It took 4 years and an additional $ 70 million to see the "director's cut" of the 2017 film "Justice League".
Why did we come to this new version?
Let's take a short step back.
Justice League, written and directed by Zack Snyder in 2016, had a troubled production following an alternation between Snyder and Joss Whedon in post-production, thus leading in 2017 to a final version different from that conceived in pre-production and in progress. : Snyder left production following his grief, the loss of his daughter Autumn (to whom the Director's cut is dedicated) and some disagreements with Warner Bros.
The latter asked Joss Whedon for a 120-minute version of the film with a more ironic slant, making him shoot additional scenes.
But in the hands of Joss Whedon, the essence, style and content of the project changed.
In purely cinematic terms, the film was not hailed as a success but was not entirely dismayed by critics, especially impressed by the first meeting on the big screen of the main DC superheroes.
It was the fans, above all, who complained about a profound lack of taste and continuity with the previous films, an evident reworking of the original material, an almost radical change of tone and a simply miserable duration, not even two hours to introduce in live-action that. which was supposed to be the Justice League, a direct label rival of Marvel's Avengers.
The film did not meet the expected success (and box office), but fans of the DC Universe kept clamoring to Warner Bros. to see what Snyder's Cut would be by making the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut go viral.
It took 4 years and another 70 million dollars to see what the director had actually thought and I am now answering the question contained in the title of the article: was it worth it?
The cut designed and wanted by Zack Snyder transforms the film into an epic work: just under 4 hours, almost double the previous version, for a result that restores thickness and depth to each character, adds figures that had been cut in the version. previous and a completely new conclusion.
Not only that: the figure of Steppenwolf, has been inserted as it was originally thought, much more alien than humanized, and Superman himself wears the black costume, which fans of the comic already know, but which Warner did not want to be used.
The result: a film divided into 6 chapters plus an epilogue, where everything is clearer, everything regains sacredness, starting from the death of Superman, shot at the beginning of the film, up to the epilogue that opens up new scenarios.
None of the additional scenes shot by Joss Whedon were used in Snyder's Cut (and frankly we don't miss them), but the only veto imposed by Warner was the use of Green Lantern which, although it was shot, is not was eventually inserted.
This re-edition is one of those events to be seen with curiosity, to talk about, to confront without pride and try to reason in total honesty. Because yes, even though the plot is “the same” as that of 2017, in reality, it is something completely, drastically, essentially different from the film of three and a half years ago: a title in which to dive back into with a different mental openness, accepting the unfortunately intrinsic defects, then the new ones deriving from the operation, but still trying to enjoy all the good there is.
For me personally, the film was very enthusiastic and I think it does justice to the first appearance of the Justice League.
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