So, it’s been a while since HBO Max made Zack Snyder’s Justice League available and, even though it’s around four hours long, I’m guessing everyone who’s going to watch it had already. Now, I will admit that this is a much tighter film with less loose ends than the first version of Justice League we got way back in 2017 under Joss Whedon. I mean, at four hours, I do expect a much tighter experience all around, right?
But even with the extended runtime and it being the second go-around for the film, is it weird that I still have some questions regarding it? Oddly enough, most of the questions I had from the first Justice League movie, like why is everyone just blurting out everyone’s secret identity within earshot of people, weren’t answered in the Snyder Cut and I find that really weird! Yet, here I am asking a few more questions! Of course, like last time, these questions aren’t all that consequential to the film. But I still have to ask them!
Oh, and since I’ll be talking about specific plot points of the film, I’m putting up the obligatory SPOILER WARNING now. You have been warned!
So, without further ado, here are five rather inconsequential questions from Zack Snyder’s Justice League!
#1 How long has it been since Superman’s death?
There’s a time to mourn, sure. But how long should the world mourn?
It’s plain as day that the events of Justice League takes place after the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. After all, Superman’s death is one of the central cruxes of both Justice League movies. In Zack Snyder’s version, Superman’s death awakens the Amazonian Mother Box, which leads Steppenwolf to Earth in the first place.
After that, we cut to some time later. Batman is attempting to recruit Aquaman. Lois Lane is visiting the Superman Memorial in Metropolis and she’s even become really chummy with the cops guarding the area. Wonder Woman stops a doomsday cult from destroying Paris. And much more. After this, we cut back to Themyscira where Queen Hippolyta witnesses Steppenwolf attempting to take the Mother Box. Okay, that’s fine and all… but how long was this exactly?
I’m asking this because, well, the length of time just feels weird! Bruce Wayne managed to locate Aquaman because, historically, the latter has been helping the village during that time frame. Okay, maybe a few days have passed and “the King’s Tide” just so happened to be right after Superman’s death. It should have taken that amount of time to actually erect the Superman Memorial, right? But that would mean the Amazons have been standing in that ready position, aiming at the Mother Box, for that long as well? I know they’re battle hardened warriors but that just doesn’t seem feasible, even for them!
Also, it should have been much longer than than because it’s hinted by the Martian Manhunter that Lois Lane has been mourning the loss of Clark Kent since he, disguised as Martha (Clark’s mother, not Bruce’s mother, by the way), had to coax her out of her apartment. So, how long was it really?
Oh, and speaking of the Martian Manhunter…
#2 What was Martian Manhunter doing all this time?
Some hero J’onn J’onzz is! Hiding while the other heroes risk their lives to save the planet!
Before anything else, I would like to say I found the addition of the Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League rather pointless. He’s just there to hint at what’s to come and wink and not at all the DC Comic fans so we can point at the screen and exclaim “I know that guy! He’s from the comics!” He might play a more prominent role if Warner Bros does plan to use him in future films within the DC Extended Universe, if the DC Extended Universe is still a thing. Besides talking to Lois Lane, he also visits Batman at the very end to congratulate him before flying off.
So, if you knew all about Darkseid and the battle with Steppenwolf, why didn’t you offer to help, Martian Manhunter? Heck, he even says he was surprised to see all of the world’s heroes team up so doesn’t that mean he’s been watching all this time? Now that the fight’s over, you fly all the way to Batman’s swanky lake house to talk to him then? What was he going to do if Steppenwolf succeeded in destroying the world? Heck, if you really think about it, Steppenwold did succeed and it was only because The Flash went a few seconds into the past that the heroes won! So, the Martian Manhunter just stood by and watched the world get destroyed? What kind of hero are you, Martian Manhunter?
Speaking of not helping out…
#3 Why didn’t the Amazons and/or the Atlanteans come out of hiding after their Mother Boxes were taken?
The Snyder Cut definitely made Steppenwolf’s attack on the Amazons and Atlanteans more visceral and brutal. I really appreciated this because it really looked like both of them tried to go all out against the Apokolips warrior and still failed, leading to dozens of casualties on their side. He took a licking and he still kept on ticking!
But why didn’t they not go after Steppenwolf?
