Zack Snyder’s Justice League is most anticipated superhero flick of the year
After an underwhelming 2017 release of the Justice League, fans have been clamoring for the original version from the director, Zack Snyder. The 300 director, who was the initial producer of the Justice League movie, had to leave production due to family tragedy. The project was taken over by Joss Whedon who proceeded to create quite a number of alterations to Snyder’s original plot, which many fans didn’t approve of. And after three years of petitioning by both DC fans and of course Zack Snyder himself, we’ll finally get to see Justice League Director’s Cut this year.
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Anticipation is high as the 2017 theatrical release was somewhat of an average showing, but also because Snyder has a knack for going outside the norms in terms of script-writing and production. Recently released trailer footage revealed a ton of information on what to expect from the Snyder cut. There were some major differences from the 2017 version that were highlighted in the trailer worth pointing out.
There have been reports that the Snyder Cut could get an R-rating due to the level of violence and profanity contained in some of its scenes. Batman also drops an f-bomb in one of his scenes. While using the “f” word isn’t necessarily damnation, a high level of violence and profanity could tip the balance.
Speaking recently to Entertainment Weekly, Snyder explained; “Here’s one piece of information nobody knows: The movie is insane and so epic and is probably rated R — that’s one thing I think will happen, that it will be an R-rated version, for sure, we haven’t heard from the MPAA, but that’s my gut.”
Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation
Arguably most important sequence comes right at the beginning of the trailer with Uxas aka Darkseid supposedly activating the Anti-Life Equation. In the theatrical version, Darkseid was omitted and SteppenWolf, his uncle was the main villain instead. This sequence reveals Darkseid is apparently a huge part of Snyder’s plans. This makes sense because in the comic storyline, Darkseid invades earth to retrieve the Anti-Life Equation when his uncle fails to do so.
Batman Vs Joker Face-off
Another sequence had a subtle Easter egg where a piece of paper with the Joker’s face on it floated across. This is obviously Snyder’s subtle way of hinting at the Joker’s appearance in the movie. Even though it might just be a cameo appearance, Snyder has been very vocal about how fond he is of Gotham’s crime genius. Now with Jared Leto’s confirmed return fans can finally expect the big face-off between Batfleck and Joker!
Superman’s Black Suit
The trailer reveals more clips of Superman’s new look. The Man of Steel steps out in a new black suit and looks almost untouchable. Throughout the trailer footage, he spots the black except in a hologram image in one of the scenes, signaling his complete shift from the familiar red cape.
The shift will also be noticed in the character itself as the Black suit signifies Superman succumbing to the dark side and eventually earning the classic blue one.
The Grand Apokoliptic Battle
The trailer also revealed the king of Atlantis, Atlan leading to suggestions that Zeus and the Olympians might get involved in the conflict. Furthermore, the Amazonian army was seen in the trailer defending the Mother Box. The final battle would be undeniably grander than what we saw in the theatrical cut.
Old Villain in New Design
But even more eye-catching was the new and improved Steppenwolf revealed in his shiny and spiked armour. Snyder’s design for the Apokoliptian villain is totally different from Whedon and Warner Bros, which appears to be almost biomechanical and more in line with the nightmarish, HR Giger-like features.
Snyder’s version of Justice League, which cost Warner Bros an extra $70 million, will be released on HBO Max in 2021. A date for theater release has not been reported yet.