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  • Acting in the Dark: The scene where Flash Face Plants in Wonder Woman's cleavage was filmed with Ezra Miller and a body double substituting for Gal Gadot. Gadot filmed her reaction shot at a different time and place (apparently without being told what scene she was filming it for) and the two shots were spliced together.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Barry mentions being Jewish as is Ezra Miller in real life.
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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Ezra Miller was vocal from the start about how excited he was to play The Flash.
  • Billing Displacement: Despite not being part of the Team Title, Amy Adams (Lois Lane) is billed third behind Ben Affleck (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman) and above Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), while Diane Lane (Martha Kent) is billed sixth after Jason Momoa (Aquaman) but above Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg).
  • Box Office Bomb: With a budget estimated at $300 million ($500 million counting marketing, interest expense, and residuals) Justice League is among the most expensive movies ever made,note  and so needed to gross a massive amount just to break even ($750 million at the highest estimate, $650 million at the lowest). It opened in a surprisingly competitive season on the release calendarnote  and its opening domestic weekend of $93.8 million, likely due to negative publicity from Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad and its notoriously troubled production, was only about half of the former and the lowest of any DCEU film thus far, combined with a lackluster promotional campaign and another critical backlash after a long embargo. Industry analysts are already predicting a $50 to $100 million net loss for Warner Brothers. The film has earned the dubious title of "the most successful box office bomb ever", as while its gross ($658 million) would be a nice success for a standard summer blockbuster with a production budget in the $140-180 million range, the power of the Batman and Superman brands plus the extremely inflated budget due to mandated reshoots led to far, far higher expectations than what were ultimately fulfilled, leading to the loss.
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  • Christmas Rushed: The movie was originally on track for its release date, but the absurd amount of problems that were induced by the mandated reshoots and hasty "course-correcting" while Zack Snyder's post-production was underway for several months (he finished principal photography in October 2016 and stepped away from post-production in May 2017, reshoots/shootings of new scenes couldn't start until July 2017 and the film was due to release in November of that year, to give an idea of the rush), as outlined under the Troubled Production section, resulted in a theatrically-released film that had botched special effects work. In fact, pushing back the film's release date was discussed, but studio executives forced the production to stick with the original release date (rumor has it they did because they had lucrative bonuses on the line). In comparison, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was pushed back nearly a year and was completed at least 6 months in advance, Wonder Woman had a similar leisurely post-production, and Aquaman's release was moved from July 2018 to October then December due to the extensive special effects work that was needed on it.
  • Creator Backlash:
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    • Joss Whedon apparently wasn't happy with how Steppenwolf turned out, as he liked a tweet that called him "the worst comic book movie villain of all time". It must be noted that the choice of Steppenwolf wasn't made by him but by Snyder, the writers, and other DC producers, and that the casting and work on his major scenes (i.e. his fight scenes with Amazons) was done before he came on-board, but with the caveat that the Warner Bros executives themselves were not particularly happy about Snyder using Steppenwolf either.
    • Ciarán Hinds was not happy that a lot of the work he did as Steppenwolf didn't make it to the theatrical version. Which means Whedon scrapped much of his character building and backstory, either by personal choice or because of the mandated 2-hours runtime. It's likely the reason why Steppenwolf calling the Unity "Mother" is left unexplained. Not helping either is the fact that a young Darkseid was originally intended to lead the first invasion of Earth and not Steppenwolf, which doesn't add up with the producers' complains about the character.
    • Some people who worked on the film have expressed how disappointed they are that a large part of Snyder's work on the film has simply been scrapped and replaced by Whedon's additions. Cinematographer Fabian Wagner has openly stated he was disappointed with how the theatrical cut turned out and has expressed his wish to see Zack Snyder's director's cut of the film (he reportedly cried when watching the theatrical version, and not of joy). Ditto with Ben Affleck's stunt double Richard Cetrone, storyboard artist Jay Oliva, stuntman Nick McKinless, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, photographer Clay Enos and actors Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, J. K. Simmons and Ciarán Hinds, among others. They were joined by Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck, who both tweeted "#ReleaseTheSnyderCut" on the second anniversary of the film's release date (they had remained utterly silent on the subject up to this point).
