Zack Snyder's Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League ★★★★★

Zack Snyder’s Justice League
E pluribus unum - From The Many, One

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Mark 3:24

For anyone fascinated by Hollywood or how filmmaking works, ZSJL is a must-see case study. For anyone into activism, accountability and pioneering a new streaming frontier during a global pandemic - how could someone not be curious? It’s the perfect mix of intellectual property and blockbuster budget, but freed from the constraints of focus groups, run time restrictions, studio mandates and even industry standard aspect ratios.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League gives a deep dive into the league. When would there ever this much big budget attention to all these characters together? In almost any other setting, their appearances would have been relegated to practically cameos. This is an epic, mythological saga, and it is so gratifying to see these characters heroes journey that the run time allows. The R Rating allows Snyder to use the violence for genuine catharsis.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the very best the genre has to offer and becomes the first film to truly prove the notion of superheroes as modern myths. The film blends Arthurian lore, Greek mythology, action spectacle and intimate, introspective character drama to tell the epic story that is part 3 of his part 5 story arc.
ZSJL continues to build on the themes explored in MoS and BvS. Snyder has had a strong emphasis and exploration on the role of parents and parental figures across his DC films. MoS was about fathers, BvS was about mothers and ZSJL is about family. Everyone in the film is struggling with how they honor their father and mother. The 5th Commandment is often framed as obeying our parents as children, but each of these characters are adults are asking how they can honor their parents in adulthood.
The film is about coming together and being united, despite the different issues that everyone faces, helping one another to reach their potential.
MoS, BvS and ZSJL are each a different genre, tone and style.
MoS is superheroes taken seriously as real.
BvS is superheroes taken seriously as literature.
ZSJL is superheroes taken seriously as epic mythology.

The film begins with a divided world. Atlantis, underwater, hates mankind world above. Mankind has forgotten Atlantis. Themyscira, hidden away on an invisible island, rejects any interaction with the outside world. The world has been split over their beliefs on Superman.

BRUCE
In BvS, Bruce was struggling with the loss of his parents, the loss of Robin and now the loss of Superman. And he holds himself partly to blame for Superman’s death. He is now dealing with loss in a healthier way and he is taking care of himself.
Batman is now more optimistic and his faith in humanity has been restored. He has realigned with his morals again. In BvS, Bruce put up barriers between himself and others, but now he’s actively recruiting others to form alliances. He says he “spent a lot of time trying to divide”, causing division, but Bruce now believes that he is better united with others than he is in isolation. He tells Arthur that Superman thought we were “stronger together.” This follows directly from the end of BvS and the promise that Bruce made to Superman. He has a new drive, to fulfill his “promise to [Superman] on his grave”. Bruce is trying to honor Superman by uniting the best of mankind to fight an outside threat. Bruce is still striving to honor his mother and father’s memory and make the world a better place, this time by gathering a team of heroes rather than just hunting criminals.
Alfred is happy about Bruce forming the league but comments that someone who has been isolated and alone in a cave “might not be the best recruiter”, but this just highlights Bruce’s bravery to take on this recruitment effort, opening himself up to others, sharing his secret and trying to build something bigger than himself. Bruce now has the humility to know that he needs help from the other Leaguers, but he also places himself below Alfred, saying “I work for him.”

Bruce has always been motivated by guilt and he was propelled on his new path because of Superman’s death. But when given the solution to bring Superman back to life, he doesn’t consider the consequences of this choice. Just as he was able to alleviate his guilt over his mother’s death, he now has the option to alleviate his guilt over Superman’s death, this time in a quicker fashion. While he is “righting a wrong”, sometimes the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Bruce says that there is “no us without him [...] there are 6, not 5”. Alfred is worried that Bruce’s “guilt has clouded [his] reason”, he tells Bruce that “you’ve done it. You’ve fulfilled your promise. But your guilt’s overcome your reason.” Though Bruce has shifted from where he was before, now saying, “for once, I’m operating strictly on faith, not on reason.” Bruce spent most of BvS relying on reason, but now he has taken the leap of faith, that recruiting the league will be worth it and that resurrecting Superman will work out. Like Father Leone said, “the trust part comes later”, such as the trust among the league.

