Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Justice Is Gray review

By Syed Islam, Staff Writer

On March 18th, 2021, HBOMax had released one of the most anticipated superhero movies for this year. Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Justice Is Gray is DC’s hope for redemption after Justice League’s failure in 2017. The original Justice League was supposed to be a film directed by Zack Snyder; however, Zack Snyder had to back out of the project due to unforeseen tragedies. As a replacement for Zack Snyder, DC had hired Joss Whedon to finish the film. Many DC fans were left heartbroken after hearing this significant change of directors, and their disappointment only grew stronger after the movie was released. Due to this disappointment, many DC fans had demanded Warner Bros let Zack Snyder get his director’s cut for the film and release a movie the way it was intended to be.


One of the first things many viewers notice about this movie is the total runtime. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a four-hour-long movie, making it one of the longest movies created during the 2000s. The film is broken down into six parts and an epilogue. Most of the movie follows the original plot from the first movie, but many details are expanded upon. Many believed that there was a lack of depth and attachment for all the characters in the film, but Zack Snyder does an excellent job of connecting each event and adding importance.


The expansion of the characters’ backstories also makes this movie a superior one compared to its predecessor. There was a far more profound expansion into Cyborg’s motivations and his upbringing as well as The Flash’s. Cyborg was highly neglected in the first movie, and barely any attention was given to him. There was also a large amount of attention given to the villains in this movie, particularly Darkseid. In the first movie, the primary villain was Steppenwolf, a subordinate to Darkseid, but in this movie, Darkseid was given more attention and was treated as the main villain.


There were no significant changes with the actors of this film, and all the actors performed phenomenally. Ezra Miller, who played The Flash, did a brilliant job of adding comic relief throughout the movie. Ezra Miller in Justice League was highly disappointing due to corny and unnatural jokes added in unnecessary scenes. However, his comedy in this movie is a clear contrast from the first, as much of the jokes feel natural, and his personality complements well with Aquaman’s serious behavior.


Overall, there is very little to complain about concerning this movie. It is a considerable upgrade from the original Justice League and does a great job of redeeming DC. The four-hour runtime does take a toll on the audience, but it is hardly an issue after frequent breaks. This movie should be given a try by everyone that is a fan of superhero movies regardless of whether they prefer Marvel or DC.