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You Can't Save The World Alone
Directed By
Produced By
Charles Roven
Deborah Snyder
Jon Berg
Geoff Johns
Screenplay By
Chris Terrio
Joss Whedon
Based on
Justice League
by Gardner Fox
Edited By
David Brenner
Richard Pearson
Martin Walsh
Cinematography
Fabian Wagner
Music By
Danny Elfman (Theatrical)
Junkie XL(Director's Cut)
Distributed By
Country
United States
Language
English
Release Date
November 17, 2017
Runtime

120 minutes (Theatrical)

242 minutes (Director's Cut)
Rating
Rating PG-13.gif
Budget
$300 million
Gross
$657.9 million


Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on characters that appear in DC Comics. The film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher. It was released in the United States on November 17, 2017.

Plot

Justice League

Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

Thousands of years ago, Steppenwolf and his legions of Parademons attempted to take over Earth with the combined energies of three Mother Boxes. They were foiled by a unified army that includes the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, mankind, and the Green Lantern Corps. After repelling Steppenwolf's army, the Mother Boxes were separated and hidden in locations on the planet. In the present, mankind is in mourning over Superman, whose death triggers the Mother Boxes to reactivate and Steppenwolf's return to Earth. In an effort to regain favor with his master, Darkseid, Steppenwolf aims to gather the boxes to form "The Unity", which will destroy Earth's ecology and terraform it in the image of Steppenwolf's homeworld.

Steppenwolf retrieves the Mother Box from Themyscira, prompting Queen Hippolyta to warn her daughter Diana of Steppenwolf's return. Diana joins Bruce Wayne in his attempt to unite other metahumans to their cause, with Wayne going after Arthur Curry and Barry Allen, while Diana tries to locate Victor Stone. Wayne fails to persuade Curry, but manages to recruit an enthusiastic Allen onto the team. Although Diana fails to convince Stone to join, he agrees to help them locate the threat if he discovers their location. Stone later joins the team after his father Silas and several other S.T.A.R. Labs employees are kidnapped by Steppenwolf seeking to acquire the Mother Box from mankind.

Steppenwolf attacks Atlantis to retrieve the next Mother Box, forcing Curry into action. The team receives intel from Commissioner James Gordon leading them to Steppenwolf's army, based in an abandoned facility under Gotham Harbor. Although the group manages to rescue the kidnapped employees, the facility is flooded during combat, which traps the team until Curry helps delay the flood so they can escape. Stone retrieves the last Mother Box, which he had hidden, for the group to analyze. Stone reveals that his father used the Mother Box to rebuild Stone's body after an accident almost cost him his life. Wayne decides to use the Mother Box to resurrect Superman, not only to help them fight off Steppenwolf's invasion, but also to restore hope to mankind. Diana and Curry are hesitant about the idea, but Wayne forms a secret contingency plan in case Superman returns as hostile.

Clark Kent's body is exhumed and placed in the amniotic fluid of the genesis chamber of the Kryptonian ship alongside the Mother Box, which in turn activates and successfully resurrects Superman. However, Superman's memories have not returned, and he attacks the group after Stone accidentally launches a projectile at him. On the verge of being killed by Superman, Batman enacts his contingency plan: Lois Lane. Superman calms down and leaves with Lane to his family home in Smallville, where he reflects and his memories slowly come back. In the turmoil, the last Mother Box is left unguarded and Steppenwolf retrieves it with ease. Without Superman to aid them, the five heroes travel to a village in Russia where Steppenwolf aims to unite the Mother Boxes once again to remake Earth. The team fights their way through the Parademons to reach Steppenwolf, although they are unable to distract him enough for Stone to separate the Mother boxes. Superman arrives and assists Allen in evacuating the city, as well as Stone in separating the Mother Boxes. The team defeats Steppenwolf, who, overcome with fear, is attacked by his own Parademons before they all teleport away.

After the battle, Bruce and Diana agree to set up a base of operations for the team, with room for more members. Diana steps back into the public spotlight as a hero; Barry acquires a job in Central City's police department, impressing his father; Victor continues to explore and enhance his abilities with his father in S.T.A.R. Labs; Arthur returns to Atlantis; and Superman resumes his life as reporter Clark Kent. In a post-credits scene, Lex Luthor escapes from Arkham Asylum and then recruits Slade Wilson to form their own league.