The film began with Bruce alone on the mountaintop and ends with Batman standing with his team on the tower. He went from hunting the alien Superman to now accepting the help of the alien Martian Manhunter, who is a telepath and points to Bruce’s parents, saying that they “would be proud of him”. Even in the Knightmare timeline, when the world has been destroyed and there is little hope, he will again gather warriors together even in the worst possible circumstances, to try to right another wrong that he apparently is partially responsible for. His change is further exemplified as he unites with his former enemies, Deathstroke and Joker.

Snyder said, “I like seeing Bruce starting to turn toward a less dark, calculated character, one that’s inspired by faith that the world will turn correctly as opposed to a character who believes the world will always turn toward the dark. That’s a big move for Bruce.”
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DIANA
Diana lost her home, she is separated from her family and she lost Steve Trevor. She dealt with this by isolating herself and withdrawing from the public. But she was drawn back by the threat of Doomsday, and even after Superman’s death she still was hesitant to unite with other heroes, but after the warning from Themyscira and learning about this new threat, she is willing to help Bruce to bring the other warriors together. Diana is the first one to join Bruce’s cause. Like Bruce, she is re-emerging from isolation. A hundred years ago she walked from mankind and she has been trying to work her way back. She’s still doing things alone when she learns about the threat of Darkseid, but she then brings that information to Bruce and helps to recruit others.

Diana still carries her love for and grief over Steve but it doesn’t prevent her from moving forward. Diana is also dealing with guilt for having left Themyscira. Steppenwolf tries to use that guilt by taunting her with the death of the Amazons and their failure to guard the mother box.
She tells Victor that she is still working on building relationships again. Her years in isolation give her a connection to Victor and she opens up about her own struggles to him, which is enough of a human connection to motivate him to join the team. She tells him that she needs his help, showing that their unity will be about mutual support. This showed a keen insight and emotional awareness on Diana’s part, highlighting her strengths as a recruiter with a different style than Bruce.

Diana has had previous experience as part of a team that faced a world-level threat, with the Oddfellows against Ares. Diana is the glue of the team. She loves and accepts everyone for who they are, offering encouragement so they can reach their full potential. She shows her compassion and encouragement with the girl in London -- it’s a consistent part of her character.

Diana’s knowledge of love is how she can recognize that Clark is not all bad when he resurrects. She understands that his love for Lois Lane was the key to his memory returning, “every heart has one”. Diana knows about the depth of their love because she was there when Superman died and saw Lois grieving over his body. She was also at Clark’s funeral and saw Lois alone at Clark's grave.

Diana affirms to Arthur that “hate is useless” (which ties to Batman’s fall in BvS when he became the very thing he fought against, the criminal that murdered his parents). This allows her to move past the Amazons’ animosity toward Atlanteans, and so it’s through her commitment to love and understanding that she is able to see past any cultural prejudice of Arthur and make connections with him.

ARTHUR
Arthur Curry is isolated and lives as a nomad. Arthur (like Clark and Diana) is situated between two worlds, with the potential to be a bridge. Like Victor, Arthur struggles with the bitterness of not wanting to embrace a part of himself. Arthur lost his mother when he was a child and harbors resentment against her. He refuses to join with her people, the Atlanteans. However, Arthur is still drawn toward monuments from his culture’s history, particularly the memorial to King Atlan. Arthur fights against his calling as King, but he still chooses to help others when they are in need. In Arthur’s loner phase, he is doing good deeds (like Clark in MoS). He makes it clear to Bruce that he wants to be left alone. Bruce, however, knows about Arthur’s good deeds that Arthur tries to hide. Trying to break through to Arthur, Bruce points to Superman, saying that “he thought we were stronger together”. Arthur affirms his isolation by saying that “the strong man is strongest alone.” Like Diana and Victor, Arthur initially believes that he doesn’t need anyone. Arthur doesn’t think that the surface world expects him to be king, but he doesn’t see the reverence, even worship, for him that the villagers display when he swims away.

Arthur doesn’t recognize the value of working with others until Atlantis is attacked, a situation requiring teamwork with Mera in order to survive.
Mera tells Arthur that his mother left to keep him alive. Mera also appeals to Arthur’s mother when she tells him that it is his “responsibility” to follow Steppenwolf, an indirect way in which Arthur may also be trying to live up to the expectations of his parents.
While he said that he was “strongest alone”, Arthur is unable to stop Steppenwolf by himself, failing just as the Amazons failed. While he was reluctant at first, he does “need friends”.

