Zack Snyder's Justice League

Director: Zack Snyder
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 2.0

This is the full four-hour version of Justice League that Snyder envisioned before stepping away from the project (for sad family matters) and Joss Whedon stepped in to finish off the 2017 release.  Fanboys/girls/etc. will no doubt have endless debates over which one is "superior" but since I'm not a fan of comic book movies I'll say while this has its perks - the extended running time allows for more character development, as if it were a mini-series - I prefer Whedon's cut just for the sake of brevity.  Snyder takes a full one hour before getting into what's actually happening - evil creatures Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds in CGI form with some genuinely pretty armor) and Darkseid are trying to assemble three "Mother Boxes" to take over Earth - and even then many sequences just seem to be stuck together with no cohesion or proper reasoning.  I don't think it re-opens any real discussion about whether or not Marvel/DC movies are "genuine cinema," and I agree with Mr. Scorsese that they're still more like theme parks: it's fine to like them, but this is cannot be mentioned in the same breathe as genuine American sagas (which are about real people, not near-immortal entities).