Both the Amazons and the Atlanteans know all too well about the Mother Boxes and the destruction they can cause. After all, they were guarding them with very tight security! Yet, once the boxes were taken, they hardly lifted a finger to help out even if they know full well it might mean the death of their world! Oh, and don’t say the Amazons helped out by sending the flaming arrow to warn Wonder Woman! They could’ve sailed out of Themyscira in full force to tell Diana directly and, oh, I don’t know, help out in the final battle? At least they were better than the Atlanteans because they didn’t bother to lift a flipper to help! Even Mera, with all her magic abilities didn’t do a damn thing to help out afterwards! What? Her magic couldn’t have been helpful against Steppenwolf even though she was the one who did the most damage against him?
Speaking of magic… kinda…
#4 Why can Batman see the future?
Who said Batman doesn’t have any superpowers?
One of the things The Snyder Cut kind of fixes from the Joss Whedon version of Justice League is the time travelling Flash from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. You know the scene. It’s after Batman has a dream of a world wherein Darkseid has taken over Earth and Superman has become a villain. Then, he wakes up to see The Flash warning Batman that “Lois is the key” or something to that extent.
The 2017 film doesn’t address this at all so it seems really dumb. The Snyder Cut actually doubles down on this as we do get another “vision” of the Knightmare timeline. We get additional information, like Aquaman is now dead and The Joker has teamed up with Batman. We even see Barry Allen dressed up in the same armored costume from that time travel jump in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice!
But… why can Batman even see the Knightmare timeline?
Now, of course, it could be explained that this isn’t the future and it’s just an hallucination. But that would be incredibly stupid because why put them in the movies if the Knightmare is just some weird macguffin. So, I have to assume Bruce is actually looking at future events. But why can Batman even see the future? I know for a fact he doesn’t have that kind of ability… unless it’s something super obscure? I doubt that, though.
Also, why is he even wearing the Batman costume in the Knightmare timeline? Why can’t he just look like Bruce Wayne? I mean, it’s not like he has to protect his secret identity when your main priority is stopping a despotic alien from ruling the planet, right?
Speaking of weird costumes…
#5 Why did Superman pick the black costume?
I didn’t even know he had that in his closet!
After Superman is brought back to life in the comics, he’s wearing a skintight black costume and a rather sweet mullet. There was a reason for the outfit, though, as it was designed to help the Last Son of Krypton to absorb more solar energy as he was still weak from, you know, being “dead” for a long period of time. Basically, he didn’t have a choice because he needed the black suit to stay somewhat super.
That’s not the case in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. What happened here is, after he was resurrected, he went to the Superman Ship (that’s how they called it in the movie), looked at what was available and picked the black costume.
But why this costume? What compelled Kal-El to select this black outfit instead of his old red and blue suit? It’s clearly available as you can see it while he was walking through the ship. Did he decide to go all goth because, well, he’s dead? Did he look at Batman’s costume and thought he could pull the color scheme better?
Look, I get it. It’s a nod to the comics and all that. But there isn’t really a logical reason for him to not go back to his traditional colorful outfit and pick the ultra monochrome outfit he did choose.
BONUS: Shouldn’t felony charges be placed on Cyborg for changing his classmate’s grades?
So, he was good at hacking before he became part computer, huh?
I do like that the Snyder Cut fleshes out Cyborg more than the original version. Okay, “fleshes out” might seem like the wrong choice of words seeing he’s mostly metal but you get the idea. They even gave him a kind of “training montage” to show him trying out his new Cyborg abilities, which was a neat touch.
The film also let us get to know the human side rather than just totally focus on his machine side. They show that, not only was he a star athlete, he wasn’t just some meathead as he hacked into his school’s records to change the grades of a friend who was having trouble because of a family tragedy. His mother defends his son because he seemed to be doing the right thing.
But… isn’t changing grades a crime? In fact, isn’t it a felony?
Now, I’m no lawyer but that’s all sort of illegal as far as I know. Sure, he was supposed to be doing a “good thing” but just because his heart’s in the right place, that doesn’t make it legal. In fact, Cyborg’s mother even admits her son did it! That’s a confession right there, ladies and gentlemen of the jury!
What other inconsequential questions from Zack Snyder’s Justice League can you think of? Let me know in the comments section below!