Arthur chooses to step forward and join the others, helping save both the surface world and the Atlanteans against Steppenwolf. After rescuing a sailor from an ocean storm, Arthur tells him to “respect the storm.” This respect for stakes and consequences is why he questions Victor about his history with the Mother Boxes, would be concerned about fighting “the Devil and his army in Hell”, and how this future King of Atlantis would be prepared for menacing threats like an Evil Superman and Darkseid (who, in the Knightmare, will end his life).

BARRY
Barry is isolated and knows right away that he “need[s] friends.” In childhood, Barry’s mother was murdered, and then he lost his father, Henry, to prison when he was falsely convicted for the crime. Barry is trying to find a way to get his father exonerated by studying criminal justice. Henry fears that it’s a fruitless endeavor and that Barry is “running in place” by living in the past. Henry Allen wants his son to reach his full potential.
Barry takes his father’s advice, as he steps out of his comfort zone to join Bruce and the others.
The League members accept him into the group, quirks and all, and he is able to make unique contributions that no one else can. And he not only gains some colleagues, but also some friends, especially Victor.

Barry wants to honor his father, and this is especially evident when he has to break his rule and travel at the speed of light. He says “Dad, I want you to know that I was one of them, the best of the best.” He is traveling into the unknown and he just wants his father to know that he became what he thought that he could be. He is accomplishing something important, that he is making a meaningful contribution and his role is valuable.

Barry’s journey is reminiscent of Clark’s journey in Man of Steel, thus it is fitting that he considers Superman his hero. They both started off in isolation and took on odd jobs while trying to find their place in the world. They both saved the world from alien destruction and fulfilled their fathers’ dreams for them. While he can’t quite tell his father about how he saved the world, he can share the victory of getting a real job and starting to find his direction as Barry Allen.

Also both Barry and Victor share similarities with Clark, but Barry and Victor also have their own uniquely-shared backgrounds. Both are struggling with their relationships with their fathers while they are also dealing with the loss of their mothers.

VICTOR
Victor had a close connection with his mother. Throughout his life, Victor’s father, Silas, has always been absent, too occupied with work. There is a great rift between Victor and Silas. Silas never came to his son’s football games, he is always working.
Victor was in a car accident which killed his mother and which left him badly injured. Silas used alien technology called Mother Box to repair Victor. While Silas saved Victor’s life and he is still alive, he has now has been turned into something more than human and he is grappling to understand this new reality for him. Victor feels isolated from the rest of humanity, and furthermore isolated from his own humanity. Victor does not give his father a chance to try to repair their relationship. Victor views his father as a monster, directly telling him “you know a lot about monsters, especially how to make them”, inferring that Silas made himself into a monster with his choices. Silas has always made his work his first priority, even over his family. Silas repairing Victor with the alien technology that received his love and care instead of Victor is another aspect of what makes the new identity difficult for Victor.

Like Diana, Victor is closed off and is working on opening up to others. Victor says to Diana, “I don’t need anyone.” He is torn between two worlds -- who he was before and who he is now, which was not something that he chose for himself. The flashback to Victor in school shows Victor’s good heart, as he uses his knowledge of computers to help another student in need. He now uses his new digital abilities to help a single mother through a gift of money in her account. There are ethical questions about both of Victor’s good deeds, though he is still a high school student growing in wisdom.

Because Victor won’t speak to him, Silas left a recorded message for Victor. The first half of the recording is Silas speaking as a scientist to Victor, explaining what he has studied about the motherbox and thus what Victor can be capable of, especially in a digital world. This scene is reminiscent of when Jor-El spoke to Kal-El about his powers, his purpose and his call to “be a bridge between two worlds”. When Victor hears his father transition to speak from the role of father, he crushes the tape player, representing his rejection of their relationship.

