I think the first thing we have to acknowledge is that the version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League currently doing the rounds is not the version we would have — perhaps — gotten in cinemas if Zack Snyder had been able to complete the project back in 2016/2017. It’s over four hours long, for one thing. It’s in the squared-off IMAX aspect ratio for another, despite no longer being intended for any IMAX exhibition. Rest assured, any version of the hypothetical original film screening in a non-IMAX venue would have been widescreen. There are a number of other technical, aesthetic, and formal choices that would probably not have arisen, all of them largely, if not irrelevant, then at least unimportant. The simple fact is that Snyder’s daughter, Autumn, died by suicide during the original production, and that has irrevocably changed the film and the filmmaker. You know the old bit about how a man can never step into the same river twice because it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man? It holds true here. The movie Snyder might have made remains an unknowable hypothetical; the movie he did make is about grief.

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