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  • Acting in the Dark: Harry Lennix had absolutely no idea that his character was meant to be the Martian Manhunter until it was revealed by Zack Snyder via Vero. This is understandable, given that Snyder didn't originally film the planned cameo with Lennix during principal photography, or the planned reshoots prior to his exit from the movie.
  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Even before there was a script, Ray Fisher was given the opportunity to write elements of his character, Victor Stone/Cyborg, and his family.
      Ray Fisher: I don't praise Chris Terrio and Zack Snyder for simply putting me in Justice League. I praise them for EMPOWERING me (a black man with no film credits to his name) with a seat at the creative table and input on the framing of the Stones before there was even a script!
    • To portray Darkseid, Ray Porter said he drew from his experience with William Shakespeare's plays.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
    • Jared Leto parted ways with DC Films due to the extensive Executive Meddling that considerably reduced the screentime of his character, The Joker, in Suicide Squad. He was then replaced by a Fake Shemp in Birds of Prey. However, he later accepted to appear as the Joker once more in Zack Snyder's Justice League at Snyder's own request. Interviews show that he did so because he loved the idea of working with Snyder (calling him "a warrior", "a madman" in endearing terms), also knowing that the director's creative freedom would be respected this time around, unlike what happened to David Ayer.
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    • Joe Manganiello was in a similar position as Leto above, having admitted to growing disillusioned about playing Deathstroke after multiple projects he'd been tapped to reprise the role in were either cancelled or put in Development Hell. And much like Leto, he got enthusiastic again when Snyder called him up for a do-over.
  • California Doubling: A number of America-set scenes were filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios of Leavesden, Hertfordshire, Southeast England, including the football match between the Gotham City University and a team from Wisconsin.
  • Channel Hop: The film will be released first through HBO Max instead of Warner Bros.' usual distribution assets, although an IMAX release is still being planned.
  • Content Leak:
    • The first bona fide trailer was leaked in HD several hours ahead of its intended debut at DC FanDome on August 22, 2020.
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    • The February 2021 trailer was also leaked about three hours ahead of its intended debut, prompting an early release of it from HBO Max and other official channels. It caused an intended official watch party event with a selected panel of fans to be cancelled.
    • The track "The Crew at Warpower" from the soundtrack by Junkie XL was leaked, then released officially a couple days latter.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • Some media outlets unaware of the extent of the Troubled Production the 2017 theatrical release resulted from mistakenly believed this to be an "extended version" of said movie, with jokes about how the movie will need/get better CGI to conceal Henry Cavill's mustache being not too uncommon (or some not even joking about the movie needing such work). The reality is that there are several key differences in spite of some shared footage common to both iterations, as none of the Whedon-helmed scenes (which were filmed while Cavill had a contractually-obligated mustache for another movie) are being used by Snyder.
      Zack Snyder: (interviewed at Justice Con in July 2020) I would destroy the movie, I would set it on fire before I would use a single frame that I did not photograph. That is a fucking hard fact. I'd literally blow that fucking thing up if I thought for a second!
    • The pretty high cost to finish the film (the $70 million figure that was thrown around) had a number of outlets pretending that Snyder was going to significantly extend the film, or create an entirely new movie instead of finish the one that he started development on in 2016. Then it turned out the additional photography's scenes amount to only four to five minutes. The rest was used to pay the new special effects, the cast of the additional photography and residuals for actors who were cut from the theatrical version.
    • Related to the above, misleading headlines popped up after a series of interviews Snyder gave in mid-November 2020, such as "There will be only four minutes of new footage in Zack Snyder's Justice League". Snyder only talked about four minutes of additional photography. The film will still contain about three hours of never-seen-before footage that was filmed back in 2016.
  • Darkhorse Casting:
  • Direct to Video: The film will premiere on the HBO Max streaming service first, then on physical home video (though an IMAX theatrical release is an option). Other countries may find other ways to receive the film.
  • Doing It for the Art: Snyder declined to get a salary for completing this version of the movie, seeing it as its own reward. The move also apparently allowed him to have more creative freedom on the project than he would have otherwise. Snyder also indicated that a portion of the revenue received by the film will go directly to suicide prevention causes.
    Zack Snyder: It's exciting to get this chance, and I wouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth, and I love working in it, and I'd do it for free — and I am.
