If you’ve been following along, you probably know I’m a huge MCU nerd. Love it to bits. The DCEU… not so much. They’ve had a few that were pretty fun (WW1, Aquaman, Shazam), but I felt a lot of the rest was just a mess, tonally and structurally. Warner was too focused on trying to play catchup with Marvel, and didn’t build things out properly.
Justice League was possibly the worst of all, and I was openly skeptical that there was any combination of filmed or cut footage that was going to turn it into a good film.
I’ve now watched the Snyder Cut of Justice League, and I don’t mind saying… it was fine. It’s still not what I would consider a “good” movie, and it’s ridiculously self-indulgent, but it is far and away a more interesting movie than Whedon’s original concoction.
There’s no way Snyder ever thought he was going to be allowed to put a 4 hour movie into theaters, so I’m not sure it’s really fair to the compare the two, but with the extra characters the film had to introduce (Aquaman, Flash, Cyborg), the extra time definitely does give it some breathing room.
I’m not a big DCEU fan, but I’m glad we got to see this alternate take, and I’m glad DC fans got some extra content.
With that said, I’m not sure I love the way a lot of the fanbase went about their agenda to get it made, with harassment and threats. And I’m a little sad it’s empowered faith in those tactics for bullying Warner Bros with this #RestoreTheSnyderverse movement. I’m not looking forward to hearing about this hashtag for the next 5-10 years as Warner Bros tries to navigate the disparate pieces of their DC film franchises in the shadow of Snyder’s unrealized sequels. Movies that will never be able to compete with the headcanon these fans have imagined for themselves regarding what could have been.