You can watch for yourself here. The Justice League Snyder Cut trailer released at DC FanDome features the song "Hallelujah"; while some feel the Leonard Cohen song is overused, the 1984 track is a perfect representation of Snyder's journey with the project. Symbolically, the song's message about passion — how joy and loss are intrinsic to the experience — reflects Snyder's own bittersweet experience with Justice League. Others who have covered it include k.d. HBO Max is releasing Justice League as a 4-part miniseries — a format that will suit Snyder's vision better than a traditional theatrical release would have. A one-stop shop for all things video games. and Sense8. Snyder's Justice League journey involves loss and powerlessness — both in terms of his personal journey and the property itself. by Grandson to foreshadow the impending high body count of the movie. Cohen is celebrating love, elevating it through celestial comparisons — but he also condemns it by pointing to the painful experience of what is presumably unrequited passion. 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As the Warner Bros.-led pep rally DC Fandome hit the five-hour mark on Saturday, it was time for what a very specific corner of the audience was waiting for: a look at Zack Snyder’s cut of the 2017 film Justice League. The trailer uses an edited version of the Cohen recording, highlighting the director's own experiences by carefully featuring specific lyrics. The trailer is stuffed with imagery typical of a Zack Snyder film: crisply lensed and elegantly framed shots that feel plucked directly from comic book panels, filled with determined faces and thousand-yard-stares, the action slowed down for viewers to bathe in the cool blues and intense chiaroscuro. Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy. There's nothing about the Snyder Cut that is traditional: the project is the result of a passionate fan campaign — one born from disappointment with how Justice League was handled following Snyder's departure from the project. Looking for more? The first image in the Snyder Cut trailer is Darkseid, one of DC's New Gods, followed by a shot of a dying Superman. Use of "Hallelujah" is more than just a needle-drop. She has a fierce love of all things "spooky," and a deep appreciation for classic cinema. Snyder — and his fans — are getting this second chance precisely because of how the original events unfurled. This is all set to Leonard Cohen’s oft-covered 1984 synth-folk anthem “Hallelujah.”. Justice League may be epic, but it's still grounded in an ordinary love of cinema. Snyder addresses the past, acknowledging that he "did [his] best, it wasn't much." Snyder understands this, having implemented the song for similar effect in Watchmen. Related: Why Justice League Snyder Cut Spoiled Silas Stone's Death. She is a writer, researcher, and folk musician. We’ll see #TheSnyderCut (as its activist tweeters call it) on HBO Max next year. The refrain "Hallelujah" — an expression or rejoicing or worship — is sung with a melancholy cadence, contradicting the nature of the term. ", Next: The Batman: Biggest Unanswered Questions From The Trailer. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. References to Biblical figures like David and Samson suggest something deeper and more ancient, however, turning the song into a broader discussion about one's capacity to love — whether it's a spiritual love, like David's song of praise to God, or a romantic love, like Samson and Delilah. It’s shown up in Lord of War, Sing (yes, a second animated film), The West Wing, Scrubs, General Hospital, The O.C. On one level, the song tells the story of a man trying (and presumably, failing) to impress a woman with his music. Like Cohen, Snyder shares a willingness to be painfully earnest and vulnerable through his art. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. For Justice League, however, the significance of "Hallelujah" has to do with the project's past history, rather than to set up audience expectations. Tragic circumstances prompted Snyder's exit from Justice League back in May 2017, and regardless of how Snyder feels about his fans passionately lobbying for his return to the DCEU, he must have complicated feelings about revisiting what was surely a very difficult period in his life. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. The director's own personal struggles and feelings being overthrown by his undying devotion to his craft are communicated through Cohen's heartfelt pledge "And even though it all went wrong '/ I'll stand before the Lord of Song / With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah." By Jordan Hoffma n. August 23, 2020. We will never really know if Zack Snyder is kidding or not. We will never really know if Zack Snyder is kidding or not. © 2020 Condé Nast. Justice League: The Snyder Cut - Hallelujah - Song - YouTube Click the button below to start this article in quick view. (Incidentally, Rufus Wainwright re-recorded it for the soundtrack album.). Had Whedon's handling of Justice League been more successful, the "Release the Snyder Cut" movement would not have occurred. It is a throwback to Snyder’s oft-derided inclusion of it in his 2009 adaptation of Watchmen, and the scene in which Patrick Wilson and Malin Akerman unzip their costumes and engage in an intimate act in a giant airship shaped like an owl. The director knows firsthand the power Cohen refers to, as well as powerlessness and failure. Wonder Woman (as Diana Prince) approaches what may be the Spear of Destiny. There was also Kate McKinnon’s version as Hillary Clinton after the 2016 election. Presumably, Snyder is grateful to both his fans for their support as well as HBO Max for giving him this opportunity to fulfill his original artistic vision; yet, it doesn't undo everything that happened, and most likely, Zack's total plan for the DCEU will remain unrealized.