The very first thing you notice in Justice League Snyder Cut is its TV Aspect Ratio 4:3 or 1.33:1 which is converted to 1.43:1 for IMax viewing. Since it is released on HBO Max which is like a replacement to our TV-set, keeping that aspect ratio makes sense. However, the 1.33:1 aspect ratio has more to offer in this 4-hour marathon movie. So, let’s dive in.
Note: Earlier, when Television is invented, the film and the longer of video (serials) have already begun filming in 1.33:1 (4:3) aspect ratio. Even now, some news channels maintain that ratio to keep the authenticity of TV.
Normally, a movie with superheroes, gigantic sets and big action maintains an aspect ratio of 1.7:1 or 1.85:1 or 2.39:1; there are some customized aspect ratios, all wider in length. The bigger the aspect ratio is the better to feel the grandness of the world or a war.
Storyline: As Superheroes bid farewell to Earth’s strongest superhero Superman, the world is expected to face a greater evil threat. Batman and Wonder Woman must work quickly to recruit a team to stand against the newly awakened enemy.
As you can determine, Justice League Snyder Cut is one of those movies and despite that Zack Snyder went for the 4:3 ratio. Why?
The answer is in its character and chapter-wise presentation. The new Justice League, which was previously released with the strange and the most incoherently cut after Zack Snyder took a break to attend a personal loss, is made more character-based film. It invests a good-enough time
- To introduce and develop characters like Cyborg, Aquaman, Flash and Steppenwolf; (In case you forgot, the Aquaman movie was not made until 2018 end and Cyborg’s back story, Flash big use and Steppenwolf’s motivation are completely misplaced or removed from the theatrical version)
- To tease characters like Darkseid, Commissioner Gordon, Dr. Raymon Palmer, Martian Manhunter and Iris West; (These characters are completely deleted from the theatrical version)
- To give much needed depth and to complete the arc of characters like Batman, Louis Lane and Superman; (these characters were given no goals or sentiments and reshoots are for uncharacteristic humour in the theatrical version)
The 4:3 aspect ratio makes a film experience a personal movie as small width removes the unnecessary footage around the single character; that asks the audience to focus on one character so that they empathise with them. The film is filled with many such single-characters journeys, it works for the entire film including the gigantic fight scene as the audience is already invested in the character’s life and their motivations.
I hope this explanation makes much sense and if you have any other view on the aspect ratio or on the movie do share in the comment or email.