All spoilers have been stated and have ended here.

Zack Snyder's Justice League

Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

Five thousand years ago, Darkseid and his legion of Parademons attempted to conquer Earth using the Mother Boxes. The attempt was foiled by a unified alliance of Old Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, Men and a Green Lantern, and the Mother Boxes were unintentionally left behind during their retreat. After the battle, the Boxes were hidden in different locations, guarded by the Amazons, Atlanteans, and Men, respectively. In the present, Superman's death triggers the Boxes' reactivation, attracting Steppenwolf, Darkseid's disgraced lieutenant and uncle, to Earth. Steppenwolf aims to regain Darkseid's favor by gathering the boxes to form "the Unity," which would terraform Earth in the likeness of their world Apokolips.

Steppenwolf retrieves a Mother Box from Themyscira, prompting Queen Hippolyta to warn her daughter Diana Prince. Diana receives the message and learns of the events related to Darkseid and Steppenwolf. She informs Bruce Wayne, and the two seek to form a team of metahumans to protect Earth. Bruce locates Arthur Curry and Barry Allen, while Diana locates Victor Stone. Barry joins immediately, while Arthur and Victor refuse. However, Victor joins after his father Silas and several other S.T.A.R. Labs employees are kidnapped by Parademons seeking the humans' Mother Box. When scouts from the Atlantean outpost guarding their Mother Box go missing, having been kidnapped and interrogated by Steppenwolf for its location, Arthur is asked by his mentor Vulko to assist fellow Atlantean Mera in protecting the outpost when his half-brother Orm refuses to take action. Arthur reluctantly goes to the outpost but ultimately fails to stop Steppenwolf from taking the Box.

The team receives intel from Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon, leading them to Steppenwolf's army in an abandoned facility under Gotham Harbor. Although the group rescues the kidnapped employees, the facility is flooded during combat, trapping the team until Arthur arrives and delays the flood so they can escape. Victor retrieves the last Mother Box, which he had hidden, for the group to analyze. Victor reveals the history of the Box and that Silas used the Box to rebuild his body after a car accident. He explains that the Boxes are "change machines" that unfalteringly enforce the will of their master, destroying or restoring to life without bias. The group comes to the realization that they could use the Box to resurrect Superman to help fight Steppenwolf. Meanwhile, the two Mother Boxes in his possession show Steppenwolf a vision of a secret power on Earth, the Anti-Life Equation, which was sought after by Darkseid for countless millennia and initially discovered during his first failed invasion of Earth, only to be lost alongside the Mother Boxes. Steppenwolf then informs DeSaad of the discovery and is then informed by Darkseid to complete his mission as he will arrive on Earth personally afterwards. Barry and Victor exhume Superman's body and place it in the amniotic fluid of the genesis chamber in a Kryptonian ship kept in S.T.A.R. Labs. After Barry activates the Mother Box, an amnesiac Superman is resurrected, immediately attacking the group after Victor's cybernetics target him in self-defense. He defeats the group soundly, but Lois Lane, who had been visiting the Superman memorial, arrives just in time to calm Superman down, preventing him from killing Bruce. Together, Lois and Superman leave for his family home in Smallville, where he regains his memories and reunites with his mother, Martha Kent.

While the group is recovering from their bout, Steppenwolf attacks S.T.A.R. Labs and retrieves the last Mother Box. Before Steppenwolf could claim it, Silas manages to supercharge the Box with laser heat at the cost of his own life, allowing Victor to track it by tracing the heat. Without Superman, the five heroes travel to an abandoned Russian city, where Steppenwolf aims to unite the Boxes. They plan to separate the Boxes by hitting them with a kinetic charge generated by Barry and Victor. The team fights their way through the Parademons to reach the Boxes while Barry runs to generate the charge. Superman arrives and overpowers Steppenwolf, but by the time Victor is ready Barry is knocked down by a Parademon, allowing the Boxes time to form the Unity, causing a massive explosion that wipes out the team. Barry enters the Speed Force before the shockwave reaches him and runs faster than the speed of light, traveling back in time to just seconds before the explosion to give Victor the necessary charge that ultimately allows him, along with Superman, to separate the Boxes. The heroes kill Steppenwolf and toss his decapitated body through a portal to Apokolips. Still, Darkseid reassures his servant DeSaad that despite this setback, he will return to Earth with their fleet to complete his quest now that the location of the Anti-Life Equation has been rediscovered.