    • Zack Snyder seems to agree that Henry Cavill's CGI mouth doesn't work (he didn't film said scenes). On the social media Vero, he posted various stills of scenes that were cut out due to Executive Meddling, implying some sort of Take That! towards Warner Bros. for what they did to his film. He also admitted having never seen the version that was released in theaters. For instance when he confirmed that the Russian family's scenes were not shot by him ("Honestly, what Russian family?"). When talking about his upcoming Netflix-produced film Army of the Dead, Snyder once said that he "had no handcuffs on this one", no doubt referring to the Executive Meddling he had to face on Justice League.
    • In a video where he announced the shaving of his infamously troublesome mustache, Henry Cavill assured everyone that what they're seeing isn't CGI. The notorious screenshot of his Uncanny Valley mouth also flashed in the ending montage.
      • In November 2019, Cavill stated that "Justice League didn't work".
    • When asked if he wanted to see Snyder's cut of the film, Jason Momoa said "You know, it sucks in our business when you can't speak your mind, but... Yeah! Fuck yeah, I wanna see it!", and kept saying that he saw the original cut in interviews. Then in November 2019, he posted the much-relayed hashtag "#ReleaseTheSnyderCut" on Instagram, accompanying a shot of Aquaman skewering Steppenwolf in front of Diana and a Boom-Tube.
      • Momoa also wanted the "talk to fish" lines cut from the film, as he felt the tongue-in-cheek references to Aquaman's infamous reputation clashed with his and the production's attempts to make the character more badass.
    • Ray Fisher hated the line "Booyah!" being added during the reshoots, even claiming it did significant damage to his image for his entire acting career, pretty much saying it's akin to making him a stereotypical black comedic relief.
    • Various other DCEU creative staff have expressed disappointment with how the production was handled and how the finale movie turned out. This was partially because of developing their movie to pair with Justice League in an organic way only to see everything change and most things get removed, and partially out of solidarity with Zack Snyder, who helped to get them hired and encouraged their vision. James Wan and Jason Momoa have said Aquaman was based on Snyder's original version of the film, while Patty Jenkins said she barely recognized the characters who came from her movie Wonder Woman.
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • After Zack Snyder's daughter Autumn tragically committed suicide during post production, he continued working on the film for about a month, but when reshoots were scheduled in England, he decided to step away from the project to spend time with his family. Joss Whedon took over as director and scriptwriter for those sequences.
    • Whedon himself hasn't had the best of times. Following his breakdown on Avengers: Age of Ultron due to Executive Meddling and subsequently leaving Marvel Studios, he divorced his wife Kai Cole in 2016, and then worked on Justice League, initially as a writer and then engaged as a director of re-shoots, tasked with shepherding the film through during post-production. And then, his ex-wife published an exposé claiming multiple infidelities and public hypocrisy, making it a very messy and public ruckus, which has also split his fanbase further. Whedon also stepped down from directing the Batgirl movie, citing story issues as the reason for his departure. To make matters even worse, even Ray Fisher (Cyborg) has spoken out against him, calling his behavior on set "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable."
  • Creator Killer:
    • Geoff Johns and Jon Berg had time to greenlight Aquaman, SHAZAM! and Wonder Woman 1984, but the failure of Justice League got them removed from the head of DC Films, though Johns' career as a comic book creator has remained unaffected by this and he went on to showrun Stargirl.
    • Joss Whedon has not directed or writted a film since, and the film's failure coupled with accusations (chiefly by Ray Fisher) of creating a hostile work environment (without much further details) have shaken his reputation. He produced and wrote the first season of the series The Nevers for HBO, then dropped out in November 2020 amidst WarnerMedia's investigation on the hostile work environment of Justice League, and the show that he developed for Freeform, Pippa Smith: Grown-Up Detective, ended up being scrapped at the same time.
  • Deleted Role: A number of roles filmed by Zack Snyder didn't make it to the theatrical cut due to the exec-mandated changes Joss Whedon brought following Snyder's departure as well as the 2-hours runtime.
