Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” finally finds its way to the screen

After years of fans demanding Warner Brothers (WB) to release Zack Snyder’s version of “Justice League,” they announced that Snyder will be finishing his version of the film last year and it has finally come to HBOMAX.

When “Justice League” was filming in 2016, Snyder had to step away from the project to deal with a family tragedy. Snyder decided to bring Joss Whedon on to finish the film. Whedon rewrote and reshot parts of the movie, changing the plot and bringing it down to its two-hour theatrical cut. After the original “Justice League” was released in theaters, fans were unhappy with the final product. They believed a different version of the movie existed and took to Twitter, calling for WB to #ReleasetheSnyderCut.

It is apparent in the first five minutes of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” that this version told a very different story in comparison to Whedon’s version. From the character development to the score, every aspect of the film was changed. The most obvious difference between the two films is their runtimes, Snyder’s version is four hours and two minutes, while Whedon’s was two hours. Even though this was longer than most superhero films, four hours was truly needed to fulfill Snyder’s vision.

The heroes are what make this version stand out. In this film, the little things matter and Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, actively demonstrated this in a wide variety of ways. The iconic fight scene at the beginning of the movie, where she saves the hostages in the museum, was outstanding. The audience will also enjoy a short yet heartwarming moment with Wonder Woman and a young girl she saves, telling her she can be whoever she wants to be. Cyborg and Flash, played by Raymond Fisher and Ezra Miller, were also given more time for character development, placing them above comic relief.

There was also more focus on other characters, such as Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams. She was a relatable character because of her struggle with depression after losing her fiance Clark Kent, Superman, played by Henry Cavill.

The main villain, Steppenwolf, was also allowed more time and his origins were better explained. He is an antagonist that exceeded the strength of the Justice League, Amazons and Atlanteans. As the film progresses the audience is constantly shown how powerful he is.

Snyder was also able to include Darkseid, a Thanos-like villain, and Desaad, who acted as Darkseid’s messenger. When Darkseid first spoke to Steppenwolf, Snyder did an amazing job demonstrating how much Steppenwolf feared him. Steppenwolf kneeled in front of Darkseid, his armor retracting, showing how vulnerable he was, which was something cut from the 2017 version.

Darkseid’s appearance was meant to set up a sequel movie. Despite the fact that Snyder said that he had plans for two more Justice League movies. WarnerMedia CEO Ann Sarnoff said that the release of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will conclude Snyder’s superhero trilogy.

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is now streaming on HBOMAX.