Why is the film square? Understand here!
Zack Snyder’s Justice League is finally here, having debuted on HBO Max in the US and being available on several different VOD services in Brazil. Many people, watching the film, were surprised when they saw the aspect ratio of the screen, which is 4: 3, which means that on most screens the film has a “square look.” “.
Right from the start there is the advertisement that says, “This film is presented in a 4: 3 aspect ratio to preserve the integrity of Zack Snyder’s creative vision.” Then you can see that the feature film has large black bars on the side, instead of two black bands at the top and bottom like most movies made to be seen in theaters. The change is due to the fact that unlike the version that went into theaters, Zack Snyder’s Justice League has an aspect ratio of 1.33: 1, more commonly known as 4: 3.
HD and 4K TVs currently have a screen ratio of 1.78: 1, so content designed for TV, such as series and movies, is designed specifically in this aspect so that it fits perfectly. TV screen – as is the case with the cinema version of Justice League. When both on the cinema screen and on television you see a movie with two horizontal stripes, below and above the screen, it is probably because the movie was shot in 2.35: 1, also known as a “panoramic window” or “anamorphic” “format.
Since Zack Snyder’s Justice League is 1.37: 1, it’s closer to old TVs. But why does the film look like this? This is because it is the same as the screens in IMAX. Most IMAX displays are larger and more “square,” and have a screen ratio between 1.32 and 1.4. So, Snyder decided to maintain her Justice League the same way she would be seen in an IMAX theater.
Last year at JusticeCon (via ComicBook), Snyder explained why the movie is in this proportion:
“My intention was to show the movie, the entire movie, on a giant IMAX screen with a 4: 3 aspect ratio. Heroes tend to be, like characters, they tend to be less horizontal. Maybe Superman, when he’s flying, but when he’s standing he’s more vertical. Everything is put together and filmed that way and a big part of the restoration is sort of putting it back in place. Put those squares back in place… It’s a completely different aesthetic. It has a different and unusual quality. Nobody does that ”.
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