HBO Max has released The Snyder Cut…to certain members of the press and other advance viewers. The rest of the world must wait till Thursday, but the first social media reactions are flooding in. By most accounts so far, the four-hour DC superhero movie epic is worth the long sit. Let’s take a look at some of the Zack Snyder’s Justice League reactions.
Longtime superhero scooper Umberto Gonzales, of The Wrap and Heroic Hollywood, watched his screener more than once, for a total of over twelve hours.
#ZackSnydersJusticeLeague does indeed exist, I seen it THREE TIMES now, & IT IS FREAKIN’ AWESOME! I had an absolute blast watching each time & shocked at just how good it actually is and how well it plays! Action packed, it hits all the beats & that @Junkie_XL score is straight [fire] pic.twitter.com/UgFW1Le9kA
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) March 14, 2021
io9’s Germain Lussier calls it “bloated,” but he’s still a fan overall.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League: I enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s both very different, and eerily similar, to the original film with almost all of the changes and additions improving the characters and story. Better motivations. Bigger stakes. It’s bloated but superior & worth the wait pic.twitter.com/h7PRADzeJn
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) March 14, 2021
Comic Book Debate’s Sheraz Farooqi compares it to another cinematic epic, as high praise:
#ZackSnydersJusticeLeague is DC’s Lord of the Rings. Simple as that.
Epic and grand, JL is led by great performances, especially from Ray Fisher.
— Sheraz Farooqi (@SherazFarooqi_) March 14, 2021
Contrary to the stereotype, it’s not just a bunch of dudes who like it.
Enjoyed #TheSnyderCut immensely. It provides lots more clarity & cohesion to these beloved heroes and their struggle, rooting the action in intense stakes. Restoring the backstories does a world of good to everyone, but especially Ray Fisher. #JusticeLeagueSnyderCut pic.twitter.com/fbjyzvxAp6
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) March 14, 2021
Fandango’s Erik Davis thought it worth the wait.
I can now say that I have watched #ZackSnydersJusticeLeague and it is far superior to the original theatrical version. Rich character development, much better action, a coherent story & some terrific badass moments. Definitely a long watch, but I never felt tired of it. Well done pic.twitter.com/QXyQLdUApv
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 14, 2021
ComicBookMovie’s Josh Wilding liked it a lot.
So, I guess I’m allowed to share my reaction to #ZackSnydersJusticeLeague. Folks, this is the superhero movie event of the decade. It’s a completely different beast, and absolutely epic on every level. @ray8fisher steals the show as #Cyborg – SO good. #JusticeLeague #SnyderCut pic.twitter.com/zeIUoXJQec
— Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) March 14, 2021
Collider’s Steve Weintraub emphasizes that indeed, this is the superior cut.
#TheSnyderCut is loaded with scenes people haven’t seen & are going to love. It is such a better movie than the theatrical cut of #JusticeLeague. Night and day difference. Saying that have no idea how this version could have ever been released in theaters. Perfect for @hbomax. pic.twitter.com/Fnamv6GcKj
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 14, 2021
Forbes’ Scott Mendelson noted definite improvements but found it overlong.
#JusticeLeagueSnyderCut is an assembly cut w/ finished effects. Its the same core movie we saw in 2017 w/ two hours of deleted scenes & some slightly altered versions of existing beats. Two reasons to watch: The action climax is much better and Cyborg gets the deserved spotlight. pic.twitter.com/bUSmiJwccT
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) March 14, 2021
As for our own writer?
Just got word the social media embargo on #ZackSnydersJusticeLeague is lifted. So let me say I am surprised by the degree to which it’s an arthouse kind of superhero movie. It’s not what haters or supporters fully expected; a slow-paced epic that lets you inhabit that space.
— Luke Y. Thompson (@LYTrules) March 14, 2021
While early reviews tend to trend enthusiastic, the consensus so far is clear: the movie is big and epic. Even if the length is daunting, it’s a definite improvement. And that’s exactly what most people wanted from it. Our full-length review will run later in the week.
What other reactions have you seen so far? Let us know in comments!
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