When Snyder first approached to helm a Justice League movie, he was coming off of the success of his 2013 Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Snyder was a longtime fan of the Justice League comics and was eager to bring the team to the big screen.
The Justice League had been teased in Man of Steel’s post-credits scene, with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) mentioning the team to Superman (Henry Cavill). Snyder wanted to use the League as a way to further explore the idea of Superman as a symbol of hope, and how he could inspire others to do good.
In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Batman (Ben Affleck) recruits Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to help him stop Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds), a powerful alien invader who is seeking to collect three powerful artifacts called the Mother Boxes.
The film was shot in a particularly dark and gritty tone, which Snyder felt reflected the current state of the world. He also wanted to make a more hopeful and inspiring film than Man of Steel, which was criticized for its dark and violent tone.
Justice League was originally scheduled to be released in two parts, but the second part was ultimately scrapped. Snyder has said that his cut of the film is a more complete version of his vision, and that he is proud of it.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a more action-packed and fast-paced film than Man of Steel and features some of the most impressive visual effects of any superhero movie to date. The film is also notable for its strong female characters, with Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Miller’s Flash being particular standouts.
While Snyder’s Justice League is not without its flaws, it is a more than worthy addition to the DC Extended Universe and is sure to please fans of the comics.