    • Darkseid was set to appear, leading his troops to invade the Earth in ancient times to seek the Anti-Life Equation and having some more appearances in modern day. He was eventually replaced by Steppenwolf in the theatrical version of the ancient battle (the stuntman who played Ares confirmed the Olympian gods fought Uxas/Darkseid), and the Anti-Life equation quest was scrapped from it. A portrait of him in an ancient crypt that Diana explores was later revealed by Zack Snyder on Vero, then eventually Darkseid himself leading the invasion. He was voiced by voice actor Ray Porter.
      • Speaking of Darkseid, Snyder also revealed that Steppenwolf reports to his servant Desaad with the line "No protectors here. No Lanterns. No Kryptonian" heard in the 2017 SDCC trailer. Desaad was axed from the theatrical cut as well. It was later revealed that veteran TV actor Peter Guinness voiced him.
      • Snyder then revealed that Darkseid's "family" (the rest of the New Gods of Apokolips) was to be briefly seen through a Boom Tube, as another Sequel Hook.
    • Iris West (Kiersey Clemons). Footage of her car accident scene with unfinished CGI was leaked, showing Barry/Flash saving her from death. Other photos and screenshots of her were shared by Snyder.
    • Elinore Stone (Karen Bryson) before her death. She appears on a photo at the Stones' apartment in the theatrical cut. The website of the special effects company that worked on the (deleted) scene of Victor Stone's football match had a footage (since deleted by Warner Bros.) that shows part of said scene, with her crying of joy after Vic scores a touchdown. Victor has a vision of her in another deleted scene that was revealed by Zack Snyder on Vero.
    • Scenes detailing Aquaman's backstory were cut as revealed by Jason Momoa when he was interviewed at the time of Aquaman's release. Momoa specifically said Aquaman picks up where one of the last scenes of the originally planned version of Justice League left off, with Mera and Nuidis Vulko (Willem Dafoe) coming at him to seek help against Orm.
    • Martian Manhunter. Snyder shared a storyboard of him in October 2019, and revealed he was played by Harry Lennix, which means General Calvin Swanwick was J'onn J'onzz all along. As such, the tagline "Unite the Seven" would have been fulfilled in Snyder's cut.
    • Robin Wright is credited, and Antiope doesn't appear save for maybe a split-second shot during the charge against Steppenwolf in ancient times. Cinematographer Fabian Wagner shared a behind-the-scenes photo in which Wright rides a green horse mockup (for CGI) alongside Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta) and another Amazon.
    • David Thewlis (Ares) is credited, but he doesn't appear either. Ares still appears, played by bodybuilder Nick McKinless during the brief (as in, truncated from the original version) ancient battle scene.
    • Ryan Choi aka The Atom was supposed to appear in at least one deleted S.T.A.R. Labs scene, portrayed by Ryan Zheng. Zack Snyder posted a set photo on Vero and confirmed it was indeed him. Choi's name still appears in the film as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
    • Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen from the Christopher Reeve Superman movies) was supposed to have a Remake Cameo as a cop during the Superman vs Justice League fight after Superman's resurrection. A part of it is visible in a Missing Trailer Scene.
    • Kevin Costner apparently had a scene as another vision Clark had of Pa Kent, and it was cut as well.
    • Jor-El was to appear as well.
    • Among other rumored deleted characters, there's Tomar-Re and Kilowog.
  • Deleted Scenes: A pretty sizeable number of scenes that were filmed by Zack Snyder have been scrapped when the film was modified in post-production under Joss Whedon, including the Missing Trailer Scenes below. Some scenes have been replaced by Whedon's reshoots also, to "brighten" them as much as possible and insert his dialogues (or, as some speculate, to try having Whedon get a director credit per DGA rules like Richard Lester had when he took over Superman II — it didn't happen here). The theatrical film lasts 120 minutes, the unreleased Director's Cut of Snyder has been confirmed to last a whopping 214 minutes.
    • One of these shows Clark returning to the Kryptonian ship, finding two new suits there: the long awaited black suit and a Kryptonian space suit similar to the ones worn by Zod and his crew when they explored abandoned Kryptonian outposts in Man of Steel.
