I know that these Snyder films have received quite harsh reviews, claiming that the tone of these films is far too dark for the context of the material. However, I do not feel this is at all the case. I do enjoy Marvel's more light-hearted take on superheros, of course. But their tone is sometimes a bit too light and fluffy for me. These Snyder versions of the superhero film are indeed much darker, and somehow, he makes this fit nicely in this particular paradigm. Snyder shows us a world that is not all fluff and bunnies. He paints a sometimes quite grim picture of our world and the logical consequences of introducing meta-humans into this world. It all makes perfect sense.
The one aspect of these films which Marvel does not examine too deeply is the collateral damage resulting from these super battles. Snyder shows us, often with gut-wrenching realism, how average people are affected. And the images cannot but stay with you for a long time. But, again, it all makes sense. And it makes me curious why Marvel has not had the guts to go as far as does Snyder. Probably because they do not wish to risk offending their public.
Which brings me to an interesting idea: how if these Snyder films were R rated? Would this not provide an even broader palate for his vision? I would think so. Perhaps he should consider this, if he has not already. But regardless, he has pushed these films as close to an R rating as possible, with some truly memorable results. And I applaud his efforts. Because in the end, you come away from these films feeling you have actually experienced living, breathing characters within a realistic world, in spite of all the other-worldly effects. And that is truly a major accomplishment, ultimately rewarding in every sense of the word.