The day is almost here. A day that many fans thought they would never come to, where they could watch a version of a movie that many believed never existed. The Snyder Cut is finally on us and that’s it had a hell of a lot a journey to here, full of twists, turns and tragedy.
After building DC’s own cinematic universe by creating Man Of Steel (2013), Batman Vs Superman (2016) and works on their culmination in Justice League (2017), director Zack Snyder left the project during post-production. Apart from the ongoing clashes with the studio due to the poor reception of the previous two films, the creation of Justice League coincided with the tragic death of Snyder Essen’s daughter in March 2017. As a result, the studio came The Avengers-assembler Joss Whedon to take the reins.
After the release of the objectively terrible “Wedon saved” Justice League (who is said to have supported only 20% of Snyder’s original script and footage), Snyder fans and members are promoting online petitions to release his version. The hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut was a common trend. In the end, Snyder admitted that, although incomplete, his version still existed. The new HBO Max streaming platform was smart to take advantage of this. They offered him a budget of nearly $ 70 million to complete the film. The result is a four-hour film entitled Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which comes out on Thursday (on BMS Stream in India).
Snyder’s interpretation and approach to the DC universe is the subject of heated debate among audiences. Although these movies don’t always work, I claim that they are one of the boldest and most interesting superhero movies of recent memory. Part of the criticism is that Snyder takes his superheroes too seriously, but that’s what allows them to go to places that other blockbusters wouldn’t. These films are also true superhero films, directed by Snyder-style directors, something you’ll rarely see in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Before the release of Snyder Cut, the last part of his trilogy, we look back to its predecessors The man of steel and Batman vs. Superman (and the failed 2017 Justice League) and see what makes them so separate and different.
Man Of Steel (2013)
The man of steel is Snyder’s strongest and most balanced film in how it combines existential ideas with the conventional rhythms of a superhero film. It is also one of the most emotionally charged and intimate stories of origin ever made, rooting the fantastic in the emotional. It was a superhero movie that made you I feel it, in part because of Henry Cavill’s sincere rethinking of Krypton’s last son.
The man of steel approaches meditatively to answer the question: How do you make the perfect man interesting? You place him in an imperfect world and watch him try to find his place in it as he struggles with the burden of becoming the person the world needs.
The man of steel it was also a testament to what great actors could bring to superhuman stories. Kevin Costner gave us a deeply moving portrait of Jonathan Kent (if given the scene of death, it is one of the weakest and most consistent films). In the same way, Michael Shannon shone when the intrusive but likable dictator Zod and Amy Adams gave us the tough Lois Lane, who refused to be removed as an ordinary girl in trouble.
Not to mention unforgettable moments like this first flight sequence or the strong impact of “You think you can threaten my mother!” The man of steel also makes the best use of CGI among the three films on this list (something in which DC’s films are notorious). This whole opening part of Krypton is perhaps the most visually dazzling series of Snyder’s DC movies to date.
Many have argued over the violent climax in which Superman was forced to kill Zod, although I would say he had no choice and had to cross that line to save people on earth.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
After The man of steel came the bigger, the more uneven, and the far more ambitious Batman vs. Superman, a widely rejected film that develops its own cult over time. Build up Justice League, Snyder’s interpretation of Batman was an older, more tormented and dejected Dark Knight, who has been in the vigilant game for 20 years, who sees Superman’s strong power and destructive ability as a threat.
In the impressive initial sequence, we see Bruce Wayne as a witness Man of Steelthe final battle to destroy Metropolis between Superman and Zod in terms of the earth. He tries to save civilians amid crumbling buildings and horrific destruction by establishing Bruce’s distrust of Superman and sowing the seeds of doubt and fear. Additionally, this takes advantage of the main manipulator Lex Luthor, played by the sometimes interesting but often annoying Jesse Eisenberg (the dude rapes people with rubber bears), who carefully creates a scenario in which the two titans face each other.
BvS does not work for many reasons. On the one hand, it’s a poorly structured film that plays out almost like a slow-burning drama for most of the 2.5-hour performance, culminating in 3 massive action demonstrations. Unlike the more balanced ones The man of steel,, BvS he gets so lost in his complex ideas and title that he forgets to provide the bare foundations of the superhero movie – the fun. He is also so busy building the legend and psychology of these iconic figures that you can barely see them in action (the only real Batman battle scenes that see him in all his notoriety are at the very end of the film).
Then there’s the final confrontation between Batman and Superman – a pointless confrontation that ends with Martha’s now iconic sequence, and the ensuing “let’s be friends” movement. Apart from the stupidity of how it is played, it is a conflict that does not feel won. In contrast, c Captain America: Civil War when Cap and Iron Man finally stand up, it breaks your heart because it feels inevitable, because you understand why you sympathize with both parties. That doesn’t mean there aren’t great comic book moments like the triumphant introduction A strange woman and this whole sequence of Nightmare and Batman’s vision for the future.
Beyond them, the power of the film lies in the ideas it explores along the way. The essence of BvS is a world that struggles with the existence of Superman, and he struggles with this world. How do you handle the idea that such a being exists? Either you feel threatened by him (Batman), you are very jealous of him (Lex Luthor), you deify him (people around the world), you try to hug him (Senator Finch of Holly Hunter and General Swanwick) or you try to see the man beyond power (Lois Lane).
Justice League (2017)
And then, there was Justice League – The answer to the question: Could the film really be for nothing?
Although it’s a useful film as a pointless team, it’s all about the film feelings as a patch. Joss Whedon essentially removed the specificity of what made Snyder’s aesthetics and approach so distinctive, and doubled the worst aspects of the DC movies by giving us a soulless, bloated CGI heavy blockbuster. There is nothing particularly terrible or good about the film. It’s just completely devoid of personality and superior only in how it manages to keep you off for two consecutive hours, giving you almost nothing to hold or invest.
First, there’s the big bad Steppenwolf, which is the dictionary definition of a forgetful CGI villain. Then there is the already infamous mustache gate, given Henry Cavill, who raised a mustache Mission Impossible: Fallout which the creators of this film refused to allow him to shave. For Weden’s re-photos, they had to remove his mustache in the mail. And yes, in the end, he looked as ridiculous and upset as he sounded. (Although in the back, this proved to be a useful way to identify which scenes were reshoots from Snyder’s original footage).
Strange pixelated face aside, Justice League also completely removes the rainbow of Superman’s two films, reducing him, and essentially every other character in the film, to a hollow imitation of themselves. All of this leads to a spectacularly exhausting final brawl, which is a huge blur of repetitive CGI visualizations.
We can only hope that finally experiencing Snyder’s original vision not only improves exponentially in this film, but also turns out to be worth the long wait and noise that led to it.