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We’re back with the second and the final part of our Zack Snyder’s Justice League review. The film is still a mess, but shaping up to be better than the original cut. It’s time to review the final two hours of this four-hour superhero saga. The film, obviously, is directed by Zack Snyder. It is written by Chris Terrio. The film stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman.
As I mentioned in the previous review, the Snyder cut does a tremendous job with the origins of Cyborg. Viewers get to see Victor Stone’s life before the horrific accident that almost killed him. The Mother Box, an alien device, is as connected to Cyborg as the Kryptonian spaceship is to Superman. If it wasn’t for the Mother Box, Cyborg wouldn’t exist. This inclusion into the film is a great addition by Snyder. However, a surprise addition follows.
After the scene where Cyborg explains the background of this particular Mother Box, we get a new sequence where Martha Kent is visiting Lois Lane in Metropolis. The pair chat with the surprise coming after the talk. Martha goes to the hallway after leaving and it’s unveiled that it’s actually the Martian Manhunter (Harry Lennix)! General Swanwick (Harry Lennix) from Man of Steel is secretly the Manhunter. He’s there to motivate a depressed Lois Lane to live again in the world. Why? His motivations are unclear.
In the original cut, there’s a scene where the Justice League resurrect Superman from the dead. The scene isn’t executed properly, as the tone is everywhere and the scene is confusing as to how Superman is resurrected. There wasn’t a thorough explanation. This time around, the movie explains better how the Mother Box can bring Superman to life. Also, the tone is better as the League are afraid of the resurrection and are somewhat at odds due to fear. Snyder introduces a new nightmare scene into this sequence. Cyborg gets a vision of what could possibly happen with Superman’s return. It seems that the future could be in peril with Superman’s return to the living.
Snyder shakes up the battle scene where Superman fights the Justice League. In the original version, Joss Whedon made the scene similar to an Avengers’ fight sequence. There’s drama injected with comical quips. Snyder’s version is all drama with peril as Superman is deadly in his return. The scene is smoother, cohesive, and it makes more sense.
The final battle sequence sees many creative changes. Unlike the original cut, the team actually loses briefly. Steppenwolf forms the Unity and the world explodes. For the first time, we get to see The Flash run into the past and rewind time. A huge, creative change that actually works flawlessly. It made the scene more impactful and that it takes the whole team to win. If Snyder gains enough success from this, we may get a sequel. It sets up a potential sequel where the league would fight Darkseid in a dark future.
Although the film’s odd at times, the Snyder cut is a deep improvement. Out of the three films he has directed, this is the best installment. Snyder had plans to do a five-film saga. Hopefully, this film generates enough buzz that Warner Brothers will let him complete his vision. If not, Snyder delivered a passionate project for the fans.
Overall rating: 3.5/5.
SPOILERS AHEAD! This is an in-depth review of the Snyder Cut for the Justice League film. Part one will review the first two hours of the movie as the film’s runtime is four hours long. Part two (the last two hours) will be reviewed at a later date. The film stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ezra Miller as The Flash.
The film begins by telling audiences that the movie was shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. They kept it this way as Zack Snyder wanted this ratio for the film if it was released in IMAX theaters. For those viewers that like the widescreen ratio, they may not appreciate this. The opening scene begins at the end of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Superman gets impaled by Doomsday, then lets out these epic screams. Screams that send out soundwaves that penetrate pivotal locations of the DC Universe. It’s haunting to see Superman’s scream echo throughout the world. In this same sequence, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is in a pool with no clear indication of what he’s doing. The scene is poorly executed as it’s clear that Eisenberg is in front of a green screen and perhaps the water around him is even digitally animated. It’s unclear if he’s trying to summon Steppenwolf or trying to activate the mother boxes that the Steppenwolf statue possesses.
