I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter surrounding Zack Snyder’s Justice League since it debuted Friday; it’s one of the best comic book movies ever made, it’s the best DCEU movie, #RestoretheSnyderVerse, Jared Leto’s Joker is the best Joker, you get the theme. The hype is real. And while Zack Snyder’s Justice League did prove to be far better than the original Justice League movie we have to pump the brakes on the excitement and face the facts.
I’ve seen so many people saying how Snyder is such a great movie maker and that more movie studios need to allow directors to tell their own stories and let their characters develop. Well, that’s just fine but is anyone else realizing that Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a special event and that we will most likely never have another four hour superhero movie?
Think about it. Every director could make a perfect movie if they had four hours and years of hindsight to see what fans want to see to work with. Zack Snyder’s bloated four-hour-long cut that fixes the wrongs of Whedon’s cut doesn’t suddenly make Snyder one of the best directors in Hollywood. In fact, it only proves how incompetent he is at making movies.
Don’t forget, five years ago Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice came out. At the time, it was one of the most hated superhero movies. The epic clash that fans were so hyped about was a horribly edited debacle of a story that left viewers with a sour taste in their mouths. It wasn’t until fans got to see the 3-hour-long Ultimate Edition of Batman vs. Superman that people were able to accept the film and its story. But why do Snyder’s movies need to be extended for us to enjoy it? The sign of a great movie maker is the ability to make a powerful, concise movie in roughly two hours, unless of course the story is massive and so the film has to be longer like The Lord of the Rings movies, or Avengers: Endgame.
Fellow movie lovers, we cannot be blinded by the rad action sequences and the stunning upgrades that Snyder gave us to the obvious situation. It took Snyder four hours to tell a story that Marvel has been able to tell in two. Sure, Marvel had already given The Avengers origin stories so the challenge to bring them together and let us know who they were wasn’t as difficult but I know for a fact someone else could’ve made a two-and-a-half hour long version of Justice League that would’ve been awesome and it wouldn’t have to had to involve a gazillion slow-mo scenes and long, panning shots to hypnotize us into thinking something is epic.
This is just my personal opinion, of course, and I for one am rather pleased with the #SnyderCut and its changes. I just had to remind everyone that Snyder isn’t all of a sudden Christopher Nolan.
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