Into the Snyder-Verse: Why We Needed The Snyder Cut
In this piece, Allison shares her thoughts on the Snyder Cut of Justice League, and how she felt it measured up to the Joss Whedon theatrical release. From character development to the movie-making process, Allison explains why this film might just signal justice for the Justice League.
The idea of remaking a movie while it’s still well within its marketable lifetime is something we don’t really see from Hollywood. While you could argue that the Joss vs. Snyder Cut debate is no different than rebooting a franchise à la Maguire/Garfield/Holland of Spider-Man fame, I would have to disagree. I think that the Snyder Cut truly is different from a franchise reboot, in both its style and execution.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a recut, not reboot. That fundamental difference is what makes viewing the Snyder Cut a totally new movie-going experience. (Movie going is a loose term, though. I live in a Toronto adjacent hot spot in Ontario, Canada, and haven’t been in a theatre in over a year).
The Snyder Cut was always going to be “the better version”. Not only is this cut the director’s original vision and in line with what the cast signed on for, but it has the gift of hindsight. Releasing the Snyder Cut took on all the missteps of the original theatrical Joss Whedon release. This film took on the fan rhetoric and the ability to build something that was universally more acceptable in that landscape of superhero stories.
Justice League, Assemble
Joss Whedon essentially made Justice League: Let’s be the Avengers. Don’t get me wrong, the MCU provides some of the finest and most fun superhero movie-making to date. However, as we have learned time and time again, DC and Marvel are not interchangeable. What works for the Avengers doesn’t play the same in a world where Batman exists. I suspect that Snyder’s vision for this movie was a standalone, with characters worth their mettle and worthy of their decades-old mantles. The Nolan Batman movies set the tone for these films to be told in a more grounded, real-world, gritty landscape. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is not your grandma’s superhero movie.
Aaaand cue the groans and trolls…
This was the first time I had watched a movie with Superman in it and LIKED the character. Superman as a character and hero has never resonated with me. I’ve never read or watched an iteration of Superman that I believe stands up to the insurmountable task of being the hope he is supposed to inspire…but why I hate Superman is an argument for another time…
Cyborg’s Time to Shine
The Snyder Cut is a great team movie that made me feel for characters like Cyborg. Cyborg’s a character who was, quite simply, sidelined in Whedon’s version for deeply entrenched reasons of racial inequality in movie-making. In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Cyborg actually has depth and elicits an emotional response. We learn about Cyborg’s parents, his successes, who his father was, and how that shapes his character as a whole…all of which are things I never felt watching the Joss cut.
The Real Superheroes?
The real-world take-away from the Joss vs Snyder Cut argument is that Snyder suffered something most of us (thank goodness) will never have to endure. Snyder’s job is to make movies, and in his family’s time of crisis and need, he left his job. Who among us wouldn’t have done the same?
The thing that really chaps my ass about all of this is that all Joss had to do was have some empathy for what Snyder was going through. Joss just had to be gracious enough, putting aside ego, and make the movie as intended. I know Hollywood is a cutthroat, dog-eat-dog place. However, I was foolishly mistaken into thinking that a shred of human decency would be reflected in the movie-making process. A process that is, at its core, about teamwork, honour, and most of all, hope. It could have been such a wonderful opportunity to come together, and show the world that we can be heroic in simply honouring one and another. Unfortunately, it was instead a missed opportunity that will inform my movie choices going forward from the executives and Joss Whedon respectively.
Justice for the Justice League
In the end, Batman felt like the dark knight I have grown up to love. Cyborg was fleshed out and had great story roots, Wonder Woman was awesome as always. Although I think that the Flash should not have survived the end of the movie, I did enjoy the ride. I might not love Superman, but Henry Cavill can do no wrong. Maybe I’ll have to give him another super chance..?
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