Victor starts to show signs of reconciliation as he is genuinely concerned when Silas is taken, showing love for his father underneath the anger. And this concern is shown even more clearly when Victor saves him from Steppenwolf. Silas says he wasn’t sure Victor would come, but Victor shows that he clearly still cares for Silas and now says to him “you’re my father”. For Silas to say that he “wasn’t sure [Victor would] come”, recalls a younger Victor who was not sure that his father would show up. Victor affirming to Silas “you’re my father” could be a subtle jab saying that, since Silas is Victor’s father, he should’ve also been there for him. This uncertainty toward relying on others is a contrast to Bruce who is now trying to put faith in other people.
Later, Silas is proud and relieved when Victor comes to STAR labs because it shows that Victor is emerging from his isolation and they are starting to reconnect, even if communicated just through a nod.
The film gives a visual motif for Victor with the focus on either side of his face. When the film begins, Silas enters the apartment, and Victor is shown from the right side, his human side, but then when he accuses Silas of creating a monster, he is shown from his left side, the mechanical side. When he enters STAR labs, he looks and nods to his father with the camera emphasizing his human side.
Victor and Silas’s relationship has gotten to a bit of a better place by this point, but they never get to fully heal their relationship because Silas sacrifices himself when he marks the mother box. Silas not only saved Victor’s life, but he also saved the world because his sacrifice helps the Justice League find the Mother Box and Steppenwolf.
Reflecting on his character’s sacrifice, Joe Morton said that “I think that his self-sacrifice was the ultimate human gesture, if you will. The same thing was true in Terminator 2. When the Terminator actually sacrifices himself at the end of the film, it’s because he understands the fullness of humanity and what that means in terms of making it better for other people. And I think that’s certainly what Silas is going through in that moment.” www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/why-justice-league-star-joe-morton-thinks-fans-should-have-more-of-a-say

Victor is navigating change, learning to be a part of a new world. Victor becomes all that his father saw in him. He is the embodiment of unity, between the technological and human world, and to a large extent to the digital and alien worlds.

Victor repairs the tape recorder to hear the rest of his father’s message, which is Silas now speaking “as a father” to Victor. That recording represents Silas’s attempt to open up some sort of channel of communication with his son, and Silas offering guidance and encouragement to Victor. At the end, the recording and the relationship are symbolically restored, when Victor is finally willing to listen to Silas as a father.

Victor says in realization “I’m not broken, and I’m not alone.” Having lost his family, Victor has formed connections with a new sort of family. He has gone from feeling isolated to working proactively with others and valuing his own life again. Victor uses his second chance to do great things, to save the planet and embrace his place in it. What didn’t kill him made him stronger. Victor acquired a whole array of powers and abilities.

CLARK
Clark is given a second chance when the league resurrects him. He also begins in an isolated place -- he was isolated in death, and when resurrected, he is still isolated/alone because he doesn’t remember who he is. It is through Lois, Martha and being home that he regains his sense of self.
Superman’s resurrection is a parallel to Doomsday’s birth, who was created from a re-animated Zod in the genesis chamber. Before both of them are brought to life, the Scout Ship warns of the action. To Lex the ship said the action is “forbidden” citing the Kryptonian counsel’s decree. To Victor it advises that the action will be “irreversible”. Both actions lead to death and destruction, relating to the proverb from Atlantians and Amazons: “none are taken back from the darkness, not without giving one up in return.” When Zod was taken back from the darkness, Superman was sacrificed in return. As Victor’s vision reveals, when Superman is taken back from the darkness, Lois will be sacrificed in return. The ship affirms that “the future has taken root in the present,” a line borrowed from Merlin in Excalibur (1981).
Superman emerges from the ship, like Doomsday, and lands at Heroes Park. When Doomsday arrived, the Superman statue was still intact and Doomsday threw Superman through it, foreshadowing his death. When Superman arrives, the statue is in pieces, like his mind. And the phrase written on the ground “If you seek his monument, look around you,” reflects both the crumbled statue and the need for Superman to remember his value and place in the world. Both Doomsday and Superman are confused with vague memories of their previous lives, indicated by their subtle recognition of faces. During that brief time that Clark’s thoughts are clouded and he becomes the very thing he fought against in MoS and the thing that Bruce was afraid of in BvS: a heartless and violent Kryptonian threat to humanity. To emphasize this, a variation of Zod’s theme plays when Clark sees Batman for the first time. But as Barry said, the “power of love” is what returns Clark to his right mind, compared to the heartless, objective-driven Zod.

