Should You Watch All 4 Hours of Snyder’s Justice League?


No.

But still watch the movie — Just don’t watch the epilogue.

Now that the click-bait title is out of the way and I have spent time analyzing all four hours of the film, allow me to review my pros and cons of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

THE PROS:

  • It’s Better — Screw the WarnerMedia executives and Joss Whedon. After you watch the Snyder cut, you realize just how bad they messed up the 2017 version of this movie. Instead of embracing Snyder’s vision and continuing with the themes and styles he wanted to carry over from Man of Steel and Batman VS Superman going forth into Justice League, the executives panicked and tried to copy Marvel’s Cinematic Universe with bright colors and over-the-top humor that doesn’t fit in with the DC universe. If you went with Snyder’s vision with Man of Steel, Batman VS Superman, and the first half of shooting this Justice League movie, why would WarnerMedia want to suddenly bail on this? A question that still leaves DC fans baffled to this day. To fix it, Snyder’s Justice League removes these eye-rolling jokes and over-saturation. In addition, we finally get…
  • Significant Lore Explanation — I know the Mother Boxes are essentially just McGuffins for Steppenwolf to find to destroy Earth. However, now there’s significant explanation as to their backstory, how Wonder Woman knows so much about them, and how the Boxes are actually used. The Mother Boxes now at least have some gravitas to them, as opposed to being wannabe Infinity Stones. In addition, this Snyder-verse would expand on its epic scale, as we learn that Steppenwolf is trying to reclaim Darkseid’s favor after failing him before, which would have set up the (now-scrapped) future Justice League movies. The lore doesn’t stop with these elements though, it also goes to some characters that deserve it because…
  • Flash & Cyborg Get Their Due — If you are Ezra Miller or Ray Fisher, you should be thanking Snyder and his online army for getting this movie made. Cyborg goes from being just a technological asset in 2017 to now being “the heart of the film” as Snyder called it, and I agree. His backstory is actually integral to how the characters can use the Mother Boxes, and he quickly becomes the unknown hero you’re rooting for in Snyder’s movie. The Flash also gets an increased role, going from being a neurotic weirdo that happens to just run fast to being a powerful but humble hero that actually saves the day with his abilities. Flash & Cyborg can almost be written out of the 2017 version of Justice League, but in this Snyder cut, they are irreplaceable.
  • Superman’s Black Suit — A small detail, but one that sent fans of the Man of Steel into a state of hope. Snyder comments that the Black Suit is important for two reasons: First, it’s the same suit that all Kryptonians wear, so it represents that the final battle with Steppenwolf is on a bigger, galactic scale. Second, it was also supposed to mark where Superman is on his Snyder-led story, as he claimed he envisioned a 5-film Superman story arc; the goal being that at a future movie, Superman would need to make a return to his traditional red-and-blue classic heroic suit. Now it may not happen, but at least there is hope… and to be honest, it looks bad ass anyway.
  • Older Batman is Realistic — Batman, who feels he was responsible for Superman’s death and has warnings from Lex Luthor that a bigger threat is coming to Earth soon, has the right temperament in the Snyder cut to recruit members for his team. In the 2017 version, Batman is just collecting guys for his team with puns and over-the-top jokes. In the first half of the Snyder cut, Batman is worried that something big is imminent and he *needs* help; he’s older, he has lost Superman, and he can’t expect to just rely on Wonder Woman’s help alone. There is a sense of dire need in Snyder’s cut that isn’t present in Whedon’s 2017 film. It’s a different tone that works much better for Snyder’s story. However, it leads to the other side of the same coin…

CONS:

