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The differences between Zack Snyder’s Justice League and the 2017 theatrical version of the film are mostly additive — Cyborg gets his backstory back, Steppenwolf has a minor facelift, & Darkseid’s grumbling subplot is threaded throughout. But the most dramatic change lớn the HBO Max presentation of the “Snyder Cut” is how it looks on a television. Justice League was presented in multiplexes in a traditional widescreen format; Zack Snyder’s Justice League unfolds in a 4:3 box, like a lost TV movie from the 1980s finally getting its due. Albeit with state-of-the-art special effects và pristine picture quality.

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Why does the movie have black bars — or pillarboxing, as aspect ratio techies would say — around the edges? It’s by design. As an HBO Max warning indicates at the start of the film, the 4:3 (1.33:1) dimensions were part of Snyder’s creative vision for Justice League, which he saw as an IMAX experience worthy of DC’s titans. The film wasn’t actually shot with IMAX cameras, nor was it originally framed for the boxy aspect ratio, but this is Zack Snyder’s Justice League, & everything we thought we knew about the movie is off the table.

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“When we were working on Batman v Superman, we shot a ton of the sequences in IMAX,” Snyder said at a 2020 JusticeCon panel. “I was obsessed with the science center theaters where they show the 1.43 aspect ratio. IMAX, outside of that, is a bigger version of your TV, but in its gigantic, full-film, 10-story screen, it’s a different experience. Và watching BvS & those sequences came on, I was like, This is fucking crazy! It got me obsessed with the big square.”

Justice League (2017) vs. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) Composite: Matt Patches/onaga.vn | Source images: Warner Bros. Pictures/HBO Max Snyder và his director of photography, Fabian Wagner (Game of Thrones, Overlord), originally framed Justice League in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. While wider than the “big square,” the framing still gave the director more room for vertical information than the typical wide-widescreen anamorphic look. “I was a little concerned as to lớn how we would get half a dozen superheroes on screen in the same frame,” Wagner said in an interview with British Cinematographer at the time, “but having scrutinised the storyboarded scenes with Zack, 1.85:1 was a perfect fit with the way the characters are visualised.”

What wasn’t as clear at the time of the theatrical release was that, while Snyder và Wagner had framed Justice League for 1.85:1, they had captured full-frame footage. This gave Snyder, in theory, the ability to xuất hiện up sequences lớn the taller IMAX aspect ratio.

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“A lot of the restoration khổng lồ put a lot of the big squares back,” Snyder said at JusticeCon. “Superheroes tend to be, as figures, they tend to be less horizontal. Maybe tráng sĩ when he’s flying. But when he’s standing, he’s more of a vertical. Everything is composed and shot that way, & a lot of the restoration is sort of trying to lớn put that back.”

Most of us will never see Zack Snyder’s Justice League on the giant IMAX screen it’s intended for. (Publicists for the film confirmed khổng lồ onaga.vn that there are no theaters currently showing the four-hour film, nor are there plans to roll it out in the future.) và depending on your preferred movie-viewing device — be it a big-screen TV, a laptop, a tablet, or your phone — the enjoyment of Snyder’s quality aspect ratio choice may vary. Here’s Dan Seifert of The Verge with examples of how the pillarboxing (and, in some cases, automatic horizontal letterboxing as well) display the film on different setups.

Screencaps: Dan Seifert/Twitter In a recent new york Times interview, Snyder self-reflected on his choice to lớn play Justice League in 4:3, reminding people that his film and First Cow are the most recent, yet diametrically opposed examples in recent memory. “Am I a provocateur?” Snyder asked out loud. “A little bit.”