Clark continues his established characterization of being introverted and soft-spoken. He doesn’t talk at all when he’s first resurrected, which is understandable given he is confused. But once he reconnects with Lois and returns to his old self, each word with Lois and Martha are articulate and meaningful. Snyder’s Superman personifies the character’s historical catchphrase of fighting for the American way, evoking leaders such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln by being soft-spoken and accomplishing more with his actions.
Once Clark’s clarity has returned, he reunites with the women in his life. This is especially meaningful as Clark hadn’t seen Martha since before she was kidnapped in BvS. And he talks about being home, and both Lois and Martha represent home in different ways. Martha was the mother who gave him that loving home after his world was destroyed. Clark could connect with Lois and be both Clark and Superman, and they established their new home in Metropolis, which was on track to an engagement and now a child. The clothing enhances this feeling of home, as Lois specifically chooses the Clark-Kent style flannel shirt. This familiar clothing and setting help bring back Clark’s memories. He remembers that his mother loves the farm (adding to the sadness that it was foreclosed), but he also remembers the love and joy that he experienced there. There is a shot of the swingset recalling Clark’s childhood. The butterfly is another visual connection to Man of Steel, and Clark’s gentleness with the butterfly shows that he has fully recovered. The butterfly can also be symbolic of flight and the fact that Clark is as gentle as a butterfly in spirit, but that he also has this great power to fly.
Clark continues in a revitalized pursuit to find his reason for being on Earth, as Jonathan Kent told him he needed to do. He explicitly tells Martha, echoing what Jonathan told him in childhood, that he was brought back “for a reason” and he needed to “find out what that reason is”. He returns to his world: both to Lois and Earth.

On the scout ship, Superman passes by several suits, including his recognizable blue and red one, and chooses the black and silver Kryptonian suit. This suit as being helpful to Clark in re-energizing himself as the color black absorbs more light and releases the energy around it, thus naturally allowing him to absorb sunlight and regenerate more quickly.
The black suit already appeared in Man of Steel as a staple of Kryptonian culture. Snyder said that “on Krypton, everyone was mostly wearing black suits. So it is linked to his old world. It has a more direct relationship to his family. In a lot of ways, the blue suit to me represents his place on Earth. The blue suit is his suit of a hero and of his destiny. Whereas the black suit is more personal and about his family. One is outward and one is inward. It was always my intention with the larger arc of the movies to realize that more completely.” Thus Clark wearing the black suit, his family’s clothing, he is returning to his roots.
He hears both of his fathers voices encouraging his next step, he hears them both say “we love you. Now love the world as we have loved you.” Jor-El says “your heart has been tested, and you have given them hope.”
He hears the voices of Jonathan and Jor-El speaking to Clark telling him that they “love [him]” and are “proud of [him]”, and to “fly, it’s time”. This affirms that it wasn’t time before (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), suggesting the world wasn’t ready, as evidenced in BvS. Whereas the women in his life helped him to reconnect with Clark, the men in his life help him reconnect with Superman.
After his rebirth, Clark is continuing to find his reason and purpose, sustained by the words of his father. Contrary to critics claim that Jonathan was a “cynical pessimist”, the lines that Clark recalls emphasize Jonathan’s deeply held hope and faith.
What hope is to the mind is a matter of motivation, the selection of something important during an uncertain time, it is costlier than optimism which just assumes the desired outcome. Hope is not knowing if it will be achieved, but highlighting the importance of moving towards it. It is not a virtue without risk. Whenever one hopes for something, they have made something important while noting that it is something they lack. That’s why when hope is unfulfilled, people are devastated and frustrated and find it harder to hope again. And that’s why no one says that hope is easy. Faith is the trust that one’s hope will be achieved despite the unknowns and uncertainties. Jonathan passed on to Clark this incredible hope, that he will find his “reason” and purpose. Jonathan emphasized its importance by saying that Clark “owes it to [himself]” and is worth a lifetime of searching. He believed that Clark was capable. He had faith in Clark. He believed that he could and would find his purpose, find the reason he was send to Earth. Clark carries Jonathan with him in his heart, his words still move him in adulthood.
The Knights of the Roundtable were a brotherhood, knights committed to the highest values and to each other as family. The Justice League share that same table of equals, commitment to the common good and a sense of family chosen. The League is the natural destination for the fulfillment of Superman’s reason. Consider on a practical level how much Superman will grow as a person once he has friends who not only can know his secret, but who can protect themselves and know and share the same burden of power. From a psychological perspective, that’s when he can have a sincere optimism based on having community and support in a way Clark never had before. Any kind of relationship before was between reluctant god and man, though now he’s an enthusiastic superhero relating to the people: that’s when he can celebrated sincerely.