  • Older Batman is Realistic — After Batman recruits the Justice League, that’s pretty much it for him. He doesn’t really have much to do in the second half of the film, other than act as a de facto field general. It makes sense that he can’t really do anything against Steppenwolf, but Snyder actually removes Batman in the final fight scene so that he can… disable weapon turrets? I get it that he’s old and he doesn’t have the superhuman strengths of the other heroes (and I may be over-analyzing this because Batman is my personal favorite superhero), but it really does seem like he’s forgotten in the final fight scene. Nice job though on saving Clark Kent’s house though… infinite money is a damn nice superpower to have!
  • Slow Motion Extravaganza — Oh… my… gosh… everything… falls… at… such… a… slow… pace. You get the idea? It’s like Inception took a bottle of Xanax before slipping on a banana peel. As Nick Murphy says, if you want to save time, just set the playback at the 2x speed, you’ll get through all these drawn out slow motion bits. According to IGN, “24 minutes and 7 seconds of Zack Snyder’s Justice League are in slow motion, or 10.35% of the film’s total running time without the credits.” Whoaaaaaa. I know some of them are needed for Flash’s ability to manipulate time with his speed, but there is so much slow motion. This is when Snyder should have had an assistant or someone to just ask him, “Hey, does this really need to be slow motion?” Which also correlates to this problem…
  • It Really Is Four Hours Long — There’s no getting around this. This is a behemoth movie. And while it’s nice that so many characters get their well-deserved backstory and their moment in the spotlight, the end result is that this movie is just way too long. No wonder the WarnerMedia executives were worried about spending $70 million on the Snyder cut. By the way, Snyder had real options he could have done for this — this could have been a nice miniseries for HBO Max (which was in the pipeline until just before its release, hence the reason why the film is in 6 chapters) or two separate movies to release in theaters (the split point: the first major fight scene with Steppenwolf in the tunnels of Gotham Harbor is at the 2 hour mark… that’s what I did!) Between the obnoxiously long slow motion and overly done establishing shots that would make David Lynch proud, there is no way that a 4-hour film like this will ever be made again.
  • Snyder’s Fever Dream Epilogue — This is why my answer to the clickbait title question of “Should You Watch All 4 Hours of Snyder’s Justice League?” is no. This Epilogue bit is weird, off-putting, and doesn’t fit in with the rest of the movie. You can just end the film at the literal hero shot where all 6 members of the Justice League line up together and look upon the good they have done saving the world. Just end it right there. The Epilogue teases things you know we’re not going to get. If Snyder’s Dream Epilogue was interesting to you and made you hopeful for another Snyder movie, then unfortunately you’ve got more bad news coming because…
  • The SnyderVerse is Officially Over Now — Make no mistake, DC is officially done with this Synder nonsense, they’ve had enough of it. If you think that the fanatic wing of the Snyder army could use this momentum to force WarnerMedia to allow the completion of Snyder’s 5-film Superman story, then allow WarnerMedia’s CEO Ann Sarnoff to quell those rumors for you: “With [Snyder’s Justice League] comes the completion of his trilogy. We’re very happy we’ve done this, but we’re very excited about the plans we have for all the multi-dimensional DC characters that are being developed right now.” That was a nice way of telling Snyder and his army that you’ve had your fun, but now it’s time to move on. Snyder had his last hurrah, but the future of DC and its movies will still move on… with or without you.

TLDR: If you liked Snyder’s Man of Steel or Batman VS Superman, chances are that you will enjoy the Snyder cut of Justice League, as well. Just remember to take a break during the 4-hour movie and skip the Epilogue.

Rich Liebig (438 Posts)

Rich first became addicted to radio when he became a DJ on WEXP, La Salle University Radio, co-hosting the afternoon talk program "The Rich & Dubie Show." During his last year at college, he became Intern Pitchuation for the "Preston & Steve" morning show on 93.3 WMMR. Today, he continues to work at WMMR as part of their Promotions Team. With "The Crispy Noodle Podcast," Rich wants to provide the most entertainment and obscure movie quotes that he can jam-pack into a 2-hour podcast. He enjoys researching odd news, following Philadelphia sports teams, eating well-made coleslaw, and trying to hit a tiny golf ball as straight as possible.


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