  • Dueling Works:
    • Both this film and the MCU's Eternals will come out in 2021 and feature an immortal cosmic race created by Jack Kirby — the New Gods and the Eternals respectively. What's more, it's a match between the poster boys of Alternate Company Equivalent for comics Big Bads, Thanos and Darkseid, since both will have short appearances in their respective film.
    • It comes out just one day before the MCU streaming series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Both are streaming-exclusive installments of their respective franchise, both feature superheroes teaming up (on a lower scale for Falcon and the Winter Soldier) and dealing with threats in the absence of The Cape (Steve Rogers and Superman).
  • Executive Veto: While Snyder requested an opportunity to film new setpieces for this iteration of the movie, HBO Max explicitly declined for budgetary reasons. That said, he was still permitted to do a few pick-ups, such as the ones necessary to include the Martian Manhunter cameo. Later, it seemed that this veto was itself vetoed, and a week or so of additional shooting involving much of the lead cast was permitted by the studio.
  • Fake American: The British Karen Bryson as Elinore Stone.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Due to the film having been called "Justice League: The Snyder Cut" or simply "The Snyder Cut" for a long time, the name still sticks. It wasn't lost on the people behind DC FanDome, and it was kept to entitle the film's panel at that online event, even though the official title is Zack Snyder's Justice League.
    • Martha Kent has been given the nickname of "Martha Manhunter" due the reported new scene where it's revealed that Martian Manhunter impersonates her to talk to Lois Lane, before turning back into Calvin Swanwick.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Zack Snyder spoke of the movie as an Elseworlds story in a way that might imply it's an Alternate Continuity diverging from the timeline of the other DC Extended Universe movies that came after 2017. James Wan and Jason Momoa meanwhile said that Aquaman is canon with Snyder's version of the film, picking up where it left off.
  • In Memoriam: Zack Snyder confirmed that he used Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in the first trailer both as homage to the fans who fought for the film's release and to honor his daughter Autumn, whose death was a major factor in him leaving the film's post-production back in 2017. She loved the song and a cover of it was played at her funeral — with said cover featuring in the film itself alongside a dedication to her. In addition, the film debuts on March 18, 2021 — that's the fourth anniversary of Autumn's passing, minus one day.
  • Jossed:
    • The very existence of a "Snyder Cut" was subject to much debate, with a number of media outlets saying it simply did not exist beyond an unwatchable, no proper FX work, 4 hour cut based solely on the footage filmed in principal photography (when they admitted that most of the principal photography wasn't used in the theatrical version that is, others straight up pretended that all of Snyder's footage was used in the theatrical, which didn't make sense). Conversely, some #ReleaseTheSnyderCut advocates would claim that there was a mostly intact cut of the film that could be presented to the public with little trouble. The truth was somewhere in the middle, although obviously leaned closer to a workable edit Snyder had put together before he left production. Most advocates understood that, but pointed to the plethora of Missing Trailer Scenes, deleted footage from several sources, leaked unfinished FX sequences and eventually Snyder's own pictures on Vero that something HAD to be there. Evidently, critics were forced to admit they were wrong, as even if the project is being reworked, they were adamant that it would never be released.
    • The debate resurfaced several more times as more announcements were made, like additional photography and post-production work amounting to roughly $70 million dollars note  and Jared Leto reprising his Suicide Squad role as Joker despite not having any official ties to the original product. It lead to a lot more debates on how much the original version of the film was actually being finished versus a completely new work, though it has been made clear by the production that the expanded footage was to justify the budget and present the film as something entirely new (compared to the "insert one or two deleted scenes and call it a Director's Cut" type of releases).
  • Meaningful Release Date: The movie releases on March 18, 2021 — a day shy of the fourth anniversary of Autumn Snyder's suicide. Her death is what caused Zack Snyder to leave the film in the first place, and it served as a motivation for him to finish the movie.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: Knightmare Joker pronounces "We live in a society", no doubt referring to the meme since the scenes with Knightmare Joker were filmed exclusively for the Snyder Cut in October of 2020, after the meme saw a spark of life when it was alluded to in Joker.
  • Milestone Celebration: Snyder has indicated that the film is set to start releasing on the fifth anniversary of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It will eventually debut one week before said anniversary.
