ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE REVIEW
It’s here! After years of hashtags and speculations, the Snyder Cut is out on HBO Max for everyone to see in its four-hour long, R-rated, 4:3 aspect ratio glory. What’s the synopsis of this movie? Well…it’s both exactly the same plot as Joss Whedon’s Justice League and yet it’s very different in small but significant ways. Steppenwolf, henchman to the galactic dictator Darkseid, has come to Earth to find the Mother Boxes, powerful machines that can terraform Earth to emulate the atmosphere of Darkseid’s home world Apokolips. Having had premonitions of this threat, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) begins his quest to assemble a team of the world’s finest heroes to stop this invader. While watching the movie, Wright, Mike, Jennifer, and Justin were curious over whether this director’s cut would be be a legitimate improvement over Whedon’s version or if it would be a overstuffed monstrosity people feared it would be. And in a way…it’s kind of both. Listen here to see who championed this film as a symbol of hope for the DCEU and who felt it underlined the franchise’s greatest flaws.
**This review comes in a considerably longer, uncut, video version for TIME LORD and above subscribers right here**
DIRECTED BY: Zack Snyder
STARRING: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jason Mamoa, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Ray Porter, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Ryan Zheng, Joe Morton, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, Kiersey Clemons, Peter Guinness, Harry Lennix, Jared Leto, J.K. Simmons, Jesse Eisenberg, David Thewlis, Amber Heard
Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He’s co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. His current hosting gig is with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright is also hosting reviews with Screener Squad and editing reviews as well.
Justin Zarian (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, Assistant Site Manager)
Justin’s fate as a movie fanatic was written in the stars when his birth forced his parents to cancel their planned Oscar viewing party. While growing up in California, he was often seen in front of the television watching and re-watching Star Wars, Jurassic Park, classic Disney movies and a steady stream of animated shows. This eventually led to a B.A. in Film at Brigham Young University and an Outstanding Student Teacher Award for displaying a level of film knowledge so insane that even his fellow film students couldn’t compete. He received his M.A. from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a teaching certificate, but still volunteers at One of Us every so often for the fun of it. His hobbies include non-stop film conversations, wondering how Mass Effect 3’s ending went so wrong, espousing the joys of shooting guns (but not hunting, as he’s quick to note), writing the next great American television show in his head, and anything else entertainment related. You can find him on Facebook once in a blue moon.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Jennifer Lynn Larsen (Giganticast, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Born near Seattle, WA, Jennifer has transplanted to Austin TX and is equal parts Roller Derby Girl, Cosplayer, Dungeon Master, Mothra Priestess, and game nerd. She writes the weekly Cosplay beat for Bell of Lost Souls under the name Mayhem’s Muse and travels the world competing in traditional Ground and Horseback archery tournaments with The Eastern Contingent. She comes to OneOfUs by way of Rage Select, where she is part of the dynamic duo “Team JRPG” with magical girl and fellow contributor Matt Frank. (So, SO much fangirling). Jennifer is known for her love of Dragonlance, classic JRPGS, and all things 1980s. She is a regular contributor to Giganticast and is currently diving through every Mothra project ever created. She just returned from her first appearance at G-Fest where she cosplayed as Miana of the Houtua.
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