Zack Snyder's Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League ★★★★½

I only watched ten minutes of the Joss Whedon theatrical cut before turning it off; it just wasn’t my thing. But the glossy, dark grandiosity of BvS was, and that unique tone has returned to Zack Snyder’s restored version of Justice League. 

I love that we get to watch this. It’s his movie again. Snyder is an innovative cinematic visionary, and it’s magnificent to see his interpretation fully realized. Justice League is complex and beautifully rendered, coursing with the same dark electricity Snyder conjured from the beginning. Having a definitive version of the movie allows the formulation of a complete trilogy for the Superman-centered narrative. One thing I’ve always loved about Snyder’s DC movies is that he takes the characters and transports them into a modern world, and forces them to deal with modern issues. No, it’s not the comicbook Superman. This is his presentation, his story— and Snyder maintains complete ownership over it.

It has issues one would expect from something released in this fashion—some B-grade effects work, some expository holes, some missing character beats—but it’s easy to overlook because Synder has brought a lot of heart to it, a lot of passionate energy. He didn’t have to do this, to put the time in to reconstruct a film from the past. But he did. And I’m happy to say that it works. 

Let me also comment on Affleck’s Batman. Old Ben has the stoicism, the intelligence, the integrity, the chin, the grit—he’s perfect, and he’s especially poignant here. It’s a treat seeing him as Batman again. 

I’d obviously love to see a continued story with the characters and most importantly with Snyder, but if this is it, he did it justice. Justice League. Watched via HBO Max streaming.

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