Justice League is out on DVD/Blu-ray today and it’s a must-have for any fan of the DCEU.
Let’s get this out of the way early: this is not the fabled “Snyder cut” of Justice League.
That extended edition of the movie, which was apparently edited by Zack Snyder and hews most closely to his vision, is not present on this DVD. Now whether it’s not on this DVD because it never existed, or because WB has hatched some sort of nefarious plot that involves them not making as much money as possible, I can’t tell you.
But I can tell you this — Snyder cut or no, if you’re a fan of DC, the DCEU and/or the Justice League, then this is definitely a DVD/Blu-ray that deserves to be in your collection.
About ‘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 metahumans 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.
‘Justice League’ DVD/Blu-ray review
I’ve watched Justice League five times — four in theaters and once when I got this DVD.
And while there are definitely things I would’ve changed about it, I still stand firm on my initial opinion of the film when I saw it the first time: It reminds me of the very best episodes of Justice League Unlimited and succeeds in how it handles the characters, both their individual arcs and the team dynamics.
Of course, I have misgivings about the film. I had them when I first watched it and as more and more of the behind-the-scenes drama came to light in the weeks that followed the film’s release, I found myself agreeing with some of the common criticisms of the film from DC fans — though admittedly not with the intensity (and sometimes straight up vitriol) of many out there in the world of Twitter.
So, yes, I do wish that the studio hadn’t meddled with Zack Snyder’s original vision. I do wish that the movie hadn’t been forced down to a two-hour run-time. I wish we could’ve spent more time with The Flash and Cyborg especially, who feels like he suffered the most from the shortened run-time.
And if that magical Snyder cut ever gets released, please know that I will be snatching it up immediately.
But whether it does or doesn’t, I’ll still be glad to own this DVD/Blu-ray version of the film.
First of all, because I love being able to watch all my favorite scenes — the fight at Heroes Park, the return to Themyscira, when Aquaman accidentally sits on the lasso of truth — in glorious high definition. But secondly because for a DC fan and all-around special features nerd like me, the bonus features are just a lot of fun to watch.
They are as follows:
Road to Justice
Comic book writers Grant Morrison, Dan Didio, Bruce Timm and Jim Lee — among others — explore over 50 years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut.
If you’ve been a fan of comics for a while, this won’t yield any new information, but it was super interesting to hear these major writers of JL comics talk about the history of the team, its importance and the different ways they’ve approached it over the years.
Heart of Justice
The cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.
I could watch Gal Gadot talk about the importance of Wonder Woman for a full two hours and still want more, so this was a favorite of mine. It was also really interesting to hear both from writers, crew and cast about what the Trinity represents to them. I’d really have liked to see Zack Snyder here, but he’s actually not present on any of the extras except when he’s directing, which is a bummer.
Technology of the Justice League
From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.
Admittedly one of my least favorite of the special features, but only because I’m not all that interested in tech. Still, a fun watch to see all the different pieces created for the movie.
Justice League: The New Heroes
Ray Fisher introduces us to the origins of Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg, and we hear from the actors themselves what it’s like to bring these newer members of the Justice League to the big screen.
I know we talk a lot about what a breakout star Ezra Miller’s The Flash was — and for good reason — but Ray Fisher’s Cyborg likewise deserves credit and attention for bringing depth and emotion to an obscure character and making us want to learn more. This feature was my favorite, simply because Ray Fisher is so genuinely enthusiastic about the film and is just a really charismatic actor overall, so it was fun to watch him intro the newer members and to hear from him, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa about what it was like to be Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman.
The Return of Superman
There are two bonus scenes here (available only on the Blu-ray version). The first is of Superman walking through the Kryptonian ship and bypassing an exo-suit and the iconic black Superman suit (a shout-out to the one he wore when returned from the dead in the comics).
The second involves a newly suited up Superman meeting Alfred in what we assume is a scene that takes place right before he joins the fray against Steppenwolf. We actually saw some of the Alfred parts of this scene in the last trailer, but it was great to see it in its entirety.
I feel two ways about these cut scenes: one, I’m glad that we got to see them. They’re clearly 100% Zack Snyder scenes and I loved everything about them — the visuals, the pacing, the music (I love that Superman theme from Man of Steel); two, I’m bitter that this is all we got. Whereas both Batman vs. Superman and Wonder Woman gave us plenty of never-before-seen footage, the Justice League DVD only gives us these two extras.
Steppenwolf the Conqueror
Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind’s ancient enemy and the Justice League’s greatest challenge.
Probably my least favorite, given that I didn’t think Steppenwolf was that great of a villain. The filmmakers also spend quite a bit of time talking about Darkseid, which is weird given how he was only mentioned once the entire film. It definitely makes it seem as though there was a bigger plan for Darkseid originally than what we saw in the theatrical release.
Suit Up: The Look of the League
Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC’s iconic heroes.
Honestly, other than the deleted scenes, this is the feature I enjoyed the most. I always love seeing the process of creating costumes — whether it be for contemporary films, period pieces or superhero flicks — and having Wilkinson walk us through the entire process of creating pieces for my favorite superheroes was an absolute joy.
The cast, crew and visual effects people walk us through some of the best scenes of the movie and how they come together. Really cool stuff for anyone interested in the process of filmmaking, or anyone who wants to see how badass the Amazons/Gal Gadot are or see a lot of shirtless Henry Cavill. The scenes you get to see are:
- Revisiting the Amazons
- Wonder Woman’s Rescue
- Heroes Park
- The Tunnel Battle
Justice League on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD is out now!