Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Was It Worth the Hype?

Zack Snyders Justice League: Was It Worth the Hype?

On October 15, 2014, an announcement about the film “Justice League” was made, and it was immediately apparent that this film would be very consequential for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Originally, Zack Snyder, an American film director, was supposed to be the one who directed the “Justice League” movie, but there were some really sad complications during this process. While Zack Snyder was filming the movie, his daughter Autumn Snyder sadly passed away due to suicide on March 12, 2017 at the age of 20. After that incident, Zack Snyder stopped production, and Warner Bros brought in a director named Joss Whedon to finish the movie. But when he had the directors roll, the movie was changed a lot from Snyder’s original vision.

Joss Whedon’s Justice League” was finally released after a year of waiting, which felt like a lot longer because fans were excited to watch the movie. I can’t speak for every person who watched “Justice League,” but I honestly don’t think Joss Whedon’s version of the movie was very good. It couldn’t really keep my full attention and was only a 2-hour movie, whereas it was originally intended to run for 4.

If you are making a movie like this with 6 main characters, I feel like the select characters who didn’t have their own solo movie before this one should all get a solid segment in the film to introduce their character. Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” did not really do that, whereas Zack Snyder’s cut of the movie gave way more attention to those character’s backstories.

I do favor Zack Snyders cut of the movie over Joss Whedon’s movie, but I’m not saying Snyder’s was perfect, because as much as I praised the movie, it still had some flaws in it. To me, Snyder’s movie seemed a tad slow because there is a lot of slo-mo scenes. And when I say a lot, I mean entirely too many. Despite all the slo-mo scenes and overshot length, Zack Snyder’s cut of the movie was everything Joss Whedon’s movie wasn’t.

I would say that Whedon’s “Justice League” was made for people ages 5-12. There is nothing wrong with that, but Zack Snyder’s was much more mature and felt like it was made for all ages above 12. In my opinion, the darkness of Zack’s movie was great, along with the action scenes and the more personal scenes that showed who the heroes really are inside. It isn’t to say you have bad taste if you enjoyed Whedon’s version; I even liked it for a few reasons, its lighter tone being a big one. The differing tones each have their own pros and cons.

I will say that it probably was hard for Whedon to take over for someone who lost a family member, and that it probably was hard to take out a lot of Zack’s work. I won’t call either movie “terrible” because both of these movies were good in their own ways, even if I like Snyder’s cut more. I still think Whedon’s was good and can tell he at least had his heart in it. Overall, I think Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” gets a 6/10, and Zack Snyder’s cut of “Justice League” gets a strong 9/10.