Although Superman has less screentime, he progressed on his original character arc which began in MoS and has become (closer to) the paragon that audiences unfairly expected him to be right from the beginning. Clark uses his second chance to again save the planet and embrace his place in it. What killed him made him stronger. Clark has gained new appreciation and perspective for his world. He also possesses new strength and abilities, specifically a super breath. The Motherbox may have resurrected him with improvements. It’s common for a resurrection to be accompanied by a power-up as one is being reborn into something better, now ascended and enlightened.

He’s been through great trials and has a new perspective with his new lease on life. He is now widely accepted and has friendships with commonalities. In that respect he too is no longer alone, something that resonates with the rest of the Justice League and connects back to MoS, affirming that Clark is “not alone”. Superman now has friends who not only can know his secret, but who can protect themselves and know and share the same burden of power. From a psychological perspective, this is when he can have a sincere optimism based on having community and support in a way Clark never had before. Any kind of relationship before was between reluctant god and man, though now he’s an enthusiastic superhero relating to the people: that’s when he can celebrated sincerely.

Superman is able to fulfill his role as protector of Earth by defeating Steppenwolf. In his rebirth, Clark has to rediscover himself all over again after being brought back to life. He returns as an alien among humans, again he finds love from Lois, as he did when he was an infant with Jonathan and Martha. He then needs to find his humanity as he did as a child, only to then embrace his Kryptonian origin to protect the people of Earth, remembering who he is.

STEPPENWOLF AND DARKSEID
Steppenwolf is also isolated and dealing with loss. He wants to return to his home, reunite with his family and be valued again by his family.
Steppenwolf is forced to earn his place back alongside Darkseid and he desperately wants Darkseid to see his worth again. Steppenwolf has been exiled by his nephew Darkseid because of a betrayal, and Steppenwolf desperately wants to return home and rejoin with his family.
Steppenwolf finds an environment on Earth that is “toxic” which he can cultivate and grow. He tells Dasaad that “this world is divided. Unevolved and at war with one another. Too seperate to be one. Their free will must be ripped from them, like the other worlds. Given absolution in one glorious belief.”

While Darkseid actually provides a kind of unity for the Apokoliptians, it’s an oppressive fascism where they are all united underneath him. Nevertheless, there is some strength that comes from that absolute adherence to Darkseid. In contrast, Steppenwolf describes Earth as divided, at war with one another, and too separate to be one.
Steppenwolf and Darkseid explicitly say that they want to eliminate free will. They want to subjugate the world in blind devotion to a single lord and master. Even Steppenwolf himself is sort of trapped in that absence of free will. He kneels before Darkseid and is consumed by a desire to please him and win back his respect. Steppenwolf doesn’t have that freedom like the heroes because he chose to commit himself to Darkseid.

Sometimes it’s only unity on the surface, but people could be looking for opportunities to backstab. At the end of the film, Desaad says to Darkseid, “I told you he would fail”, showing that they did not have unity and collaboration. They were undermining one another or trying to compete with one another for Darkseid’s good graces.
While the heroes find support from each other, Steppenwolf does not get support from Darkseid or Desaad. Desaad holds Steppenwolf’s past failures over him and undermines his efforts to prove himself again. Darkseid does not offer grace either, telling Steppenwolf he has to produce his great prize in order to lift the punishment of isolation. And when he fails, Darkseid literally crushes him under his foot.
In contrast to how the league is stronger together and support one another through their second chances. Desaad seems to be undermining Steppenwolf and basically rooting against him as Steppenwolf seeks his second chance; his redemption in the eyes of Darkseid. If there were to be a sequel to this film, it would explore Darkseid’s second chance at an invasion of Earth.
Darkseid has a clear motivation of glory and wanting to redeem his loss from the first age.

Steppenwolf sees family as a weakness, and he tries to use family connections as a way to drive division. He tries to exploit Wonder Woman’s sisters and mother as a point of leverage over her. “Why did you abandon your sisters?” He tries to use the love that she has for her family to distract and divide her from the team, trying to make her feel guilty for siding with her new family over her original Amazonian family.
Contrasted to the league members who gradually move forward in healthy ways, Steppenwolf isn’t self-reflective at all and doesn’t find a healthy way to deal with his loss. Thus he suffers another loss as he fails to conquer Earth.

