Joss Whedon’s reshoots of Justice League had their problems (particularly the removal of Cyborg’s entire storyline and a dull-ass villain), but thanks to HBO Max, we can now spend four hours being shown why Zack Snyder’s original cut needed reshoots in the first place. Ugh. The great superhero movie rewatch slogs through Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Okay, having spent eleven paragraphs trashing this bloated mess of a movie, let me at least say what I unreservedly loved about it, and it was a major cause of why Whedon has (justifiably) been vilified: Victor Stone is the absolute heart and soul of this movie. We actually see his mother, and she’s a person (a damn cool one, in fact), not just an unseen figure who was fridged. And Stone’s journey through the film, and his relationship with his father, is much stronger and more powerful here than it was in the theatrical release, in which Cyborg was barely a character. Whedon’s history with characters of color is not great, and we have it writ large here, as he completely trashed the Black guy’s story arc for no compellingly good reason. (Leaving it in would have made the theatrical version so much better…)