    • One other is one of the Missing Trailer Scenes, specifically the most speculated upon trailer bit with a glass and water effect ala Jurassic Park and where Alfred greets someone with "they said you would come, now let's hope you're not too late". It confirms it was Superman coming to him all along.
    • A scene with Barry Allen saving Iris West from a car accident was leaked, and had unfinished special effects. The part with Barry destroying a window with the tip of his finger at high speed is a Missing Trailer Scene.
      • Zack Snyder later shared a screenshot of a scene between Barry and Iris, with the comment "Cute couple".
    • Victor Stone/Cyborg's backstory, including a football match before the accident that crippled him. It briefly appears as a Missing Trailer Scene, a VFX company released a few seconds of it (including Victor's mother Elinore crying of joy when he scores a victory for the GCU team) and there are set photos.
    • Victor/Cyborg projecting himself in a Nazi Germany setting in virtual reality, exploring it using a recreation of his bygone human body wearing his Gotham City University jacket. Again, some parts are Missing Trailer Scenes.
    • Victor/Cyborg digging at a "family plot" (his family's?). Zack Snyder shared a screenshot of the scene on Vero, and cinematographer Fabian Wagner followed suit with a behind-the-scene photo of it on Instagram.
    • A Parademon landing outside the Stone family's apartment, with Cyborg hiding from it.
    • Another leaked scene with unfinished special effects shows Cyborg learning to fly on a rooftop.
    • The unearthing of Superman was reshot. The scene as originally shot included Wonder Woman and Aquaman in addition to Flash and Cyborg, and judging by the photo released by Zack Snyder on his Vero account, it looked more serious and solemn.
      • A leaked scene shows the League carrying Superman's coffin into the Flying Fox and Cyborg turning at the camera.
    • A photo shows Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Flash in a combat-ready stance in what looks like a fight taking place at S.T.A.R. Labs.
    • A behind-the-scene clip shows the League (with Superman, and a clean-shaven Henry Cavill, indicating this was not a reshoot) looking at something that produces lightnings.
    • Jason Momoa confirmed that the present-day parts of Aquaman start where Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League left off. He talked about a scene where Vulko and Mera come to Arthur in Iceland to convince him to return to Atlantis. He refuses, downs a bottle of booze and leaves in the back of a pickup truck.
    • A behind-the-scene shot from the October 2016 wrap-up video shows that there was a scene taking place at Wayne Manor. The "room for more" scene at Wayne Manor from the theatrical is a 2017 reshoot by Joss Whedon.
    • Stuntman Nick McKinless (who played Ares) confirmed that Darkseid led the invasion of Earth in ancient times, and that the Gods of Olympus battled him.
    • Zack Snyder shared photos of a scene in which Silas Stone is disintegrated by the Mother Box, with Cyborg watching helplessly. A shot of it made it to the March 2017 trailer, and is, again, missing.
    • Photos shared by Snyder and Jason Momoa showed that Steppenwolf was initially to be skewered by Aquaman's quindent, then punched by Superman, then decapitated by Diana, with his headless corpse and head being sucked in a Boom-Tube and his head rolling at Darkseid's feet on the other side. When commenting on the scene, Snyder said "I use gods to kill gods". The decapitation was replaced by Superman freezing Steppenwolf's electro-axe in the theatrical version, with Diana smashing the axe to pieces instead of cutting his head off, the Parademons zerg-rushing a frightened Steppenwolf and them all being sucked back to Apokolips via the Boom-Tube.
    • J. K. Simmons (Commissioner James Gordon) confirmed that many of the scenes he shot were not in the theatrically released cut. And he didn't take part to the reshoots.
    • Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf) was disappointed that a large part of his work didn't end up in the theatrical cut.
  • Dueling Works:
    • With Thor: Ragnarok. Both feature superheroes teaming up to save a world from a destructive deity who wears a horned helmet and is hell-bent on dominating said world. Bonus point for coming out just two weeks before Justice League. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rivalry was taken very seriously by the WB corporate executives, who felt that a formerly B-level Marvel character like Thor outperforming a team of DC's A-listers like Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman would be a huge embarrassment. Ragnarok had a significantly better critical reception (92% Rotten Tomatoes score against Justice League's 40%) and box office performance ($853 million worldwide gross against Justice League's $656 million).
