Zack Snyder Explains Why ‘Justice League’ Has Different Aspect Ratio

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Zack Snyder decided to film Justice League in a 1.85:1 visual ratio instead of the usual 2.35:1 widescreen ratio, meaning that the movie will visually look a little different than the usual big-screen blockbuster. The director took to Vero to explain why.

Using the social media platform Vero, Snyder explained that he really likes filming with IMAX cameras, so all of his scenes were filmed in the ratio. The statement he left (seen below) implies that not all scenes he filmed were filmed in IMAX, but were recorded in the same aspect ratio in order for Justice League to have a consistent format throughout the film:

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Filming with a non-standard aspect ratios is actually not uncommon for superhero movies these days – part of the reason why Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel are so expensive is that they’ll be filmed entirely in IMAX as opposed to just using the format for a handful of scenes (which is usually standard procedure for those kind of movies). What ought to be interesting to see is if the Joss Whedon-directed reshoots/additional photography retained this ratio or if they use a more standard visual format – but the former seems likely, as Whedon used a 1.85:1 format for filming The Avengers.

Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Julian Lewis Jones and Michael McElhatton are also in the movie in unspecified roles.

Source: Vero (via Reddit)

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The Justice League isn’t limited to the six members we saw in Zack Snyder’s film. The team has an expansive roster that features dozens of reserve characters ready to help the Justice League save the world on a moment’s notice.

With movies like the Green Lantern Corps and Shazam in the pipelines, it’s clear more heroes will be introduced to the DC Extended Universe soon. The Avengers featured a small team and it only grew as more characters were introduced into the Marvel movie universe. The Justice League is gonna need all the help it can get to fight Darkseid and keep the streets safe from lower-tier villains like Deathstroke and Joker.

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Jordann William Edwards

    It should be noted that the first Avengers movie directed by Joss Whedon was also shot in the 1:85 aspect ratio. Coincidence?

    • Jacob McMillan


    • Darthmanwe

      Well, yes and no. Coincidence in the way that Whedon happened to fall into directors chair after Zack, but since both of them wanted to use IMAX ( and if you have the resources to do so, it IS the best format and camera after all) for big sequences, end product is an IMAX conforming format.

      Personally, I hate it when movie switches between aspect ratios mid scene ( about one of the only gripes I have with Dark Knight, for example), so that’s a clever move.

    • KaielE

      1.85:1 is the standard for most films.

  • Darklight

    The article has an error it says “Justice League in a 1:85 visual ratio instead of the usual 16:9 widescreen ratio, ” it should have been 2:35:1 instead of 16:9. In fact the 1.85:1 aspect ratio is very close to 16:9 unlike the much wider 2.35:1 aspect ratio of man of steel or the even wider 2.40:1 aspect of some bvs presentation.

    • KungFuCthulhu

      Thank you for letting me know. I’ve applied this correction to the article.

      – Grant