After the battle, Bruce, Diana, and Alfred Pennyworth agree to set up a base of operations at the former Wayne Manor. As the team establishes, Diana contemplates about her Amazonian sisters, Barry acquires a job in Central City's police department which impresses his father Henry, Victor is inspired by a message from his father to use his abilities for good, Arthur bids farewell to Mera and Vulko as he goes to see his father, and Superman resumes his life as reporter Clark Kent and as protector of Earth.

Lex Luthor, who escaped Arkham Asylum, is visited by Slade Wilson, to whom Luthor reveals Batman's secret identity. After having a nightmare involving himself, Victor, Barry, Mera, Wilson, the Joker, and an evil Superman in a post-apocalyptic world, Bruce receives a visit from Secretary of Defense Calvin Swanwick who is revealed to be the Martian Manhunter, who previously visited Lois disguised as Martha. He thanks Bruce for assembling the team before saying they will be in contact in preparation for Darkseid's next planned invasion of Earth.

All spoilers have been stated and have ended here.

Cast

  • Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg

Critical Reception

The theatrical version of Justice League received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics, who praised the action sequences and cast performances but criticized the plot, writing, pacing, villain, music, humor, computer-generated imagery, and Whedon's direction. Its tone was also met with a polarized reception, with some appreciating the lighter tone compared to previous DCEU films and others finding it inconsistent and unnatural. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 40% of 400 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise." According to the review aggregator Metacritic, which sampled 52 reviews and calculated a weighted average of 45 out of 100, Justice League received "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, and those at PostTrak gave the film an 85% overall positive score (average 4 out of 5 stars) and a 69% "definite recommend".

Conversely, the director's cut Zack Snyder's Justice League received positive reviews from critics, with most considering it to be superior to the 2017 theatrical version. On Rotten Tomatoes, 71% of 292 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Zack Snyder's Justice League lives up to its title with a sprawling cut that expands to fit the director's vision – and should satisfy the fans who willed it into existence." According to Metacritic, which calculated a weighted average score of 54 out of 100 based on 45 critics, the film received "mixed or average reviews". The scores of the film are higher on both sites than what the 2017 film received.

Zack Snyder's Justice League

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The divisive reaction towards the final highlighted cut of the film, with Zack Snyder leaving directorial duties and the final cut of the film in the hands of Joss Whedon, has led to an argument comparing the situation to the one experienced by the film Superman II. Both Justice League and Superman II feature a director that was replaced before completion of a film, which led to a second director coming in and making substantial changes to the tone of each film. Although the reasoning behind each director's departure differs, Richard Donner was able to complete his Superman II cut in 2005. In the belief that Snyder had shot enough material for a finished film, a campaign for a "Snyder Cut" was started to allow Snyder to receive a similar treatment to Donner. Arguments are made that Snyder's vision would be more cohesive to the previous films than the actual theatrical cut, which Snyder has refused to see. Warner Bros. initially remained silent regarding any intention of making a "Snyder Cut".[1]

In March 2019, Snyder confirmed his original cut does exist, and stated that it is up to Warner Bros. to release it.[2] In November, however, an insider claimed that Warner Bros. is unlikely to release Snyder's version of Justice League in theaters nor on HBO Max, calling it a "pipe dream".[3] In December, however, Snyder posted a photo in his Vero account, which showed boxes with tapes labeled "Z.S. J.L Director's cut", and with the caption "Is it real? Does it exist? Of course it does."[4] On May 20, 2020, Snyder officially announced that HBO Max will be releasing his cut of Justice League on their service in 2021.[5] The cut will cost $20–30 million to complete the special effects, musical score, and editing, and will be either a four-hour version or six-part miniseries of Snyder's original vision of the film.[6] It was also revealed that Cavill, Affleck, Gadot, Fisher and Miller would be returning to help complete the film.[7]

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