    • There's also the Arrowverse crossover: Crisis on Earth-X. The Nazi Regime of Earth-X mounts an attempted invasion of Earth-1 and the heroes of Team Flash, Team Arrow, The Legends, plus heroes from Earth-38 and one hero from Earth-X - the Ray unite to stop them. While the crossover had its own flaws (mainly regarding Romantic Plot Tumor and Ending Aversion), it was overall far better received than Justice League.
    • Netflix released The Punisher (2017) the same weekend, featuring the Breakout Character from the second season of Daredevil.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Jason Momoa dyed part of his hair blonde for his role as Aquaman, and had to spend hours doing the tattoos in his arms. Ultimately, he said it helped him get in the role easier than Ray Fisher's "pajamas" (given most of Cyborg's appearance is digital).
    • While ultimately averted, it was initially thought that J. K. Simmons went through an extensive training routine for what's apparently going to be an incredibly buff Gordon. He later clarified that it was a personal decision made years ago to take better care of himself and not related to his role as Gordon.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Due to the backlash against Batman v. Superman, WB exerted much more control this time. This included a mandatory runtime of under two hours (despite Snyder's previous two DC movies being longer than 2 hours, and such runtime being common in superhero filmsnote ) and making sure that the tone was lighter and less depressing, even though Snyder maintains the latter was always part of his plan. He pointed out that it was always going to be light-hearted since Flash was going to be in the team, although the humor that was eventually added to the film clearly has Joss Whedon's thumbprint.
    • Reshoots were decided upon, and Joss Whedon was hired to write them with Snyder originally said to direct it. But then Snyder pulled out to spend time with his family after the loss of his adopted daughter Autumn, and Whedon directed these reshoots, which were initially reported to be minor but ultimately proved to be extensive. Many scenes of the principal photography were scrapped (including all those featuring Darkseid), most of Superman's and Steppenwolf's scenes are reshoots, the digital colour grading was brightened up, Junkie XL's soundtrack was ditched and replaced by that of Danny Elfman, and additional scenes, mostly close-ups and inserts, were added in.
    • Even the Whedon scenes that stemmed from executive meddling were meddled with. For instance, Whedon had to tweak the Batman scene with Holt McCallany at the beginning because it wasn't serious enough — execs found it too comedic.
  • Executive Veto:
    • Related to the above, Snyder and Chris Terrio had a first version of the script that was deemed "too scary" by studio execs. In Snyder's own words, it was "so crazy that there would have been mass hysteria in the streets" (it mainly concerned the buildup towards the Knightmare of Batman v Superman, which was basically to be How We Got Here over two films and included the murder of Lois Lane by Darkseid, as well as Steppenwolf's design and Darkseid himself). They rewrote it, and principal photography was about that second version of the script. Then there were new exec vetos on what he had filmed (the much-talked about "Snyder Cut"), and the main part of the Troubled Production that resulted in the theatrical cut started there.
    • In his interview at the Justice Con in July 2020, Snyder revealed that studio execs vetoed the use of the black suit for Superman. He complied and shot the scenes with the normal Superman suit, but made sure the suit was made of specific materials and colors so he could easily digitally darken it later in case he was allowed to release a Director's Cut... the rest is history.
  • Fan Nickname: "Josstice League" is used by a number of DCEU fans to deride the changes made by Joss Whedon to the film out of Executive Meddling after Zack Snyder left and better distinguish it from Snyder's version.
  • Follow the Leader: Some of Warner Bros' executives pushed for this movie to be more like The Avengers, allegedly bringing in Avengers director Joss Whedon for rewrites and reshoots.