Snyder introduces black title cards into the film now. He decided to break up the movie in parts. Around ten minutes into the film, the first black screen with a title is introduced. It reads, “Part 1: “Don’t Count On It, Batman.”” For a lengthy film, these title cards may be nifty to prepare viewers as to what’s to come next. It is reminiscent of how Quentin Tarantino introduces parts into his films.
Snyder injects the film with awkward song sequences and singing. It seems as if he’s going for a somber and emotional tone. In the scene where Bruce tries to recruit Arthur Curry/Aquaman to the league, Icelandic villagers sing as Aquaman goes underwater to swim as Bruce leaves the area. It comes off as creepy as one of the villagers sniffs Arthur’s discarded shirt while they sing. I believe the singing is why Bruce left.
Steppenwolf’s armor is more metal this time around. Steppenwolf has metal spikes on his armor that can pop outwards if he so pleases. It’s metal, but not an amazing look. Steppenwolf is sent to the earth to obtain the mother boxes. He seems formidable in his fight sequence with the Amazons. He seems to be trying to win the favor of his boss, Darkseid.
After this battle, we meet Cyborg’s father, Silas Stone. Now what’s interesting about this is that new scenes have been added that introduces a new character to the universe. Silas has a lab assistant by the name of Ryan Choi. Yes, the Ryan Choi that becomes Atom. I found this to be refreshing to see an Asian American superhero get introduced into the DC cinematic universe.
Snyder introduces DeSaad, who works for Darkseid too. DeSaad seems to be a loyal soldier to Darkseid that introduces viewers as to why Steppenwolf is doing this for Darkseid. Steppenwolf betrayed Darkseid’s commands, which led to a falling out. Steppenwolf is trying to regain the favor of his Lord. That’s why he’s trying to conquer the earth.
Snyder loves the slow motion sequences. He crafts an amazing one for when the film explores Barry Allen looking for a job in Central City. Allen walks into a doggie day care late for a job interview. He meets a beautiful female, whose name that we don’t get. While Allen talks to the manager, the female leaves and her car starts crashing into a truck driver who runs a red light. Allen runs so fast that time comes to a standstill. He saves the woman and steals a hot dog wiener that’s in the air from the crash. After Allen saves her, they share an awkward, yet romantic look until Barry gets nervous. He runs away–showing the woman his superspeed ability briefly. As the day care owner catches up in time, she sees Barry with the other dogs and feeding one a wiener. Out of all the slow motion scenes, this one is the most beautifully constructed. The others aren’t as creative or they’re for shots that don’t need it.
In the third part of the film, viewers get more insight into the life of Victor Stone/Cyborg. Cyborg didn’t have much character background in the theatrical cut of the film. The Stones are a fragmented family that Snyder does well conveying. Ray Fisher has incredible chemistry with Joe Morton (Silas Stone/Victor’s father) and Karen Bryson (Elinor Stone/Victor’s mother). The movies does a great job of describing Cyborg’s powers to the ones that are new to him. A thorough breakdown of the inner workings of the artificial intelligence system within Victor.
So, for the first two hours of the film, it’s still messy, but better than the theatrical cut. The tone seems to be more cohesive, though there are weird creative choices made by Snyder. Snyder added depth to areas that needed it and others that didn’t. The most impressive details added were for Cyborg. He got the character development that he needed.
Overall rating for part one: 3/5.
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In the town of Lizard Valley, there’s one news station that also doubles as a newspaper publication building. There isn’t much news to discuss these days since everyone’s in a time loop. The station decided to do a featurette where they would interview different citizens of the town with their thoughts about being in a time loop. The station uploads the videos to online platforms, so the world can see the situation that they’re in. The videos have garnered plenty of attention with average views climbing in the millions. Today’s uploaded video features an elderly couple that’s happily married–the Jensens.
