After a considerable fan buzz, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is among us, and it is glorious! The greatest DC Comics heroes come together to find the Mother Boxes and end Darkseid‘s domination plans.
Don’t be intimidated by the film’s four-hour length! This version has a little bit of everything to please all superhero fans. To give you that extra push you need to get into the swing of things, we’ve put together 10 reasons to watch Zack Snyder’s Justice League!
An Unparalleled Experience
Thanks to a completely digital release, Zack Snyder had complete freedom to experiment with new techniques in constructing his Justice League. The film is a full plate for those who want a truly unique experience.
In addition to reaching over 4 hours of screen time, the film’s photography features a distinctive 4:3 aspect ratio.
It’s a different way of working with widescreen – all the action is concentrated in the center of the screen, and we gain more vertical space that makes all the difference in the battle scenes. Another technical novelty is the division into chapters, which ensures an easier-to-understand story.
The Heroes’ Human Side
Whether they’re aliens, immortal goddesses, or a tremendous billionaire, DC Comics’ superheroes have an unattainable perfection that makes it very difficult for audiences to identify with their stories – even more so in theaters. Knowing this, Zack Snyder’s Justice League takes advantage of the extra time to carefully develop its characters on a personal level as no other DC production has ever managed.
The most significant example is in the arc of Cyborg – played brilliantly by Ray Fisher. His relationship with his parents is crucial to understanding his motivations and decisions in the final battle. Even though Darkseid is inevitable, it is impossible not to cheer for these heroes that we have come to love.
Connected to the DC Universe
A lot has happened since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The way we understand characters like Wonder Woman and Aquaman is different, but Zack Snyder knew how naturally incorporate these evolutions.
An obvious example is how Diana guides Cyborg through his grieving process. Wonder Woman 1984 shows the dangers of Diana’s attachment to Steve Trevor’s memory, and she knows how grief can consume someone. Realizing these moments throughout the film is very rewarding for DC fans.
Superman in Black Suit
Henry Cavill‘s Superman finally debuts a new look in Zack Snyder’s film. Since the recording sessions, we have heard about a darker costume for the hero – inspired by more serious arcs from the comics. It was hard to control our curiosity, but the result was impeccable.
The classic suit has its legacy, but it is impossible to disagree that the new dark suit is absurdly more imposing – perfect for the latest version of the hero who doesn’t take any more crap home. It takes a while for him to show up, but when he does… Nobody can stop the Man of Steel!
The Darkseid Quest
Darkseid is one of the most intimidating villains in the entire DC Universe, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League incredibly builds its story. It took three armies in sync to defeat him in the past. To contain a new invasion, Batman will need to race to assemble a league of heroes.
The most exciting thing is to watch the fearful relationship between the Steppenwolf and Darkseid unfold. Throughout the film, we see the Steppenwolf giving different members of the Justice League a hard time. So seeing him trembling in front of Darkseid only reinforces how cruel the guy is. It’s chilling!
A Farewell to Ben Affleck
There are those who love him and those who hate him, but Ben Affleck definitely played one of the most striking versions of Bruce Wayne in cinema. Robert Pattinson will replace the actor in The Batman, the bat following solo plot, so seeing him dominate the screen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League has a bitter farewell taste.
Fortunately, Ben Affleck delivers one of his best performances as the great driving force that unifies Earth’s greatest defenders. Fans will be able to enjoy many hours with Battfleck before his final goodbye in The Flash, scheduled for 2022.
Jared Leto Rocks as the Joker
Quite frankly, very few people were impressed with Jared Leto‘s appearance as the Joker in Suicide Squad. The character wasn’t particularly funny or crazy, two of the villain’s most defining characteristics, and Justice League also didn’t give us much opportunity to get to know this version.
This was corrected in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. The Joker is an essential piece in a possible apocalyptic future experienced by Batman. The new Joker is absolutely unstable and has an impactful screen presence, finally living up to all of Leto’s hidden talent. Now that’s what I call redemption!
Bloody Battles Like Never Before
Snyder’s complete creative freedom for this project allowed him to reconstruct even more violent scenes worthy of an adult rating. You feel the impact of each blow, even more so with the blood gushing and severed limbs.
The battles are very long, bringing authentic war scenes with no modesty. The most exciting thing is to see some characters brutally using their powers. Mera, for example, even drains an enemy’s blood in one scene. It’s a different way of seeing superheroes in action, something that suits such powerful creatures better.
We Get a Taste of New Heroes
In addition to the heroes who are better known to the general public, Zack Snyder’s Justice League brings a few surprises for avid comic book fans. The first of these is the somewhat timid appearance of Martian Manhunter, J’onn J’onzz. He may have something to do with Flash’s mysterious warning to save Lois Lane, but you have to see it to understand.
Another hero who goes unnoticed is The Atom. In this universe, he is the scientist Ryan Choi who helps Cyborg’s father with alien technology. It seems that he would be more relevant in DC’s future. Will we see more of this hero?
Understanding Zack Snyder Better
For fans of the director, this is a great opportunity to understand what’s going on in his head. Justice League is a very personal project for Snyder and a chance to represent the grieving process he has been facing since 2017 – when his daughter died of suicide.
The event shook Snyder, who had to abandon the production of the film at that time. But now, he returns to put an end to this cycle and transpose to the audience how he overcomes it. All the characters face grief at some level, yet this is most clearly revealed in the story of Cyborg – who, according to the director, is the heart of the film.