Movie Review – ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

On my birthday this year, I saw ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ (affectionately known as ‘the Synder Cut’) which I purchased on Amazon Prime Video. This was my birthday cinema movie at home to match to the likes of ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’.

I enjoyed watching ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’. It was intriguing to see a different interpretation of the ‘Justice League’ film that I’d seen at cinemas back in November 2017. This is the film version that director Zack Snyder wanted to show to us as an audience and it’s good to see it in completion.

I think it is common knowledge that the original ‘Justice League’ film had a troubled production. Zack Synder had to leave the making of the film due to the tragic death of his daughter Autumn. 😦 Former ‘MCU’ director Joss Whedon took over to finish the film and the reception wasn’t well-received. 😦

At the time, I didn’t mind the original ‘Justice League’ film when I saw it at the cinema in 2017 and I gave it high praise. Looking back though and seeing/reading reviews of it, I can see why the original ‘Justice League’ film didn’t win everyone over. I also heard Joss Whedon was not easy to work with.

So it’s good to see what would have been the preferred version of the ‘Justice League’ film that Zack Snyder wanted to give us as cinema-goers. I don’t think Zack Snyder’s version of ‘Justice League’ would have been shown in its run time at the cinemas since it’s about 4 hours long. Yeah! 4 hours! 😮

That’s more than the length Zack Snyder gave to his ultimate edition of ‘Batman v Superman’. I’m glad Snyder divided the film up into six parts with an epilogue at the end. It gave me and my parents the chance to take certain comfort breaks when we’d seen about an hour or so of the film during the day.

It’s also a good film to see on a rainy day. I’m glad I choose my birthday to see the new ‘Justice League’ film by Snyder since my parents and I can watch the film knowing when to pause at certain moments. I also purchased the film which also contains the ‘Justice is Grey’ version via Amazon Prime Video.

That means there’s a colour version of the film and there’s a black-and-white version of the film. I don’t know why there’s a black-and-white version of the film after the colour version is shown, but it’s like an extra special feature. I’m pleased it was £13.99 to purchase the film on Amazon Prime Video.

But what about the new ‘Justice League’ film itself? Does it improve over the original film that was put together by Joss Whedon? Well, yes, I think it does. It certainly helps to have some extra scenes that weren’t seen in the original film and it’s great to see how the film is re-edited by Zack Snyder. 🙂

It’s also good to see how the characters are given more development throughout the film, including Cyborg’s relationship with his father as well as Aquaman’s relationship with the Atlanteans (foreshadowing his own ‘Aquaman’ movie). It’s also good to see characters that weren’t seen in the original film.

The new version of ‘Justice League’ follows the same plot as the original film. Batman assembles his Justice League team of Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and the Flash as they revive Superman from death and try to save the world from a catastrophic threat. It was easy to know what to expect.

The difference in the new film I believe is when it’s established that Darksied is the main baddie and not Steppenwolf who leads the Parademon army and is a servant to Darksied. There are also scenes not included from the original film like the opening sequences of Superman being interviewed by kids on a phone camera and Batman trying to capture a Parademon at the beginning of the film. There’s also Superman and the Flash’s race in the mid-credits sequence of the original film omitted in the new film. 😐

Most of the cast from the original ‘Justice League’ film are in the new film. There’s Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman and Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/the Flash. There’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diana Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf. There’s also Amber Heard playing Mera and Joe Morton as Silas Stone, Cyborg’s father.

There are also characters in the new film that weren’t in the original. There’s Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko (who also appeared in ‘Aquaman’) and there’s Ray Porter as Darksied. Jared Leto (who was in ‘Suicide Squad’) returned to play the Joker in the closing epilogue for the new ‘Justice League’ film. 🙂 There’s also Harry Lennix as Martian Manhunter who meets up with Bruce Wayne at the film’s end.

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor did appear in the original film, but I missed seeing his scene when I watched the film at cinemas. I managed to see his scene towards the end of the new ‘Justice League’ film, but I believe some dialogue has been re-edited to replace some dialogue he said in the original film.

I’m pleased that I’ve seen the new ‘Justice League’ film by Zack Snyder. I’m glad he was able to put together this new film for us to enjoy. It was certainly something worth watching over my birthday. It’s pretty long, but the extra character development and extra scenes featured are all well worth it.

Incidentally, I also enjoyed that scene where Barry Allen rescued a potential love interest in Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and picked up some sausages along the way. 😀 I’m looking forward to when ‘The Flash’ movie is coming out in 2022 and hopefully will feature Michael Keaton’s Batman in it too.

Not sure I approve of the black-suited Superman in the new Snyder cut of the ‘Justice League’ film. He could end up being Super-Venom for all I know. 😀 I prefer the blue-suited and red-caped Superman outfit he wrote in ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Batman v Superman’ and the original ‘Justice League’ film. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

  1. Timelord 007

    Loved this film it far superior cut & while unlikely we’d had this as Zack’s theatrical version due to the running time we’d got this cut on blu ray which is released May 24th.

    Good review Tim, i agree i prefer the red & blue superman suit, the reason he wears the black suit is to help heal & regenerative him it’s not supposed be a final fitting as you’ll notice the end dream sequence he’s in his red & blue suit.

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Batman saying the F’ word that was quite a shock to hear & those sequences were added because originally The Flash film would seen Flashpoint arc which changed events.

    I think the action & scale is on par with Avengers in fact i prefer this to Endgame because i felt Endgame droped the ball big time with it’s forced humour.

    Sadly never get the proposed sequel which is a shame as after seeing this version of Justice League i want know what happens next.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Many thanks for your comments about the new ‘Justice League’ film and very pleased you enjoyed my review.

      I’m glad you find this film superior to the original film. I already own the film on Amazon Prime Video as well as ‘Aquaman’ but thanks for letting me know about the Blu-ray release.

      It was interesting to see Superman in a black suit for a change. I thought that Superman had become totally evil when he donned it in the trailers. Interesting how it’s meant to heal and regenerate him. I had no idea that was the case. 😀

      To be honest, I forgot Ben Affleck’s Batman uttered the F word in the new film. Cyborg said it too, I believe. I’m sure Batman said the F word in the ultimate edition of ‘BvS’ (I could be wrong there). I look forward to when the new ‘Flash’ film comes out featuring the Flash of course as well as Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck’s Batmen. 😀

      I’m glad ‘Zack Synder’s Justice League’ was the equivalent of an ‘Avengers’ film this year, but like you said with less forced humour as in ‘Endgame’. Yeah it’s a shame we haven’t got the follow-up to this new ‘Justice League’ film as the end sequences building to a potential sequel seem really interesting.

      Many thanks again, Simon.

      Tim 🙂

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