The Jensens are the elderly couple that Professor Kearns talked about in his interview with the Culver City newscaster. Kearns despises that the Jensens are so cheery about the time loop. In the video, longtime Lizard Valley newspaperman Joe Schmidt conducts the interview online via his camera and the Jensens join him online. Schmidt has on a white dress shirt with a red tie. He’s in his office with pictures of his degrees on the wooden wall behind him. He has nicely combed gray hair with a black mustache. The Jensens are sitting in their backyard. Mrs. Jensen has on a straw hat with her curly gray hair flowing downwards. She’s wearing a green dress where only her pale arms are revealed. She’s heavy set, while Mr. Jenson is smaller with his frame. He has on sunglasses with slicked back white hair. He has on a green polo with khaki pants. They’re sitting under their sun roof with their pool and water shining in the back.
The camera shot begins with Schmidt in his office.
“Today, we’re talking to the Jensons in an another installment of the “Looping Lives of Lizard Valley.” The Jensons are the elderly couple that Professor Kearns hinted at in his interview with the Culver City news. How do you two feel about the professor’s comment?”
Both of the Jensons shake their heads.
“Awful comments,” said Mrs. Jenson.
Mrs. Jenson looks at Mr. Jenson and back at the camera.
“We are enjoying this loop. We’re immortal practically. I’m sorry that the professor is sick, but he shouldn’t talk about us who enjoy the loop.”
Schmidt nods in agreement.
“How does it feel to be close to immortality?”
The Jensons smile.
“We feel so young and vibrant. We don’t have to worry about our health declining now. How do you feel, Schmidt?”
“I’m okay. Wish this would’ve started when I was younger.”
They all chuckle together. Schmidt asks the couple one more question.
“Any words for the people watching that’s not from Lizard Valley?”
“Yes. Come here if you wanna live forever. I mean, the day starts the same every time, but the rest of it is up to you.”
“Alright. Special thanks to the Jensons for joining us! Please tune in next week for a new web episode. “
We’re just going to end Streamageddon with Spider-Man. I’m pooped. I appreciate all of the support in the past 4 days on the blog and on my Twitch channel. 13 broadcasts in a total of 4 days. I’ve created plenty of content. The ice and snow gave me a couple more days extra to make content. I also kept our blog well updated. Once again, thanks, and I’ll be back with more streams.
The southeast is apparently fixing to get plowed with winter weather. We’re talking ice and snow, dudes. It’s amazing how people hit the panic button at the mention of the word “ice.” The threat of ice around Valentine’s Day sounds like an awful rom-com mixed in with a storm movie waiting to happen. Just imagine a romantic movie where the roads are icy and the dude has to go get condoms. Is sex worth his life? That could be the tagline. Then he crashes his truck into a tree. A new Nicholas Sparks movie. Stay safe out there.
The day always starts the same for every citizen in Lizard Valley. The citizens know this as they’re stuck in a constant time loop. In Lizard Park, Hannah and Clint sit on a bench with donuts in the middle. There are two cups of coffee. One on each side of the donut box. This is the ex-couple’s 25th day consecutively of starting their day on the bench. Citizens’ days always start the same, but they are free to do whatever as the day goes along. It’s still awkward between the two. Clint has on a gray hoodie with gray sweatpants with black tennis shoes. Hannah has on blue jeans with a white jacket and white tennis shoes. Her blonde hair is in a ponytail and her skin is tan. Clint has short blonde hair and pale skin. They’re both in athletic shape.
Hannah grabs her cup of coffee and takes a sip.
“It’s bad that we’re getting used to this,” she says.
“Yeah, it is,” says Clint.
Hannah looks at Clint and smiles.
“We should go to the club tonight and have a good time.”
Clint is hesitant at the thought, but then agrees.
“Yeah. Maybe it wouldn’t be too bad.”
Hannah sees Clint’s reluctance.
“You don’t gotta go.”
“No, no, it would be fun.”
Clint still has feelings for Hannah. Hannah seems to have moved on. Clint’s trying to overcome those feelings. Clint grabs his cup of coffee and holds it with both hands.
“I’ll go. I need to get out.”