  • Hostility on the Set: Concerning the 2017 reshoots, both on set and years after they happened. Ray Fisher criticized Joss Whedon on Twitter, saying that his behavior on the set was "abusive and unprofessional". This was backed by Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, and several film crew members. Fisher also criticized Geoff Johns and Jon Berg for allowing Whedon's behavior, and singled out Johns in particular for "making thinly veiled threats" to his [Fisher's] career when they were filming the reshoots in Los Angeles and "belittling and admonishing" him and his agent when they attempted to take their grievances up the proper chain of command. The affair was apparently serious enough for WarnerMedia to conduct an investigation on it. Fisher later elaborated, stating that Whedon, Johns, Berg and producer Toby Emmerich had several non-white actors (Iris West, Elinore Stone, Ryan Choi) deliberately cut and had the complexion of another digitally altered. The latter claims were contested by Whedon's representative.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Fans correctly figured out that once Deathstroke had a diminished role in the Arrowverse, he would be used in the DC Extended Universe instead. However, very few imagined that his debut would be in this movie.
    • Some "Snyder Cut" advocates theorized that Darkseid was replaced by Steppenwolf in the ancient times battle scene of the theatrical version of the film. They were proven correct when the stuntman who played Ares confirmed he and the other Olympian gods originally fought against Darkseid, and when Snyder himself shared a screenshot of Uxas/Darkseid leading the invasion (the very same shot from the theatrical version has Steppenwolf, which means the upper body of Darkseid has been turned into that of Steppenwolf when the movie was reworked) on Father's Day 2019.
    • YouTube channel Comic movie Marks guessed that, instead of destroying Steppenwolf's axe like she does in the theatrical cut, Diana/Wonder Woman decapitates him in Snyder's version of the film. This was proven correct when Snyder shared and unfinished look at the scene in July 2019 and mentioned that she decapitates Steppenwolf and that his head rolls at Darkseid's feet.
    • On October 5, 2019, Snyder shared the storyboard of a scene involving Martian Manhunter, and revealed that he was Calvin Swanwick (Harry Lennix) all along. A number of people theorized this ever since Swanwick appeared in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Jossed:
    • In June 2016, rumors of Justice League being subtitled either United, Angels and Demons, Gods Among Us, or Gods Among Men swiftly spread on various websites. Just hours later, Geoff Johns declared on Twitter that the title is just Justice League.
    • There was some confusion about Justice League Part Two being cancelled after this dropped the Part One subtitle, but later reports clarified that it isn't - both movies are going to be standalone stories instead of one story in two parts, as was widely assumed and reported. Producer Deborah Snyder (Zack's wife) later said the latter option was never actually planned in the first place, suggesting that the "Part 2" label was only there as a formality.
    • It was consistently believed Darkseid would be the Big Bad of the film, but it turns out he will instead be the Greater-Scope Villain to Steppenwolf. However, clear evidence (most of them provided by Zack Snyder himself) that Darkseid was to have a significant role in the film have surfaced since the release. He was entirely scrapped save for a mention of his name in the theatrical cut during the infamous post-production.
    • There was much speculation on the role Michael McElhatton was going to play in the film before its release, the most frequently guessed character being Darkseid. Then it turned out he played an unnamed terrorist leader who wants to blow up the Old Bailey court in London.
    • Back during the filming of Batman v. Superman, an early report stated that Commissioner Gordon was dead in the DCEU. The casting of J.K. Simmons confirmed that this is false, including any assumption that the casting is for flashbacks, as the first official trailer shows Gordon meeting with Batman and the League.
    • Many believed Superman would wear his famous black suit after his resurrection, to the point a How It Should Have Ended parody was so sure of it that it depicted him using it. It didn't happen.
    • Rumors started surfacing after a Mashable article was tweeted alleging that Zack Snyder had been fired as opposed to leaving of his own volition. These rumors have been debunked. He was still actively working on edits until May 2017, and decided to leave when he had the choice between spending much needed time with his family after Autumn's suicide and altering his movie with mandated reshoots and new scenes.