  • Network to the Rescue: This director's cut came about due to multiple reasons: fans spreading the message #ReleaseTheSnyderCut everywhere possible (including trending on social media, flyers at Comic Cons, and ads on buses, plane banners and even a New York Times Square billboard) since the release of Justice League in November 2017, support from everyone gradually ranging from stunt performers and storyboard artists to the actors and cinematographer (along with sharing deleted content in their possession) and the director himself, and AT&T (Warner Bros.' parent company) as well as HBO Max executives seeing buzzy potential in this version of the film to bolster the latter streaming service without it needing as much work to complete as a typical original series or film, especially since the COVID-19 Pandemic had either halted or slowed down the production of many original shows or films the service badly needs to appeal to customers after its launch. It was Warner Bros. producer Toby Emmerich (who infamously lied about the 2017 theatrical cut adhering to Snyder's style of storytelling) who made the first phone call to Snyder in order to discuss a potential release for the film.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: Back in February 2020 (a few months before the film's announcement), perhaps the most decisive clue that something was going to happen was the fact that Snyder himself launched a fan art contest to design a poster for the film. The winner won a clapperboard with a message on it that allowed him to attend the shooting of new scenes for the film.
  • Role Reprise:
    • Ben Affleck came back as Batman to shoot additional scenes three years after the last time he played the role with the infamous reshoots of the theatrical version. He had announced quitting the role in 2019, though that was at a time few thought that the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League would ever see the light of day.
    • Jared Leto came back as The Joker for such scenes as well, five years after Suicide Squad and after declining to appear in Birds of Prey.
    • As did Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • It took a while for HBO Max to actually call the movie by its official name due to issues with working around trademarks and copyright, although the issue was resolved before it was released.
    • The "Hallelujah" trailer was taken down from official WB and HBO Max-affiliated outlets due to the companies in question not renewing the license to reuse the Leonard Cohen song. The problem was solved a few weeks later and an updated version of this trailer was uploaded back on November 17, 2020, exactly three years after the release of the theatrical cut.
    • It's believed that this is why the series isn't airing as a miniseries as originally planned; the changes in contracts would likely mean that the cast and crew would have to be paid more to recut the finished film instead of something with multiple installments, and Warner Bros. wasn't willing to do that. Snyder got around this issue by having markers for multiple parts of the film, denoting ideal places for viewers to stop and resume watching the film if four hours is too much of an undertaking to watch.
  • Sending Stuff to Save the Show: A fan campaign arose in November 2017, with the goal of having Snyder's original version released when it became clear that the theatrical version had little to do with the director's work bar some action scenes. Following the example of Richard Donner's cut of Superman II, numerous letters were sent at Warner Bros. Along with this, there were phone calls and various actions such as fundraisers and advertisement campaigns with 50% of the proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that Snyder supports since the death of his daughter Autumn, and campaigns at the San Diego Comic Cons of 2018 and 2019. Further fundraising was even used to bring the campaign to Times Square billboards. It ended up a success when Zack Snyder's Justice League was eventually announced for release in 2021.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: Principal photography ended in late 2016 and most of this version of the movie remained unreleased from 2017 to 2021, for various reasons explained in the film's development history page.
  • Spared by the Cut:
    • Inverted with Silas Stone, as his death plays a major role in Cyborg's character arc that was significantly changed in the theatrical version.
    • The Flying Fox survives the climactic battle in this version of the film.
  • Teasing Creator: Since about early 2018, Snyder teased his version of the film with screenshots, behind-the-scenes photos and storyboards on the only social media he uses, Vero. All the screenshots were in black and white until the announcement, where he shifted to colors. Whatever his goal was (likely using the fandom to make enough noise to convince Warner Bros. or its parent company to give it a chance), it eventually paid off.
  • Troubled Production: Although the problems that this iteration of the movie faced pale in comparison to the problems in making the theatrical version (detailed on the dedicated page), there was some difficulty in getting the movie finished due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that the people involved had to work around. The additional photography needed to finish the film, for instance, had to be delayed until the cast and crew could safely assemble for the last few scenes needed to finish the movie. Snyder even directed some pick-up scenes via Zoom.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Warner Bros. originally approached the Snyders with a proposal to release the movie as a workprint to HBO Max. Zack declined, citing issues with the temp score and several unfinished VFX scenes. He subsequently put together a pitch to justify spending tens of millions of dollars to properly finish his iteration of the movie, which eventually succeeded, leading to Zack Snyder's Justice League. Snyder explained his reasoning for rejecting a release of an unfinished film:
      Zack Snyder: I was like, "That's a 'no', that's a hard 'no'." And they're like, "But why? You can just put up the rough cut." I go, "Here's why. Three reasons: One, you get the internet off your back, which is probably your main reason for wanting to do this. Two, you get to feel vindicated for making things right, I guess, on some level. And then three, you get a shitty version of the movie that you can point at and go, 'See? It's not that good anyway. So maybe I was right.'" I was like, "No chance. I would rather just have the Snyder Cut be a mythical unicorn for all time."
