Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Mar 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Following the death of Superman, alien invaders attempt to take over Earth, but Batman and Wonder Woman decide to band together a group of heroes in order to stop this impending invasion.
My Take on it – Such an amazing film that shows that sometimes a director’s vision can only truly be realized when they have fun control over the finished product.
Zack Snyder is known as being a perfectionist and despite needing to step down 4 years ago after the tragedy his family had t deal with, he found a way to get his story told.
The film is able to tell an even more compelling story than the original cut does and they have lots of time to carefully and methodically develop both the characters and the story in such an effective way.
The special effects are also enhanced here and it makes such a difference in the way that things play out.
My biggest complaint about this film is that it wasn’t presented in widescreen like almost every other movie which takes away from things slightly at the start, but it’s easy to get use to as things progress.
As a fan of the DC superheroes, I am so happy that they finally found a way to tell such an epic tale of these characters that in many ways equals the storytelling that has been used in the MCU.
Unfortunately, this is too little, too late since it isn’t the studio who helped bring this forth, but rather a visionary director.
Let’s hope that it will open the door for many other directors to either fight for the right to show their vision or find a way to give us a Director’s Cut somewhere along the line like Snyder, Oliver Stone and Peter Jackson have already done in the past
The way that the story doesn’t quite end after the initial conflict is a bit frustrating especially given the fact that the chances of their being a sequel to this are quite slim.
Thankfully, these additional scenes still give us so much to think about this story line and the future of these characters.
This is so far, my favorite film of 2021 and is even more powerful than anything that I saw in 2020 also.
Can’t wait to get a chance to see this again soon!
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is not the first time Warner Bros. has released a director’s cut under public pressure. In 1980, a similar issue surrounded after the release of Superman II (1980). Critics believed the film was lacking the superior tone of its predecessor. Original director Richard Donner was fired by the producers and was replaced with Richard Lester. Lester altered the film’s pacing heavily and made it lighter in tone compared to the first film. Decades later in 2004, Lois Lane actress Margot Kidder said in an interview that a Richard Donner cut of Superman II exists. Following this, a fan petition started which caught the attention of Michael Thau, a film editor. He contacted Warner Bros. and proved the existence of the Donner cut. After Warner Bros. green-lit the release, Thau teamed up with Stuart Baird to reassemble the footage Donner shot during his involvement. Thau and Baird took some advice from Richard Donner himself. This marked the return of the original Superman (1978) composer John Williams by way of archived recordings. The final cut, which ran for 116 minutes (the theatrical version ran for 127 minutes), was released as Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006) in November 2006, after the summer release of Superman Returns (2006). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)
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