existed as the Holy Grail of nerd culture, a lost artifact that has gained an almost mythical status, an artifact few even believed truly existed. Snyder loyalists, however, stayed faithful, and were ultimately vindicated on March 2019, when Zack Snyder confirmed that his original cut did in fact exist, and two years later we were finally gifted the official trailer, yet many have already asked: is the Snyder Cut going to be as spectacular as people are claiming?
If you were interested enough in Zack Snyder’s Justice League to click on this article, then chances are you already saw the trailer, so I’m not going to waste your time with a trailer breakdown (though it will be included below for your re-viewing pleasure). What I will be doing instead is reminding you of Batman V Superman, and it’s, at best, polarizing response from general audiences. Now, I wouldn’t dare make the argument that a film’s quality is determined solely by the most prevalent opinion of its viewer base, but Batman V Superman, while containing a number of interesting ideas (such as the relationship between power and morality), they were never explored beyond a pseudo-philosophical understanding. Unfortunately, I don’t see why Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be any different in that sense.
Batman V Superman also suffered from poor character motivations. From Lex Luthor’s widely convoluted and inconsistent plan to Batman distrusting superman because he believes him to be a dangerous vigilante (despite being a dangerous vigilante himself) to, worst of all, him subsequently gaining trust for the Krpytonian when he learns the name of his adoptive mother, these few examples of the wretched characterization in Batman V Superman was the film’s most prevalent issue. Instead of truly learning who the characters were through their actions, the plot was a paint by numbers, with story beats progressing the plot not in such a way that would organically result from the character’s choices, rather to culminate in Batman and Superman fighting.
Yet, despite all of this, I am excited to see Zack Snyder’s Justice League and will be watching it when it releases on March 18th on HBO Max, because while I am convinced it will still suffer from the same issues as it’s predecessor in the Snyder Trilogy, it will at least possess a consistent creative tone, even if many might claim that tone to be overly dark, especially for a comic book franchise. No forced jokes in a futile attempt to capture the magic of Marvel’s The Avengers, the Snyder Cut – while excessively gloomy, pretentious and more than willing to sacrifice proper character for beautifully composed shots and fantastic fight scenes – will grace our television screens as a complete and singular vision, as opposed to the Frankenstein’s monster of a film we were unfortunate enough to pay thirteen dollars to see in 2017, and that will make it a far greater movie.