Justice League has now hit the theatres and the reactions from the fans are amazing. The movie is really great according to the fans and each and every moviegoer whether he/she is a comic book fan or not is coming out having a good time watching the movie. The critics, on the other hand, are still following the same trend that they were with pre-Wonder Woman DC movies. The Rotten Tomatoes score for the movie currently stands at 37%.
DC have suffered a lot due to the harsh reviews of the critics which has led to a backlash from the fans as well. But this time around, it seems like Justice League will not suffer from that as the fans are totally loving the movie.
But there is still one thing about the movie that feels very bad being a fan as well, which is similar to the previous movies like Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad- They shot 4 hours’ worth of movie and a lot of stuff ended up being slashed out of the movie.
Earlier there had been a rumor going around about the runtime of the Justice League movie. Some sources said it that it was about 180 minutes, some claimed that it was about 145 minutes. Well, recently the runtime was confirmed and now the movie is officially 121 minutes i.e. 2 hours and 1 minute. That means excluding the credits and everything, the movie was only about 1 hour and 50 minutes long.
WB had ordered Joss Whedon to keep the movie about 2 hours exactly and this is why a lot of material that was shot was taken off.
As we all know there were two post-credit scenes in the movie, but originally one of those scenes was actually very different.
One of the visual effects artist from the Wonder Woman movie named LDN_Film answered some of the questions about Justice League on Reddit. Among many topics, there was this topic about the original post credit scenes which featured Green Lantern. On which he said:
“The original after credit scene that was shot in principal photography was Bruce being woken in the night in his lake house by a green light and being visited by Tomar Re and Kilowog. It was cut fairly early on during post.”
Apart from this post-credit scene, multiple scenes were also cut from the movie. A Vimeo user uploaded six deleted scenes from the movie which didn’t make it to the theatrical run. One of those scenes showed Keirsey Clemons’ cameo as Iris West who was saved by Barry from a deadly car accident.
The rest five scenes include Cyborg. One showed him learning how to fly, another scene showed him analyzing a weapon’s data, in one scene he was shown approaching to a Nazi base, another one in the Kryptonian ship and the last one showed him controlling hundreds of missiles just like Magneto did in X-Men: First Class.
Earlier, it was revealed by Jason Momoa that there was one more character that was supposed to be in the movie but was cut off. It was Nuidis Vulko, which was played by Willem Dafoe. Jason Momoa revealed why he was cut from the movie. He said:
“There’s a place where [Aquaman] goes down to, and it got cut out of the movie,” Momoa said. “He knows spots where he can go and he can see these statues, the remnants of [Atlantis]. There’s Vulko–obviously, we’ll have way more scenes with Vulko, Willem Dafoe–in [the 2018 standalone] Aquaman. There just wasn’t enough time in this movie.”
Comic book fans know Nuidis Vulko is to the Aquaman mythos, and Momoa revealed the role he will play in the film universe’s future King of Atlantis.
“Vulko’s his connection to Atlantis,” Momoa said. “I think what Zack [Snyder] and I did, we were kind of trying to establish that he was taken down there as a boy, and he was an outcast, he was a half-breed, and he was built up as a young boy, because he was fed all these ideas by Vulko–that he was the rightful king. And he gets down there, and he’s a half breed, he’s impure, and I’m just made to feel like I’m this disease. So after that, I was like, ‘f*** you, f*** you, I’m on my own.'”
That’s one of the reasons why Aquaman resents Atlanteans so much, and this was something that fans noticed in his brief appearance in Atlantis.
“He hates Atlanteans, he cannot stand being on land. He just–he’s stuck in the tide. That’s what Zack wanted,” Momoa continued. “He was a blue collar worker. The guy worked in very lonely places, on oil rigs, he’d weld, and he could just be in peace, and he could exist on there and no one would know his secret. But there’s things where ships went down and he couldn’t save enough people, and he lost friends. The humanity side of him can’t deal with this power that he doesn’t know how to control yet.”
But alas, none of these scenes were in the theatrical cut of the Justice League movie and as the movie nears its home video release, we expect more deleted scenes surfacing. Fans are looking forward to the extended edition of the movie that might include all these deleted scenes but they have to wait for some time.