Why is Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 4:3? Let’s get the Snyder Cut aspect ratio explained. It’s for a very good reason!

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Zack Snyder is often championed by his devotees as a visionary filmmaker, having developed a unique visual style of storytelling across his body of work.

His work within the superhero genre – Watchmen, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel – is perhaps best described as divisive. Nevertheless, after audiences watched 2017’s Justice League, many cried out for the director’s cut of the film, as Joss Whedon was essentially called in to complete the project.

There was much debate regarding whether the “Snyder Cut” actually existed, for a time. Nevertheless, it arrived on HBO Max on Thursday, March 18th 2021.

Discussion around the four-hour cut is in full swing, but before audiences dive into the narrative details, some have found themselves confused. Why is Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 4:3 aspect ratio?

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Why is Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 4:3 aspect ratio?

  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League is presented in 4:3 aspect ratio because the film was originally shot that way. The 55-year-old director filmed in this ratio so that it would be better suited to IMAX screens. So, considering it was framed that way, Zack didn’t wish to change it for the streaming release.

As a result, no parts of the frame were cut off during the conversion to widescreen.

This is highlighted by Decider, which interviewed producer Deborah Snyder. While in conversation, she explained the film’s appearance:

“The film was originally shot that way. You know, don’t forget it was intended for the theatrical release, and it was intended to have an IMAX release. But now that it was on HBO Max, Zack didn’t want to change the aspect ratio, because everything was framed that way. And it’s also, I just think it’s just so unique.”

She added: “You’re getting so much of the picture, you’re seeing a lot more. If we then made the decision to just chop it off, we would be losing part of the frame. So it was really important to maintain the aspect ratio because that’s how it was originally intended to be. That’s how it was shot. That’s how the visual effects were done.”

So, if you’re confused about the space at the sides of the screen, there’s no need to worry. There’s nothing wrong with the film’s presentation on your TV.

Fans react to Snyder Cut aspect ratio

In wake of the movie’s 2021 release on HBO Max and Sky Cinema, audiences have taken to Twitter to react to the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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