Like Batman, Steppenwolf is seeking redemption from his failures, though instead of bringing a team of heroes together to fend off an evil conquest, he is trying to bring together the Motherboxes to fulfill one.
If Superman is the Christ figure, Darkseid is the Anti-Christ figure. Darkseid, like Superman, has a second chance following his previous fall when he was defeated by Earth’s defenders. Like Superman, Darkseid doesn’t want to waste his second chance, saying he will “stop at nothing”.

The film ends with heroes from different worlds having overcome their differences, united they acknowledged and defeated universal threat of anti-life.
Martian Manhunter says that he and Bruce both have to recognize that they have a stake in this world, and so they should unite to fight for it, which can apply to all of us because we all have a stake in this world.

At the virtual premiere, Zack Snyder spoke about how he thinks about heroes, saying that “these heroes are misfits. They [are] incredibly relatable to just people. The best myth speaks to us in an archetypal way to the struggles we all face in our lives. These heroes are us. ...If you look at Cyborg's journey, he's the linchpin. ... In the end, there's a line, ‘I'm not broken. And I'm not alone.’ In a lot of ways that has a beautiful meshing of our message of mental health... We all are heroes to ourselves. We can all stand up. We can all be strong. We can support each other.”

If WB (Executives Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Toby Emmerich and Kevin Tsujihara) had not interfered with BvS, SS and JL and everything went according to the original slate, Zack Snyder's Justice League 2 and (probably) Justice League 3 would have been released by now. In addition to Ben Affleck's Batman film, the Cyborg film, the Green Lantern film, the original Flash film. Wonder Woman 3 and Aquaman 2 would have been done by now. Zack Snyder's Justice League was the key to the rest of the DC universe that they had established. I wrote in detail about the behind the scenes here.

I didn’t expect ZSJL to be as popular as has become, everyone is loving it, even the critics. Most of them are already showing interest in seeing more of this story. WM has no reason not to greenlight the SnyderVerse now. Everyone wants it. WB announced a sequel to WW84 even though it was a huge disappointment all over. It's astonishing they haven't made an announcement for Zack Snyder yet.
When it was first released, ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE was the highest rated comic-book film since Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT on both IMDb and Letterboxd, with scores of 8.9/10 and 3.9/5. At the time, the film was the 8th highest rated film of ALL-TIME on IMDb. As the film has gained wider reception the film now is at 8.1 on IMDB and 3.5 on letterboxd.
Regarding HBOMAX, Bloomberg reports that the "streaming platform recorded a 8.9% jump in users launching it's mobile app". (1)

"Zack Snyder’s Justice League has made a huge splash in the world of streaming platforms. The film has made a huge impact ever since it released on HBO Max and other streaming platforms. The fans are going crazy over it, and critics are absolutely loving it.

Zack Snyder Movie is creating a New Milestone every day. Here’s how many records Zack Snyder Justice League film created and broke Worldwide.

CANADA
Crave streaming platform revealed exclusive premiere of Zack Snyder’s Justice League is the most-streamed title in the platform’s history ever, beating out the previous Crave record holder, set by the final season of GAME OF THRONES in 2019. The HBO Max original Zack Snyder’s Justice League also had more than 1.1 million viewers tune-in on Crave’s linear channels, including Super Écran.

Previously, the record for the most-viewed show was set by Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3, until Zack Snyder Justice League arrived on Crave platform.

INDIA
In Asian Countries, India was the most prominent country to show the huge craze and love for Zack Snyder Justice League movie. As per the BookMyShow ticketing site, it had sold over 70,000 streams for the film on its opening day, and it took only three days to Reach 1,00,000 record streams.

The Number is phenomenal just knowing that India doesn’t get either of HBO Max and HBO Go streaming services.

The BookMyShow stream has also registered over 31,000 Pre-booking, before the movie release.

As of now, the Zack Snyder Justice League movie has been watched over 1,25,000 times in India alone in BookMyShow. However, BookMyShow is not the only platform in India that showcased Justice League Snyder Cut. Apple TV, Tata Sky and Google Play are the other streaming platform that does the same.

HBO Go saw a massive demand for Justice League Snyder Cut in Asian countries like – Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, etc which eventually leads to crash HBO Go streaming platform several times.

