ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE (2021) World film connoisseurs


Especially those who like superhero-themed films set in the DC Extended Universe storytelling universe , are clearly familiar with a number of dramas that took place behind the scenes from the production process until the release of Justice League ( Zack Snyder , 2017). There were various problems during the production process, from the script of the story which was constantly being rewritten to the issue that Warner Bros. Pictures did not like the final product, Snyder then chose to give up his duties as director when Justice Leagueis in the post-production stage after he has to deal with a tragedy that befell his family. Warner Bros. Pictures then appointed Joss Whedon ( The Avengers , 2012) to fill the position and continue the process of making the film that Snyder left behind.

However, instead of continuing with Snyder’s script and storytelling, Whedon opted for a major restructuring of Justice League ‘s storytelling that required the entire cast and film crew to return to a number of reshoots four months before the film’s release. Snyder’s name was still placed as director for Justice League which was released in late 2017 but, it is estimated, only about ten percent of the images produced by Snyder were used in the final product that Whedon processed. Admittedly, in Whedon’s hands, the Justice Leaguecomes with a lighter tone of storytelling with a few touches of comedy nuanced dialogue that makes it look like The Avengers which Whedon previously worked on successfully. Unfortunately, the storyline offered by Whedon was not well received by film critics and connoisseurs of the DC Extended Universe films.

Using various social media platforms, various forms of criticism and protests were then voiced so that Warner Bros. Pictures released a full version of Snyder’s vision as director of Justice League . Slowly, the movement began to get responses from various parties, from fans of the DC Extended Universe films, film producers, to the ranks of the Justice League cast . Snyder himself began to provide his response to the existence of a full version of his vision as a director of Justice League in early 2019. Finally, at the end of 2020, Snyder ensured that the full version of Justice Leagueit will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures after going through a number of additional shooting processes. Released under the title Zack Snyder’s Justice League , this latest version of Justice League promises a more comprehensive story presentation in accordance with the color of the story that Snyder intended from the start with a story duration of 122 minutes longer than the Justice League which was released earlier .

Snyder divides the 242 minute presentation of Zack Snyder’s Justice League into six story sections and an epilogue. The story script still uses a story script that has been written by Chris Terrio ( Argo , 2012). After the death of Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman ( Henry Cavill ) as told in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Snyder, 2016), Bruce Wayne/Batman ( Ben Affleck ) along with Diana Prince/Wonder Woman ( Gal Gadot)) seeks to gather a number of human figures with special powers to unite to fight various evil forces that may be present and threaten the existence of Earth and all its contents. From their search, Bruce Wayne/Batman and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman managed to find and collect Arthur Curry/Aquaman ( Jason Momoa ) who is a prince from the Kingdom of Atlantis, Barry Allen/The Flash ( Ezra Miller ) who has the ability to move quickly, and Victor Stone/Cyborg ( Ray Fisher ) who has a half-human and half-machine body. The group finds their first opponent when an alien from outer space known as Darkseid ( Ray Porter) seeks to conquer and rule Earth through the intercession of one of his henchmen, Steppenwolf ( Ciarán Hinds ).


Then, what about the quality of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which is predicted to be Snyder’s complete vision for the Justice League itself? Well … with a story duration that reaches 242 minutes, of course Snyder has the freedom to develop a number of stories for a number of conflicts and characters that may have felt shallow in the previous Justice League presentation . Each character now gets a more adequate portion of the story: interactions with the characters Nuidis Vulko ( Willem Dafoe ) and Mera ( Amber Heard).) gives a deeper dimension to Arthur Curry/Aquaman’s character, Barry Allen/The Flash’s character gets a storyline that can make his presence feel more radiant, while the presence of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Diana Prince/Wonder Woman characters now feels more crucial for development. film storyline in advanced stages.

A very significant change can be felt in the storytelling given to the figure of Victor Stone/Cyborg. Zack Snyder’s Justice League doesn’t just provide a background story about the early existence and involvement of the character Victor Stone/Cyborg. This film is even able to provide a slick story space for the character’s personal story about his relationship with his father, Silas Stone ( Joe Morton ), which later turns into one of the emotional moments for the journey of the film’s story as a whole. If in the previous version of Justice League the audience could not feel the benefits of the presence of the character, then in Zack Snyder’s Justice Leaguethe character of Victor Stone/Cyborg is the heart and soul of the film’s storytelling. A successful change provides a strong boost to the storytelling quality of Zack Snyder’s Justice League .

Unfortunately, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is still unable to present a more interesting story for Lois Lane ( Amy Adams ). The same thing can also be felt in the development of the villain characters presented in this film. With the duration of the story being twice as long as the duration of the previous film, villain characters like Darkseid and Steppenwolf feel so shallow – both in terms of extracting their characters and the motivation for their presence in the storytelling of the film. The same problem that existed in the early version of Justice League and still plagues Zack Snyder’s Justice Leagueis the weakness of dialogue and plot development that feels essential. The dialogues that are present in this film often have a technical tone to support the smoothness and continuation of the plot of the story rather than as a medium of communication between the characters. Zack Snyder’s Justice League also never feels like it has a full story plot that is useful other than as a stepping stone for each character in the storyline of this film to be developed in the next DC Extended Universe film series.

Of course, Snyder deserves more credit for his efforts to bring about a film presentation with his storytelling vision intact. His struggles have resulted in presentations about superheroes that are thick with Snyder’s identity and identity as a storyteller. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is well-packaged in terms of both technical presentation and storytelling rhythm, which ensures this film is told clearly and smoothly. Although the quality of the story script does not provide strong support to justify the (too) long duration of the story, the focus on the superhero characters and the appearance of the actors who are able to bring each of these characters to life is quite successful in making Zack Snyder’s Justice League.never feels boring. And, like it or not, maybe that’s enough for this film.

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