Review: Zack Snyder’s “Justice League”


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From right to left: Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman

Manuel Cantero, Staff Writer

Zack Snyder’s Justice League released this year on March 18, and fans were eager for its release after waiting approximately 3 years.

This version of the movie is four hours long compared to Joss Whedon’s two-hour version, which disappointed fans for its lack of story. It is said that Zack Synder stepped back for a while because his daughter had passed away, which explains the end credit scenes dedicated to his daughter.

It is a long movie, so there is a lot to break down. The movie continues to keep several scenes from the original, but there are many new additions that we needed to see. The audience gets to see more of Cyborg’s story, Steppenwolf’s new and better look, more of the flash, a sneak peak of Green Lantern, (which unfortunately the studio didn’t allow Zack to introduce, but was actually in the script), also the introduction of Martian Manhunter, more of evil superman, the Joker, way more action, and most importantly, Darkseid.

The story is broken down into chapters. The story begins with the scene of “Batman V Superman” where Superman is killed by Doomsday and it seems that his death wakes up the Mother Boxes, making it seem as if Superman is very strong and the Mother Boxes are scared of how strong he is and now Darkseid can take over Earth. The same scenes continue as Batman tries to find all the characters since he perceives that there is danger and eventually finds everyone and forms a team, just like the first version. They get into fights and realize that they actually need Superman. Once Steppenwolf finds two Mother Boxes, he finds his ‘evil lair’ and plans to use that to bring Darkseid into Earth.

He eventually speaks to Darkseid since he has debt with him over a betrayal and that is his payment. A scene that changed was the fight with the old Gods, which portrayed Darkseid getting beat up, trying to find the anti-life equation. The justice league has seemed to still have one more Mother Box, the one that brought Cyborg back to life. They used that one to  bring back superman in his Kryptonian ship. However, the tables turned and it didn’t seem like a good idea. The ship’s technology tells the League to not combine Kryptonian technology with foreign tech. Even the members didn’t like the idea, but Batman insisted. That is when Cyborg sees a vision of the future where everyone dies, and superman becomes evil and teams up with Darkseid. This is linked with Batman’s nightmare where the future Flash tells him that Lois Lane is the key. That means that If Lois Lane dies, Superman becomes extremely heartbroken and becomes evil.

Superman comes back to life and the movie continues the same; however, there are more action scenes and more of Darkseid. Batman has another nightmare of evil Superman with the Joker, and wakes up to Martian Manhunter introducing himself, offering his help. He knows Darkseid is still coming and he is after the anit-life equation when the movie ends.

This movie has received better reviews than the first one. Rotten Tomatoes has given it a 71% compared to Joss Whedon’s 40%. I understand why Zack’s movie has better reviews: the movie is just simply a better version that DC fans were desperate for. We don’t know if we will receive another “Justice league” since Zack has stepped down for future productions. Hopefully we can see a fight with the Justice league and Darkseid. Also, I am eager to see Green Lantern and hopefully a more evil version of the movie, where Superman and Darkseid team up. Overall, this movie was impressive and an upgrade from the original.

Overall grade: A-