Snyder Cut Of 'Justice League' Has Fans Clamoring For More
Driven By Character Instead Of Special Effects, 'Justice League' Sparks Hashtag #RestoretheSnyderVerse
I am probably among the minority of filmgoers who actually thought that the theatrical release of 2017's Justice League was not terrible. In retrospect, I suspect that had more to do with the fact that I was really excited to see #JasonMomoa, whom I love because of his clear love of life, as #Aquaman and #GalGadot, whom I think is absolutely fantastic as #WonderWoman. Looking back, I should have expected more from the movie, particularly since #JossWhedon had stepped in to finish it off and he was of course incredibly well known for his successes with the #MCU and the #Avengers movies.
When #ReleasetheSnyderCut first started making its way through social media, I was skeptical that such a thing even existed. While I'm not quite clear on the filmmaking process, particularly when another director needs to step in to finish the job, I was reasonably certain that Whedon's vision of Justice League would not have deviated from the initial path that #ZackSnyder had originally set out for the characters. I am not sure why my faith was so strong in that regard, but especially given the family tragedy that forced Snyder to leave Justice League, I thought for sure that Whedon would have stayed true to Snyder's vision.
Finally and thankfully, I had time to sit and watch most of the #SnyderCut of #JusticeLeague on March 20, 2021. It seems odd that I would choose to watch a four-hour saga in the midst of what was a gorgeous first day of spring, but I digress. Going into this movie, I knew there was no way that #WarnerBros would have okayed a four-hour theatrical release because what moviegoer, unless they were incredibly passionate about the film, would sit through that sort of release? Very few would, and in the long run, the studio would have lost money on what was probably a very expensive film to make, so I get why the studio would have told Snyder to cut the length. That said, however, there is no reason why the film could not have been broken into two. There is simply too much story there that was ignored in Whedon's version of Justice League that Snyder so painstakingly develops to incredible results.
We see character motivation, particularly #Steppenwolf's, become clear in ways that left audiences scratching their collective heads in the theatrical release. Steppenwolf seemed like a villain bent on conquest for the sake of conquest in the theatrical release, and it's made clear in the Snyder Cut that he serves a greater purpose than that. Fans wanted to see #Darkseid in the theatrical release, but he was nonexistent, and his appearance in the Snyder Cut suddenly makes the why behind Steppenwolf's actions more overt. We come to know #Cyborg as more than just a scowling kid but as someone who bears mental scars that would drive mere humans among us completely crazy. Even the scene in which #Superman comes to life makes him seem more vulnerable and dare I say more human than it did in the theatrical release, and given how much he destroys as he tries to come to terms with who he is, that's a fair challenge to execute.
Small wonder fans are now buzzing on Twitter, in particular, to #restoretheSnyderVerse. The Snyder Cut is, despite some CGI issues and minor effects issues, a more superior film than the theatrical release ever was. This is a film that does justice to the much-loved characters from the #DCEU, particularly Cyborg, and offers fans the movie they wanted and deserved. In spite of the well-documented challenges that Snyder had with Warner Bros and the original theatrical release he was working on prior to Whedon stepping in, Snyder's vision of the #DCExtendedUniverse should be given serious consideration. Snyder has clearly shown he could craft a thoughtful, character-driven film in his cut of Justice League - he deserves to see Warner Bros restore the SnyderVerse.