On November 17, 2017, Justice League was released. A film that shows cult heroes like Batman (Ben Affleck, 48), Superman (Henry Cavill, 37) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot, 35) banding together to fight a common enemy was actually a hit. But both critics and fans tore up the would-be blockbuster.
The bumpy production of “Justice League” is likely to be responsible for this. After the disappointing performance of the previous film «Batman v. Superman »the studio bosses were dissatisfied with director and DC Universe mastermind Zack Snyder (55). In the final stages of production, they finally replaced him with his Marvel competitor Joss Whedon (56), but Snyder retained his say. Until his daughter’s suicide forced him to resign and Whedon took over entirely.
«Justice League» als Frankenstein
The result was a Frankenstein monster from a movie. Whedon’s laid-back style clashed with Snyder’s bleak vision – and in the end no one was satisfied. “Justice League” not only broke the hearts of superhero fans, but cost his studio Warner Bros. the equivalent of over 100 million francs.
But that doesn’t tell the story of the film. Because after the disappointment, comic book lovers began to unite under releasethesnydercut and fight to get Snyder’s original version released. Airplane banners, donation-bought advertisements in Times Square in New York and Twitter campaigns: For years, fans have been drawing attention to their wishes.
Superhero action on streaming portals
On May 20, 2020, the film activists received the reward for their commitment. Snyder himself announced that he will finish his own editing and publish it on the US streaming portal HBO Max.
Now «Zack Snyder’s Justice League» is finally here. However, fans have to forego a return of Batman and Co. on the big screen, among other things because of the Corona crisis. In Switzerland you can watch the former flop exclusively on the streaming platform Sky from April 1st. And that’s what every superhero movie lover should do.
Because Zack Snyder’s version of the “Justice League” is far better than that of his colleague Joss Whedon. At the behest of the studio bosses, he tried to get as far away from Snyder’s previous works as possible with colored optics and numerous sayings. But Batman doesn’t have to be funny. Or rather, he is not allowed to. Snyder’s penchant for gloomy pathos suits the heroes from the DC Universe far better than the would-be Marvel blend Whedon tried to craft together.
Admittedly: four hours of running time is excessive. But since most viewers don’t yet know the history of heroes like The Flash (Ezra Miller, 28) or Cyborg (Ray Fisher, 33), the length mostly makes sense. While motivations, goals or backgrounds were not even discussed in the 2017 version, the plot here has time to unfold. For example, the villain Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds, 68) is not only getting a good visual upgrade. His new background story also makes the extraterrestrials a lot more interesting.
Cyborg becomes the centerpiece of the film
Cyborg benefits most from the longer term. While Joss Whedon mostly only used the robot man as a glorified scene decoration, here the superhero becomes the centerpiece of the whole film. Actor Ray Fisher should also be pleased. Because the American’s successful performance deserves to be seen in all its glory.
“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is a little Hollywood miracle. Not only did the director’s cut manage to see the light of day after years of pressure from fans. For the most part, it lives up to the high expectations. A triumph that tastes slightly bitter in the end. Because even if Snyder’s superhero films were always controversial, it was his vision that held the whole divided DC universe together. A vision that comes to an early end with “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”.