Zack Snyder's Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

the site of trauma and decay, a veritable wasteland of the unreal—chernobyl is not chernobyl and never was chernobyl, but an interchangeable scar on the land; where latvia and ukraine meet as a unifying mnemonic collective. here as everywhere, time slows and speeds at the same rate in the same fashion, each instance as weighty as the next, active and definitive, presenting an atemporal affection of characterized mythology. these heroes are in decay. and i don't blame snyder for viewing it that way, for even besides the constant glut of (super)heroic self-exoneration presented to us by corporate hegemony, this is most especially an elegiac signification of the parental relationship. the parental duty. picking up the pieces and reconstructing an imaginary element of differential subjective placement. cyborg, victor stone, remains an identified whole, more than the projection of broken anxiety that indicates his father's view of the world. he stands to prevent [the] unity, to prevent homogenizing cultural exchange into a site of colonial deferral; he is at once both political pedagogy and autonomic recognition of the multiplicity characterizing neurodiversity. that we are more than a social ill. that we count. that we matter (to others, even!). even within decay.

diana does what diana do, she flies, she leaps. she reflects memorial engagement as the defining mythos of hegemonic (feminine) praxis. there's an importance placed on her symbolically that doesn't exist in the same way for the others. arthur and barry are (to my mind) the two who most explicitly encapsulate abandonment, the former embracing solitary conditioning, the latter rejecting abandonment as a necessary aspect of engagement with parental will. instead connective tissue is interrupted by the reflective glass, something the heroic can break, but institutional justice is not justice. and yet we remain captive to the rules of the privileged, and the wealthy, and the mechanical function of those institutions. even if we choose to understand our cooperative engagement with them as not a systemic but instead an institutional failure.

bruce reveals his dream as a displaced fear of self-critical invalidation, that his deficiencies are impossible to rectify, the epilogue an elegy to the future. the dream-state reflects a world that is (to borrow from susan napier) "renewed and transfigured", it exists, but solely discoverable in the apocalyptic imaginary. catastrophizing personal indications as a disruptive paternal/romantic cathexis. our best immediate understanding of death comes from the future past, the epilogue demonstrating kal-el's loss, joker's loss, bruce's loss, mera's loss. in fact kal-el returns in black, as if in mourning of his own identifying "essential" matter, one that finds safety in lois lane, but rather can not be understood outside of victor's own enforced resurrection. the actualizing loss of bonding with the imaginary to redefine ontological self-hood (that defies ontological self-hood!) can only be understood in that context. or rather, superman is reborn and is already dead. what can the father do but sacrifice himself? so he does, unless he can not. any patrilocal expression of fondness is affection of the will. and that self-destruction, while admirable, is undesired, ineffective, and lamentable; rather firmly it should not be reproduced. and so bruce's trauma ascribes the contradictory failure of parenthood to the inactivity deferral of the mythological symbolic order. i.e., the causal variables of positionality (wealth as a superpower) in the intersubjective elegy of the reified hero. and so they remain in decay.

"to my father, thank you. to my mother, farewell. and to all the children... congratulations!"

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