As you may have heard, Zack Snyder is releasing his long-awaited director’s cut of 2017’s Justice League. With a four-year wait, and a lot of money pumped into this re-cut of a movie that already happened and was already underwhelming, Snyder is under a lot of pressure (as is Warner Bros.). Based on everything we’ve seen so far, this director’s cut has the potential to be a colossal failure.
The expectations are too high right now. Even with the magic of editing, the main plot will more than likely be the same or similar, and the villain of Steppenwolf will probably just as generic and disappointing as he already was. You can only change so much before it’s an entirely different movie.
The thing is, there has been a lot of new content filmed. GameRant reports that the new film’s run time is 240 minutes. To be almost an hour longer than the magnum opus that was Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is a bit egregious since this Justice League was supposed to be the first film of its franchise.
They already shot themselves in the foot by throwing this film together without going through the process of origin stories, giving casual fans zero frames of reference to lesser-known characters like Cyborg and the villain, Steppenwolf. What more can you do in a four-hour film where it wouldn’t turn into a bloated mess?
This seems like an impossible task that even Hollywood’s greatest directors wouldn’t be able to pull off. Zack Snyder is a decent director, but he’s relatively hit-or-miss when it comes to big-budget spectacles.
As a Justice League fan, hope for the best but expect the worst
If this cut is meant to give us more of a background on guys like Cyborg and The Flash, then this entire production seems counterproductive. If you’re given the ability to re-cut your film, and given an extra multi-million dollar budget, we would have to assume that Snyder has something outlandish for us.
It can’t be to develop characters that don’t change the outcome of the story. If Snyder added an hour just for character development then this four-year wait could be a massive waste of time.
As hopeful fans of the DCEU, we should all hope for this film’s success otherwise we may never see a director get these privileges again. However, as we consider all the factors, all signs point to Snyder botching this one.
Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Justice League will be streaming March 18 on HBO Max.