If that’s all they’ve got to tease, then just show the dang cut already.
Okay, yeah, I’m sure there’s a lot of work left to do before that’s even possible (no doubt HBO Max would love to have this for the holiday quarantine if they could), but this latest look at Zack Snyder’s Justice League isn’t doing a lot other than retreading tired promo tropes like the ironic juxtaposition of setting the action to Leonard Cohen‘s somber “Hallelujah.”
Indeed, it’s actually nothing more than an indiscernible update to the trailer that Snyder first premiered back in August’s DC Fandome, only now with some fleeting cosmetic additions.
The hip virtue signaling doesn’t end there, what with the square 1:33:1 aspect ratio replacing a traditional widescreen frame or Zack’s own twitter release of the trailer in black-and-white (you know, to make sure that you realize how important this piece of pop art is).
Look, I’m not here to dump on this director’s cut. If anything, I consider it a gift and am very much looking forward to it. But aside from glimpses of a black-suited Superman or a more metallically-spiked Steppenwolf baddie (make that much more), this latest trailer drop doesn’t elicit a “MUST SEE NOW!” geek trigger so much as a “Psyche!” fakeout letdown, and a slog of a reminder that this isn’t arriving anytime soon.
Scheduled for release sometime in 2021 (I’m betting on the second half), Zack Snyder’s Justice League will play out as a limited four-episode miniseries exclusively on HBO Max.