They both smile at each other. Hannah relaxes and sits against the bench.
“You know the first few days we kept starting at the same point in time were rough. But, now, we’re used to it and it’s helped us to be close again.”
Clint takes a sip of his coffee.
“Yeah,” Clint replies.
Hannah looks at Clint with a look of concern.
“Do you think this time loop will ever end?”
Clint looks back at her with worry.
“I don’t know.”
They both look ahead to the pond that has a fountain in the middle. There are piers where people can stand closer to the water. The pond is huge and stretches out deep into the park. Hannah grabs a donut and stands up from the bench.
“Well, I’ll see you tonight, right?”
Clint looks at her and nods.
“Yes, I’ll be there.”
“Ok. I’ll see you then!”
Clint is at home going through his closet deciding what to wear for the evening. While he looks, he listens to a podcast from Professor Kearns about the town of Lizard Valley.
“I don’t have a clue what’s going on with this town. It’s its own time anomaly.”
Clint pulls out a white dress shirt and looks over it.
“What caused this? I’m in wonder of how this come to be. How this bubble covers the whole town?”
Clint pulls out a gray tie to match with the white dress shirt.
“It’s like the town has become an alternate version of itself.”
Clint looks at the radio and start to dress up for the club. After dressing up, Clint goes to his car and sits inside. Before sticking the key in the ignition, he ponders whether he should go to the club or not. He shakes his head–thinking he can do this. He drives to the club that has a neon sign of a gigantic lizard. He parks his car in a parking lot filled with vehicles. He looks around for Hannah’s vehicle, but he doesn’t see it. He walks to the entrance where he shows the bodyguard his I.D. in order to get inside. He gets pass the guard, then heads to the dance floor slowly. He stops suddenly before entering the crowd of dancing people. He sees Hannah dancing in the middle of the floor. She has her blonde hair down and it flows with her dance movements. She has on a black dress that swings back and forth. She seems happy. He feels like he’s going to ruin it. He turns around and leaves. He gets in his car and he heads to Lizard Park. He walks towards the pond where he walks out to one of the piers. He stares at the fountain with the feeling that he’s trapped in a scenario that he can’t handle. He doesn’t want to wake up every day next to the person that is his ex. He wishes things were different. All of a sudden, a white portal forms underneath his feet. He starts falling rapidly.
He lands hard onto a smooth, gray floor. Two guys are standing over him. Clint grimaces in pain and looks up.
“Damn, dude. We should’ve put a mattress there.”
Clint looks at them frightened.
Part One – Amazing Spider-Man #139
The Original Clone Saga is a Spider-Man series that started in Amazing Spider-Man #139. The issue that starts the saga is written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Ross Andru. The comic released in December 1974. New villain The Grizzly debuts with surprising villain Jackal appearing at the comic’s end. The comic is a slow start of potential things to come.
The story shows us that Peter Parker’s civilian life has been struggling. He’s looking for a new apartment that’s cheap enough for his income. That’s a hard act to complete in a city such as New York. Conway does a great job of quickly connecting readers to Peter and his plight. It’s sad to see Peter, who has done so much for the city, not even be able to find an affordable home. It’s a reminder of the homeless that are wandering the streets of New York at night.
Grizzly is a formidable opponent in his debut. He will remind readers of the Rhino. However, he will become a forgettable villain as he’s just the muscle for the true villain. Peter Parker in the issue investigates a townhouse in New York. Grizzly and Jackal await inside. They capture Peter Parker, then attach a device to Peter’s wrist. The device is to help Jackal figure out who Spider-Man is. This sets up the next issue where Peter has to figure out how to remove the device.
This is a slow start to the saga without giving much info to lure in readers. The only hint is that Jackal is playing a part. The artwork is superb in the book. Ross Andru is fantastic so far. Conway does great with the several issues that Peter faces. He just doesn’t have readers hooked yet into what’s to come.
Overall rating: 2.5/5.