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  • Milestone Celebration: 2017 is the centennial of Jack Kirby's birth, and the New Gods / Fourth World series makes their cinematic premiere in this film (Steppenwolf, the Parademons and the Mother Boxes are all his creations). This would make Justice League (2017) the fifthnote  and last superhero film in the same year to feature Kirby's creations and co-creations, and the only one from DC Comics. Fittingly, the film came out two weeks after Thor: Ragnarok, and Kirby often mentioned that he envisioned the Fourth World as the Spiritual Successor to his work on The Mighty Thor.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: A lot of moments of the trailers didn't make it to the theatrical version. Among these:
    • Bruce and Diana discussing about Aquaman ("More 'more' or more 'less'?").
    • Bruce riding a horse to the remote village where Arthur was staying for the moment.
    • Wonder Woman's bracers' shockwave breaking the windows of the Old Bailey court and policemen and rescue services taking cover.
    • Dialogue between Bruce and Diana: "They said the age of heroes would never come again." "It has to."
    • Bruce looking at a hologram of Superman (or a hologram of Superman's costume).
    • The activation of the Mother Box of the Stone family in their apartment.
    • Shots of Mera moving underwater.
    • Victor Stone before his accident, during a football match and walking in a street with his GCU jacket. The latter is actually part of a Deleted Scene in which Cyborg projects himself in a Nazi Germany setting in virtual reality, using a recreation of his bygone human body to explore it. The trailer itself replaced the Nazi swastika banner with a yellow banner with another symbol.
    • Barry Allen breaking a window with the tip of his finger. (it's part of the Deleted Scene in which he saves Iris West from a car accident)
    • Steppenwolf's "No protectors here. No Lanterns, no Kryptonian" quote.
    • The All Myths Are True moment between Cyborg and Batman ("I'm real when it's useful").
    • Wonder Woman's "We don't engage alone, we do this together!".
    • Batman tossing Aquaman his trident.
    • Cyborg saving a cop by stopping a thrown humvee with his shoulders.
    • Cyborg saving people by blasting debris that were falling on them.
    • Flash making a prayer-like gesture with his hands.
    • The "I'll take that as a yes. The ring." quote between Clark and Lois.
    • Flash using his speed to dodge a Parademon's blaster fire and make the Parademon crash through metal doors.
    • Alfred's "They said you would come. Let's hope you're not too late!" scene.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Ares briefly appears in the flashback showing Steppenwolf's first invasion of Earth, played by bodybuilder and stuntman Nick McKinless. He was played by David Thewlis in Wonder Woman.
    • Yoshimasa Hosoya replaces Chikahiro Kobayashi as the Flash in the Japanese dub.
    • Thierry Desroses replaces Jean-Paul Pitolin as Silas Stone for the French dub.
  • The Other Marty: A non-acting example; Junkie XL was at one point onboard to write and compose the music for the film, having previously worked on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But on June 2017, Danny Elfman was announced to have replaced him as the soundtrack's composer.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • J. K. Simmons, best known for playing the superhero-hating J. Jonah Jameson (as well as voicing the equally-untrusting of superheroes General Wade Eiling), plays the superhero-allied Commissioner Gordon here.
    • While Ciarán Hinds is no stranger to villainous roles, playing Steppenwolf (a motion-capture character in a big-budget superhero movie) is a bit of a different turn for him, given he's mostly known for his work as a character actor on the stage and television.
  • Role Reprise: The Brazilian Portuguese dub has four:
  • Sending Stuff to Save the Show: A rather unusual movie example. A fan movement arose after the theatrical release with the aim of getting Warner Bros. to release a director's cut of Justice League with all the scrapped footage that Zack Snyder filmed and devoid of the infamous Joss Whedon additions. It started with letters and phone calls aimed at Warner Bros executives. Then some fans started a fundraiser and advertisement campaign for the Snyder cut with 50% of the proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that Snyder supports since Autumn's death, and the rest was used to campaign for the cut at the San Diego Comic Con 2019. Further fundraising was used to bring the campaign to Times Square billboards, alongside campaigns to send letters to new Warner Bros CEO Ann Sarnoff. WB initially stayed silent on the matter, but in May 2020, it announced Zack Snyder's Justice League would finally see the light of day on HBO Max in 2021.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Ezra Miller and Billy Crudup are strikingly similar in appearance which makes them very believable as father and son.
