Justice League was a fascinating film, no matter how you look at it. Either it was fascinating because of its actual content, or because of the story of how it was made behind the camera. The fact that such a huge production got so bogged down with course correction is not lost upon viewing the film, and yet again, another DCEU film has created a split amongst not only the fans who did and didn’t like the film, but also between those who liked it for what it was, or what it could have been.
Basically, those who hated the Snyder DCEU feel, may or may not love Justice League, whereas those who loved the Snyder DCEU feel, may also not love Justice League because it’s clearly not in Snyder’s DCEU feel of things. For better or for worse, Justice League stands out due to its revisions, be they entirely reshoot related, or just basic editing for tone and pacing. It’s the difference between a misunderstood yet mediocre film, and a lost gem that gets ignored. I personally loved Justice League, but I do greatly wish to see the inevitably darker version that would have resulted if Snyder stayed on for the entire project. Professional fanboy and stoner-comedy filmmaker Kevin Smith, recently sat down with his Fatman on Batman podcast co-host Marc Bernardin to discuss the film, and had some neat insight into what happened to the original cut of the film.
“Superman joins the fight and teams up with the League to defeat Steppenwolf, however, at one point, Steppenwolf tries to tempt Superman into joining his army, ready for this,” Smith said on his Fatman on Batman podcast. “This made me so f***ing angry, and we see Darkseid for the first time in Superman’s vision and we see flashes of the nightmare footage that Batman had in Batman v Superman, however, Superman snaps back out of it and delivers the final blow to defeat Steppenwolf.”
An individual at the podcast’s taping, who had also seen that same earlier cut of the film, confirmed the article’s veracity for Smith. She also noted that Darkseid didn’t look fully “finished” in that version of the film.
The thought of seeing Darkseid on film is so dang tempting, but I can’t help but be kinda thankful that that wasn’t in the movie. Steppenwolf was a good enough introductory villain for the League, and seeing the “end boss” so soon might’ve been piling too much. Then again, that’s only too much for the film we ended up getting, as opposed to the film we were supposed to get.
I highly suggest you click through to that YouTube video and listen to the full recording of Kevin Smith, as he goes into further anecdotal detail about what the differences between the two versions of Justice League were. If you don’t like listening or just would rather read the differences, you can always look at the lengthy article Mr. Smith is reading.
A few highlights from the article and video are mentions of lines cut from a Green Lantern(!), Ares and Zeus, who only two of which were visible in the theatrical cut. For fans who liked the movie but wanted more of Snyder’s vision, it’s an enticing proposition to think that multiple versions of this movie exist, and are just waiting to be arranged into new edits and released for fans on Blu-ray. Justice League and Snyder’s vision may not be for everyone, but for the audience it’s aiming at, it’s a bullseye. Hopefully, we’ll all get to see what Snyder was truly aiming for, and you can bet the moment they release any news about a Zack Snyder cut of Justice League, we’ll be jumping for joy and talking about it right here on Geek.
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