    • Snyder had planned for there to be a scene where Batman discovers a Parademon hive gaining new recruits by means of horrific physical transformations. This scene was never filmed at all after being deemed "too disturbing" by executives and was instead replaced by scenes in the flashback showing some unlucky humans being converted into Parademons, which made it into the theatrical version.
    • Another cut made by executives prior to filming was the decision to remove a romantic subplot where Bruce Wayne falls in love with Lois Lane, which according to Snyder would have led into the former's decision to try to assemble the team and resurrect Superman. Wayne's feelings were seemingly unrequited.
    • Prior to the rewrites on the film (which gave the movie an ending montage close to what was shown in the theatrical version), the movie was set to end on a bleak Cliffhanger to set up the next film, in a manner not entirely dissimilar to what Marvel Studios would do with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. In this ending, Darkseid would have taken over the Earth, killed Wonder Woman and Aquaman, forced Superman past the Despair Event Horizon by killing Lois and framing her murder on Batman, and then use the Anti-Life Equation to turn him into his new Dragon. Only Batman, Flash, and a mutilated Cyborg would survive to lead a resistance and find a way to undo the damage. The intention was to use these scenes to resolve everything around the Knightmare sequence from the previous film, as well as serve as a clear Sequel Hook for the finale.
    • Had that version of the movie received sequels, then several of the cliffhanger ending's story elements were planned to be reintegrated into the end of the second film of the trilogy (which involved the Justice League launching an invasion on Apokolips that goes horribly wrong, leading into the Downer Ending described above) and the third (which involved both an Injustice-style conflict in the Bad Future before leading into a time-travel plot to unite a larger version of the team to fight Darkseid prior to his invasion). Looking closely at the Knightmare footage in the trailer, Wonder Woman and Aquaman's weapons can be seen in the rubble, indicating that some version of this idea still factors into the story in spite of not being the ending of the film. It should be noted that this initial story plan was based around a four-part series before Snyder bumped it up to a five-part series, hence why it was shoved out of Justice League and was instead reconfigured for a sequel treatment. In the five-part plan, the scene was originally included as a short epilogue set five years later, showcasing Batman, Flash, and Cyborg in the post-apocalyptic landscape.
    • The Joker was not originally supposed to appear in his Justice League cut, but Snyder got the idea to include him after Warner Bros. and HBO Max gave green light to the project.
    • Scott Snyder was asked to help with an adaptation and expansion of the film in comic book form, but declined due to scheduling conflicts.
    • Zack Snyder initially planned to release the movie as a four-part miniseries, complete with Cliffhanger segments for each part, but instead decided to release the movie as a film with six "chapters" and an epilogue as originally planned. Snyder indicated that the latter was his personal preference.
    • HBO Max and WarnerMedia's other labels originally planned to have a staggered international release for the film, but pressure from fans and Snyder convinced them to have a day-and-date release for most territories (aside from France, Japan, and China, which still have to have their release dates and platforms figured out).
  • Word of God: Prior to HBO Max picking up the project, most of what people knew about this version of the movie came from Zack Snyder himself. Using the social media platform Vero, Snyder shared what his overall plans were for the original movie (and potential sequels) in bits and pieces, confirming which parts of the movie were his and answering questions left unanswered altogether. More specifically, he confirmed that Darkseid (or pre-godhood Uxas) was the primary antagonist in the "history lesson" flashback, rather than Steppenwolf, and that Aquaman and Wonder Woman killed Steppenwolf by impaling and beheading him, tied the resurgence of the Motherboxes to the deaths of Superman and Doomsday, and that Martian Manhunter was intended to be revealed as Swanwick. This, in turn, meant that many of the differences were pretty well known among fans and web outlets who did their research, long before the Director's Cut was formally announced.
  • Working Title: "Project 166" is used to refer to the movie by its crew as it's being worked on for the 2021 release.


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