Property Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Snyder Cut rights a grave wrong

Sometimes, setting a precedent is a necessary evil.

The theatrical release of Justice League in 2017 was an unmitigated disaster. The plot was all over the place, the editing was unpolished, and it generally didn’t seem ready for release. But, the rumors began of another cut by the original director Zack Snyder. Snyder, who had stepped down for personal reasons, was generally regarded as someone who knew what they were doing when it comes to comic book film adaptations (see Man of Steel, 300 and Watchmen). This cut was much longer but supposedly closer to the original vision of what Justice League should have been.

The Snyder Cut was that and much more.

Putting together a coherent feature, the Snyder Cut is infinitely more watchable than the original cut of the film. Character motivations make more sense, important details are emphasized, and subplots and sometimes even characters are restored. Snyder’s delicate touch and worldbuilding are vital with an ensemble picture such as this, and it shows in the many changes made to correct.

One of those material effects is the origin story of Cyborg. With Snyder’s vision restored and more of the important details of his transition from human to cyborg, Cyborg is more present than he ever hoped to be in the original cut. Actor Ray Fisher is a force to be reckoned with in the film, and through this re-characterization you can immediately see why. Fisher must balance the nature of humanity versus machine after Victor Stone’s accident, and he does so with stunning aplomb.

Also of note, The Flash, as portrayed by Ezra Miller, is also superb with the restoration of his character in Snyder’s version. Miller takes the character from jokester to serious world-saving hero with several amazing scenes, including one that eventually won an Academy Award. Though this is not a review of Warner Bros.’ failures, take note that the scene that won the Oscar was among quite a few that the studio and theatrical director Joss Whedon cut from the original final product.

Snyder’s final cut blows away the original theatrical cut and makes good use of the extended run time. It’s almost as if an ensemble film should be this long and this good on purpose. While we’re not fans of the precedent set in having multiple releases of the same film, the original cut of Justice League was an abomination that necessitated the Snyder version’s release. Trust us when we say the film only has room for one abomination in the form of Darkseid.

Story: 8
Acting: 10
Like the comics?: 9

Total score: 27/30 or 9.0

 

HOW WE GRADE

We score the properties in three categories: Casting (or voice acting in cases of animated), plot and similarities to its source material. Each category receives points out of the maximum of 10 per category and 30 overall. The percentage is the final score.

Top 5 list: Useless heroes edition

There are heroes out there. They’re good characters who work to keep evil at bay in the universe. However, just because you’re working for the good of man and creature alike, doesn’t mean you’re useful, unfortunately. Here are five that don’t exactly get the job for good done.

 

Yamcha from Dragonball Z

YAMCHA
This Z-fighter hanger-on from Dragon Ball admittedly gave up the heavy-duty work because he realized he wasn’t cutting it on the battlefield and the others in the group (namely Vegeta, Goku, Trunks and Gohan) were much better. But seriously, if you aren’t of the saiyan race in that series, you don’t stand a chance and Yamcha isn’t saiyan. Oh, and when your girlfriend at the time drops you for the vengeful anti-hero because he looks good in armor and pink shirts that say “Bad Man” on the back, you know you have problems.

 

Lifeline from G.I. Joe

LIFELINE
While being a medic and working to save people’s lives is extremely cool and an underappreciated career by the average Joe, Lifeline is not exactly the awesome representative that most medics are. He doesn’t do much except heal a few characters in the background. That’s about it. While we don’t expect him to perform frontline work, he’s a member of G.I. Joe! He should be doing more dangerous work and we don’t mean pulling out Band-Aids sometimes.

 

Wonder Twins

WONDER TWINS
Because they need both their powers to become their separate forms, they can’t work without being together. A symbiotic relationship that features some of the most useless transformations ever (animal, water), you’d almost be better off going with Aquaman. Almost.

 

Smurfs

SNORKS/SMURFS
What exactly do these creatures do? We still haven’t figured out how the Smurfs even survive the multiple attempts on their lives without Papa Smurf to lead them around by their noses, and the Snorks have got to be the goofiest group of animated dimwits ever made. We suffered through the Smurfs back in the day (thanks to the greatness that is Jokey Smurf) but the Snorks were utter and complete crap. There, we’ve said it.

 

 

Aquaman from DC comics

AQUAMAN
Most of the adventures involving the superhero who can speak to underwater creatures involve him being on land. We ask the all-important question again: How is he useful?