Justice League Snyder Cut Review: Director's Zack Snyder's best comic book movie till date, say critics

Rotten Tomatoes has not yet posted an audience score for Zack Snyder's Justice League but critics have put Justice League Snyder Cut above the original version that was released in 2017.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Mar 17, 2021 10:40 IST
Justice League Snyder Cut Review: Director's Zack Snyder's best comic book movie till date, say critics
Justice League Snyder Cut

As we know that Zack Snyder's Justice League is scheduled for a release on HBO Max on March 18 after four years since fans have been campaigning for the Snyder Cut version to be released. As fans are waiting for it to be released online, an early screening of the upcoming DC film was conducted and critics have reviewed it.

Critics have put Justice League Snyder Cut way above the original 2017 version that was directed by Avenger's director Joss whedon. Rotten Tomatoes, the four-hour-long Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the best-reviewed DC Extended Universe film.

Justice League Snyder Cut currently holds a 76% critic rating based on 107 critic reviews. While the majority of the film’s reviews have been positive a few critics have given negative reviews. The Hollywood Reporter described the film as “nearly unendurable as a single-sitting experience."

Apart from this, CBR’s review described “Justice League Snyder Cut movie feels like a true sequel to Man of Steel and Batman v Superman in ways Whedon’s version did not… Even those who disagree with Snyder’s interpretation of DC’s finest on a fundamental level may appreciate the smaller improvements here, like the absence of the infamous shot from Whedon’s film where the camera ogles Diana. It might even change their minds a little about Snyder’s work after all.”

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Justice League movie has been a point of controversies and discussions ever since its inception, the movie was planned as a perfect response to Marvel's growing universe and JS was supposed to be DC's version of Avengers, however, things didn't go well because of the build-up to the movie and a mixed response on Batman V Superman created a lot of problems for WB. 

Adding to the problems, Snyder stepped down from directorial duties during post-production of the film to properly deal with the death of his daughter, Autumn Snyder. Joss Whedon took over to handle post-production duties in Snyder's place.

In July 2017, it was announced the film was undergoing two months of reshoots in London and Los Angeles, with Warner Bros. putting about $25 million into them, more than the typical $6–10 million additional filming costs, which brought the budget of the film up to $300 million.

Justice League received mixed reviews. It was praised for its action sequences and acting but was criticized for the screenplay, pacing, and CGI, as well as its thin plot, and the underdeveloped villain. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 40% based on 400 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10.

The film turned out to be a commercial failure and Zack Snyder's hardcore fans revolted against WB for destroying Snyder's Version of Justice League and demanded the release of the Original Snyder Cut version of the Movie.

Immediately after the theatrical release of Justice League, which later gained the derisive nickname "Justice League", fans created an online petition to release the "Snyder Cut" that gained more than 180,000 signatures.

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Taking advantage of the hype and historical success of Avenger's Endgame, WB finally decided to release Snyder Cut version with an additional production budget of $70 million, taking the full budget to almost $370 million (almost equal to Avengers Endgame version). Justice League Snyder Cut movie will finally release on 18th March 2021. 

Like the theatrical release, Zack Snyder's Justice League follows the Justice League—Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and the Flash (Ezra Miller)—as they attempt to save the world from the catastrophic threat of Darkseid (Ray Porter) and Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) and their army of Parademons.

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