Justice League was supposed to be this massive, record-breaking blockbuster that would have set the stage for DCEU to expand and branch out into newer avenues. DC fans after a prolonged losing streak (except Wonder Woman) was banking on the success of JL as it featured some of the most popular and beloved DC superheroes, but it fell way short of expectations. Having said that, there was definitely an improvement from the previous movies.
Justice League was yet another DC movie that was hated by the critics but loved by the fans. It was certainly a step in the right direction as the movie did have heart and humor. The movie got all its characters right and we loved all the character interactions and the action sequences that were there in the movie.
Most fans were happy to see Justice League as it departed from its dark undertones and embraced humor and light plot devices which were really refreshing. Snyder’s original script is way better but due to massive editing and reshoots, the toil and hard work of the graphics team and VFX team did not make it to the final cut. One of the scenes which everyone wanted to see in the movie was donning the Black suit of Superman.
Now WB has fulfilled at least one of our wishes as they have released a deleted scene from Justice League that showcases the Black Superman Suit. We, in fact, get to see 3 suits in this scene and just imagine Superman also has a variety of Suits to wear. Here’s the deleted scene of Justice League. Have a look:
This scene shows Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent aka Superman coming into a Kryptonian ship, and in the background, we can hear the Man of Steel score by Hans Zimmer. As Superman walks forward, different pods open up offering Clark/Kal any of the suits he wants to use. The first Pod that opens up has a Kryptonian War suit which is more like the armor that Zod, Foara, and Jor-EL wore in Man of Steel. Then the second Pod opens up offering an entirely Black suit with a cape and it also has the symbol of ‘Hope’ on its chest piece.Then Clark looks towards the third Pod and considers wearing that one while the scene ends. The third suit wasn’t shown in this scene but this was obviously his regular suit that we have seen him wearing in all three movies.
This scene by the looks of it would have been after when Clark flies off with Lois after fighting the League and takes her to a farm where we also see Martha show up and confronting her son who is back from the dead. This is when Superman decides to go fight against Steppenwolf along with the rest of the League members and goes to the Kryptonian ship to pick up a suit. Then he chooses the third suit as talked above and flies into battle where we see him kicking Steppen Wolf’s butt!
If you look closely in this scene, you can see that Superman’s Lip is not touched by CGI, so this is one of the scenes that was shot by Zack Snyder and would have been in his cut of the movie. So there is, in fact, a Snyder Cut that exists and this more or less finished but surely will not see the light of the day.
But if this scene was shot by Snyder, then we know that he never intended Superman to actually wear the Black suit as there are some scenes in the fight of Justice League V Superman which did not have Superman’s face altered with CGI which means that Snyder shot that fight to happen as well, but some of the scenes were altered and added by Whedon where we can clearly see the CGI face. So, if that scene comes before this scene and later the final fight comes, then Superman would not have worn the Black suit. It was only there to give a nod to the comics and similar was the purpose of the war suit as well.
Until now it was said that a Black Superman suit was never intended for the movie. But in the very early shooting stages of the movie, Henry Cavill teased a Black Fabric which was surely a part of the Black Superman Suit that he might or might not have worn. In the early drafts of the script, he would have worn it for sure because the resurrection of Superman that was shown in this movie was totally different to what was planned as earlier the movie had this whole Darkseid arc where either Darkseid or Steppenwolf resurrect Superman and mind control him to fight the Justice League. Then comes in Lois and Superman starts to remember everything and stops fighting the League.
Honestly, this scene would not have harmed the movie at all. It might have broken the flow just a little but the movie was already thrashed by the critics, so why not add the scene and at least give the fans what they want!
Here are some of the reviews for the movie – the good, the bad, the ugly. Let’s go one by one:
The good by ScreenRant’s Rob Keyes:
“JusticeLeague is my favorite DCEU movie. It will make you love its heroes and want to see them team-up again. The bad: #JusticeLeague rushes through a lot and its main story/lore and villain are rather stripped down and forgettable. The future: #JusticeLeague feels like a new start to the age of heroes and succeeds as a launch platform in that, even though some of its newer characters very much would have benefited from origin stories beforehand.”
The bad by German Lussier of i09:
“Justice League! It’s okay. Narratively it’s a mess, the stakes don’t work & the villain isn’t great. However, the heroes are great, it’s funny, & there’s some surprisingly effective character work. I didn’t love it, but there are enough good pieces to excite me for the future.”
The ugly by Vanity Fair:
“The film is, plainly stated, terrible, and I’m sorry that everyone wasted their time and money making it—and that people are being asked to waste their time and money seeing it. I hate to be so blunt, but it simply must be said this time … I know there’s another comic-book company doing this across town, and it seems to be working out well for them, but if you have no clear sense of how to build one of these franchises in a functional, let alone interesting, way, maybe stop until you do! … It’s rather staggering, how pretty much nothing in the film works, not the semi-reliable old stuff, and certainly not all the new junk they’ve crammed in. Justice League sweatily wants to be both an epic and a romp, but hasn’t the patience to truly be either”.
Justice League was not a smashing hit, but it was much better than what critics think. You should give it a shot. DC Entertainment released two different line of synopsis; one from the point of view of Batman and the next from the point of view of Wonder Woman, read them below:
“In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions”.
“Once again, Wonder Woman must demonstrate her ability as a fierce warrior. Facing a great enemy, she and Batman join forces to recruit a group of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat. Having formed an unprecedented League of heroes, they set out to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”