USA
Samba TV gathers viewership data via its proprietary Automatic Content Recognition technology on opted-in smart TVs. They analyze the proprietary dataset to project household-level TV viewership. It’s worth noting, though, that this is extrapolated from a select group of opt-in smart TV users and does not account for non- TV devices, leaving out a big piece of the puzzle.

According to Samba TV data, 1.8 million U.S. households watched at least five minutes of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max over the weekend.

In Justice League‘s first week (March 18-24), 2.2 million U.S. households watched at least five minutes, per Samba TV’s numbers. This is behind the company’s one-week numbers for Wonder Woman 1984 (3 million), which also performed better post-opening weekend (800,000 households) as compared to the Snyder Cut (400,000). According to Samba TV’s full weekly report, only 36% of U.S. households (792,000) actually finished the four-hour film.

UNITED KINGDOM
As per the data stats, a total no of 954,000 people in the United Kingdom watched the Zack Snyder Justice League via UK’s Sky Cinema on the First Weekend.

BRAZIL
According to Luiz Fernando, Brazil online Retailer “NOW”, one of the several offering the Zack Snyder Justice League in Brazil has revealed that the film has broken all rental records.

The Movie has rented 140% more than the previous record-holder ever, which was “Wonder Women 1984”

FRANCE
In barely a week, the Justice League Snyder Cut has exceeded 100,000 digital purchases in France, reported by Warner Bros. France.

It states that France loved the Zack Vision of Justice League more than the Joss Whedon Justice League 2017.

As per Time, the Snyder Cut was the most-watched Movie on the weekend of release. It also tells that it is tracking 35% higher than Wonder Woman 1984 three days post-release in terms of audience demand. The Movie is also tracking higher than the upcoming Mortal Kombat, releases set to hit on HBO Max in the coming weeks.

As per Samba TV, around 1.8 million households viewed the Snyder Cut over the weekend of March 19-21. Compared to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which clocked in at 1.7 million households on Disney+. The MCU series’ debut was the most-watched Disney+ premiere weekend to date but wasn’t quite enough to match the level of the Snyder Cut.

HBOMAX RECORD DOWNLOADS
The HBO Max has recorded the most significant jump in video streaming in March, as viewers tune to HBO Max to see Justice League Snyder Cut.

The new statistics indicate that the HBO Max had the biggest increase in ‘ratings’ and ‘downloads’ weekly. All the success had majorly driven by Justice League Snyder Cut, which debuted last week. HBO Max’s downloads increased by more than 64% from the prior week about 1.48 million “new downloads” of the HBO Max mobile app have been recorded. It’s a huge number more than the Disney+, Showtime, Roku, and AT&T TV combined.

According to Bloomberg Apptopia analyzed data, there were 119.1 million app sessions on HBO Max, an increase of 8.9 percent in the week ending March 28." (2)

"ANTENNA observes transaction data on several million U.S. consumers (on a strictly anonymous, opt-in basis). Using this data, it can tell when people signed-up, when they cancelled, when they switched services, and so on. It’s not a picture of ratings viewership, but it does provide clarity into how successful a piece of content is in attracting new customers to an SVOD service. In lieu of traditional box office grosses, new subscription growth is a favorable substitute for the streaming era.

According to ANTENNA data, Zack Snyder’s Justice League drove a 2.3x increase in HBO Max sign-ups (March 18-March 21) compared to the previous four Thursday-Sunday periods. In the Snyder Cut’s opening weekend (March 19-21), HBO Max earned more sign-ups than during the opening weekends of The Little Things, Judas & The Black Messiah and Tom & Jerry but less than Wonder Woman 1984. Also, in its opening weekend, ZSJL earned more sign-ups than Disney+ did during the opening weekend of The Mandalorian Season 2 (Oct. 30-Nov.1)."

It is a new world in which this film now exists. This is part 3 of Zack’s 5 part arc. We have a second chance. Let’s not waste it. We’ve gained more support. They’ve faced us united once before. We are stronger and we can be united.
Let’s make our own future.
#RestoreTheSnyderVerse

WORKS CITED

(1) www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-29/hbo-max-has-top-gain-in-weekly-streaming-sessions-apptopia

(2) showflik.com/2021/04/20/zack-snyders-justice-league-breaking-all-streaming-records-worldwide/

(3) observer.com/2021/04/justice-league-hbo-max-ratings-viewership-subscribers-netflix-disneyplus-amazon/

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