Justice League - The Ultimate Fan Cut

VIDEO DESCRIPTION: "Witness the Ultimate Fan Cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE! Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists newfound ally Diana Prince to face an even greater threat. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to recruit a team to stand against this newly awakened enemy. Despite the formation of an unprecedented league of heroes -- Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash -- it may be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions."
Before you scroll down to read my *SPOILER DESCRIPTION/IMPRESSIONS*, I'll just say IT IS WORTH YOUR TIME - be it as a fan of the original theatrical cut, or am jonezing to re-watch the film out of curiosity's sake, IMHO.

*SPOILER DESCRIPTION/IMPRESSIONS AHEAD - LAST WARNING*

(The opening text explaining the film was pretty helpful in getting viewers up tp speed, IMHO)

As a comicbook fan (both marvel and DC, and most everything in between), I had been grateful for JUSTICE LEAGUE film and appreciated at the very least it's celluloid existence, and enjoyed it for what I was, but admittedly could not fully embrace it.

And while I am no "film critic" (this is after all a "hobby blog"), having seen the trailers and promos, and the final product, I'd hazard to say the filmmakers might've gone "slightly another way" to tell this story.

With the release of the DVD/Blu-ray for Justice League, there was not even a question of "Do I need to see it again?", to which the answer was a resounding now. But to be utterly fair, that had been my same reaction of "The Avengers" and "Age of Ultron", although with slightly different reasons ("It Sucked" versus "I'm Satisfied, But Not Blown Away"), but I digress.

Then entered "Justice League - The Ultimate Fan Cut" caught off the FB stream of a friend only just earlier today, and out of sheer curiosity, I sat thru 2:04:13 of it, and came out smiling in my heart.


Scenes were re-edited and re-positioned (not all of them worked, especially the ending scene with Bruce), while some were completely left out (Superman "interview" at the beginning of the film, with obvious moustache-removal CG-wreck ~ GOOD RIDDANCE!), and a judicious amount of footage from other films - scenes from "Batman v Superman" and "Man of Steel" had been woven into the main J.L.film, as very apt "flashbacks" that really help both tell the story, and remind folks of what had gone on before. I dare say "very TV", but I am utterly fine with that.

The general resulting feeling is that Justice League felt as if it is a continuation of both movies, ala a connected universe, and that, to me, felt was one of the key things lacking in the "original" film. Yes, we all might recognise the characters, but that alone is not enough, and whatever "context" needed for the film to work, hd been seemingly based on the assumption "we" (as the viewer) had watched previous movies, and "know" the characters enough to go for the ride.

This "new" fan edit helped bridge that gap. IMO.

As well the soundtrack had been tweaked, and little flourishes like having the Batman theme played at a specific point (you know where :p), indeed worked wonders to lift up the spirits, versus cringing "Booyah" one-liner attempts at levity (yes, it is unedited).

As well scones which we might have seen before in the various trailers had been edited in, or scenes that have been literally left out (like Clark walking in the Kryptonian ship and seeing his black suit) are in this fan cut.


(Credits and major Kudos to these guys for doing this!)

I am personally interested in seeing a Zack Snyder-cut myself, but in all honesty, it is as possible a notion as having a "Justice League 2" sequel now ... or maybe we'll get to see the Snyder-Cut in a decade' time, when they re-release the Anniversary Edition "celebrating" the film, innit? LOL

Go watch this before it had a chance to be pulled, and enjoy it as much as I had. The film IS salvageable, and this cut proves it, at least to my non-film critic's palatte.

Cheers
Andy

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