Zack Snyder’s Justice League has been hailed as a ‘masterpiece’ in first reviews, with the four-hour marathon on its way this week.
Following the release of the widely-criticised DC movie in 2017, which saw Joss Whedon brought in for reshoots after Snyder left the production due to personal reasons, fans began the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut campaign.
Four years after the release of Justice League, it seems their determination has paid off, with many blown away by the new cut.
Variety has dubbed it a ‘knockout’ and ‘more than a vindication of Snyder’s original vision,’ while critic Kevin McCarthy has gone a step further, describing it as a ‘masterpiece’.
He added: ‘Snyder brings his brilliant technical & emotional storytelling to an awesome continuation of what he beautifully built in MAN OF STEEL & BvS. Great mix of soundtrack & score. 1.33 aspect ratio is incredibly immersive. Loved R-Rating.’
Critic Scott Menzel added: ‘Snyder’s Justice League is one of the best superhero movies ever made.
‘The long awaited cut lives up to the hype & feels unlike anything we’ve seen in this universe before. Each character is fully realized & gets their moment to shine & kick some ass.’
Meanwhile, ScreenRant writer Andrew Dyce said it’s ‘guaranteed to inspire the future of fantasy blockbusters.’
Collider editor Steven Weintraub added: ‘#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.’
The latest version of Justice League cost an estimated $70 million (£50 million) to rework.
The director previously revealed that he would not be using any of Whedon’s footage in the film.
Meanwhile, his wife Deborah, who is also a producer on the film, advised him not to watch Whedon’s version which was heavily criticised by fans.
She explained: ‘It was just… it’s a weird experience. I don’t know how many people have that experience. You’ve worked on something for a long time, and then you leave, and then you see what happened to it.’