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy:
  • Spared by the Cut: Victor and Silas Stone have a Happy Ending in this version, it was part of the Whedon reshoots. In Zack Snyder's Justice League, Silas is disintegrated by the Mother Box he studied.
  • Spoiled by the Merchandise:
    • The first group poster of the entire League with Superman was revealed for movie theater promotions like popcorn buckets (an early group image was shown for Comic Con 2016, but actual posters left him absent).
    • The first images of the Big Bad Steppenwolf were Lego figurines and (accurate) action figures.
    • Averted in one case. The movie's action figure line from Mattel showed Superman wearing a black costume, causing a number of outlets to speculate that Superman would sport his black resurrection outfit from The Death of Superman after his return. In the actual movie, he does not wear a black costume, even after being revived. He does find a black suit in a Deleted Scene, but doesn't put it on.
  • Throw It In!: Aquaman shaking his hair like a surfer after riding a parademon through a building was intended as a joke by Momoa, the "shampoo commercial" take. He was amazed they went with it.
  • Troubled Production:
    • In the wake of the mixed to negative reception to Batman v. Superman, Warner Bros. reorganized the DCEU production team in a major way with the creation of DC Films, tightening their leash on Zack Snyder in an attempt at course correction. And sure enough with the scheduled release date a year and a half later the result was chaotic. The original script was heavily modified so that the Darker and Edgier wouldn't frustrate audiences and critics again, giving up on making a two-parter or major Sequel Hooks and just going for a standalone.
    • Snyder delivered an early cut of the film, but his adopted daughter Autumn had committed suicide shortly after, he worked on his post-production until May then decided to back out of reshoots in England to focus on family. Joss Whedon had already been brought in for rewrites (given he struck gold making the Marvel equivalent), and was instated to direct the reshoots. Some of the new scenes were based on Snyder's observations, but many were designed to both lighten the overall tone and streamline the story to a mandated two-hour runtime.
    • The reshoots were a nightmare of scheduling and development as three of the main actors were busy elsewhere: Ezra Miller in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Jason Momoa in Aquaman and Henry Cavill in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which only made the pick-ups take longer and cost even more money. Cavill's commitment lead to being contractually obligated to keep the moustache he had grown, and in turn forced an infamously botched CGI job to digitally erase that moustache. The movie was being re-written, reshot and changing their FX workflow continually, which became evident in the enormous amount of scenes, sequences and lines of dialogue shown in the trailers but removed from the final movie. Ray Fisher confirmed in 2020 that a mere thirty seconds of his scenes from Snyder's movie made it to the 2017 film, the rest was all Whedon reshoots.
    • The scramble lead to Danny Elfman being hired very late in production and had to get to work just a day after being hired, hastily scoring the film based on storyboards instead of completed footage and preferring to use his own Batman theme and the John Williams Superman: The Movie themes, replacing Junkie XL and the music he was working on based on the scores in prior films.
  • Viral Marketing: This site.
  • Wag the Director: Gal Gadot refused to do the scene where the Flash falls headfirst into Wonder Woman's cleavage, so Joss Whedon filmed it with a stand-in unbeknownst to her.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own section on the DCEU’s page.
  • Word of God: Long before HBO Max made it possible to release it, Zack Snyder confirmed he had a cut of his own for the film, and even "a bunch of them". He shared numerous storyboards, screenshots and story elements of it on the social media Vero since early 2018. It all went on to confirm that the theatrical cut that followed his departure dramatically changed the film and didn't adhere to his style and storytelling, unlike what WB producer Toby Emmerich claimed when the Whedon reshoots started.
  • Word of St. Paul: Storyboard artist Jay Oliva, who's worked on several comic book movies, was the first to openly confirm that a "Snyder Cut" does exist, albeit with several incomplete VFX sequences.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Samantha Jo played Car-Vex, one of the Kryptonian invaders in Man of Steel. She plays the Amazon named Euboea in Wonder Woman and Justice League.
    • The female art thief whose plan Wonder Woman foils was played by Caitlin Burles, who previously portrayed an Amazon in Wonder Woman.

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