‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Dominates Disc Sales

Zack Snyder’s Justice League easily took the top spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 11.

The four-hour director’s cut of the 2017 superhero team-up Justice League, distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, outsold the No. 2 title by a 5-to-1 margin.

Snyder’s re-edited and extended version of the DC Comics adaptation, which he couldn’t finish in 2017, serves as the sequel to his 2013 film Man of Steel and its 2016 follow-up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and was first released on the HBO Max streaming service in March.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 75% of Zack Snyder’s Justice League first-week unit sales, with 38% of its total tally coming specifically from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (meaning 37% was regular Blu-ray and 25% was DVD).

A trilogy collection of all three of Snyder’s DC films was No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The previous week’s top overall disc seller, Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, dropped to No. 2 on the overall chart. The third “Conjuring” movie was down one spot on the Blu-ray Disc chart to No. 4.

Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard was the No. 3 overall disc seller and the No. 2 Blu-ray.

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The No. 2 Blu-ray was Universal Pictures’ 1982 sci-fi horror movie The Thing, from director John Carpenter, which got a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. It was the No. 10 overall disc seller, with 95% of its total unit sales coming from the new 4K edition (3% of its total was from the regular Blu-ray).

The No. 4 overall disc, and No. 6 Blu-ray, was DreamWorks Animation’s Spirit Untamed, from Universal Pictures.

Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 was No. 2 on the overall disc chart, and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, which had been the top Blu-ray the previous week. It dropped five spots to No. 11 overall.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended Sept. 12 had Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard at No. 1 for the fourth straight week, with Peter Rabbit 2 repeating at No. 2, and Conjuring 3 holding at No. 3.

The No. 4 and No. 5 rentals were a pair of newly released crime thrillers, Lionsgate’s The Gateway and Quiver’s The Girl Who Got Away, respectively.

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Warner;
Action;
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for violence and some language.

Stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Diane Lane, Harry Lennix, Billy Crudup, Willem Dafoe, Joe Morton, Kiersey Clemons, Jared Leto, Jesse Eisenberg, Joe Manganiello, Peter Guinness, Ray Porter, Ciaran Hinds.

The 2017 theatrical version of Justice League foisted upon audiences was undoubtedly a compromised film, the result of a now infamous clash between creative vision and studio sensibilities.

Warner Bros., having been lapped in the superhero shared universe race several times over by rival Marvel, was looking to catch up quickly with its own DC Comics-based franchise. But the studio lost faith in director Zack Snyder, whose efforts in building the universe from the ground up — 2013’s Man of Steel and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — were met with mixed reaction at best. The studio brought in Avengers director Joss Whedon to help “guide” Snyder in completing the third installment of his trilogy, Justice League, which would see Batman and Wonder Woman recruit additional superheroes to help fight an alien invasion.

Snyder, wary of the studio’s attempts to rein him in, ultimately left the film following the death of his daughter — to whom the new longer cut is dedicated.

Whedon, under a mandate to deliver a taut, two-hour action film, re-wrote Chris Terrio’s screenplay and oversaw extensive reshoots that it is clear now were intended to bridge story points between the action scenes that Snyder had shot. Whedon, known for infusing his projects with witty banter and offbeat humor, also added levity to Justice League to the point where it was much lighter in tone compared with the world established in Snyder’s earlier films. Whedon’s version ultimately did the job of telling the story it needed to, but didn’t satisfy many viewers who had bigger expectations based on what had come before.

And thus, the “Release the Snyder Cut” movement was born, fueled by rumors that the studio was sitting on a longer version of the film turned in by Snyder before he left. While Snyder had created a rough cut of the film before most of the visual effects were completed, the so-called “Snyder Cut” of Justice League was hardly in a state to be seen by the public, and thus its release was little more than a pipe dream without a studio willing to dedicate the resources to finish an alternate cut of a film it had already wrote off.

Then came the deep pockets of HBO Max, the new streaming service from Warner’s parent company, which had not only the deep pockets to finish the Snyder Cut, but also the desire to cash in on the hype surrounding it. The cost to complete Snyder’s version was reportedly north of $70 million (the 2017 theatrical release earned $657.9 million globally against a budget that ballooned to $300 million).

The obvious parallel here is with the Richard Donner cut of Superman II, but the Snyder Cut make that project seem like a lark.

Snyder’s four-hour director’s cut of Justice League plays like a completely different film, treating the story like the epic the theatrical version showed little interest in being.

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Now, admittedly, it’s unlikely that this version of the film, absent studio meddling, would have seen the inside of theaters back in the day either. For starters, a four-hour superhero movie based on Snyder’s take on the characters would have been a big ask of the audience, and he surely would have trimmed it to something in the range of two-and-a-half to three hours, just like he did with BvS (with the longer, better cut available on home video). Certainly, there are several scenes in Snyder’s Justice League that will give it a reputation for indulgence but could easily be cut for a theatrical release, but play better in a streaming format where binging serialized TV shows for six, seven, eight hours at a time (with breaks here and there) is commonplace.

Indeed, the original plan for Snyder’s Justice League was to present it as several episodes, like a TV show, but vagaries in Hollywood contract law supposedly led to the decision to deliver it as a single movie, albeit segmented into six succinctly labeled chapters and an epilogue.

Regardless, the film flows just fine even at four hours, and there is no confusion about what is happening or why the characters are motivated to do what they do. Snyder’s vision is to present the superheroes of today as the modern extension of the legends of old, drawing a direct line between classic mythology and their comic book counterparts.

The big beneficiary of all this is Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, who is given a fully fleshed out backstory that is barely touched upon in the theatrical cut, as well as a full character arc as he learns to accept and understand his powers.

Of course, if Warner had been patient enough to follow Marvel’s formula, Cyborg likely would have gotten his own origin movie before this, negating the need to devote so much screen time to it here. But that’s neither here nor there at this point.

The Snyder Cut is revelatory when compared with the Whedon Cut, which replaced a number of scenes with reshot versions that were similar but not as good, probably to add more of that Whedonesque humor. Fantastic scenes of endearing character interactions that would have added depth and meaning were removed entirely. Instead, Whedon added scenes showing a family imperiled by Steppenwolf’s plan who had to be saved by the League in the final battle. There’s no distracting family in the Snyder Cut, which instead takes the opportunity to foreshadow storylines that were intended for future sequels.

Another change Snyder made was reverting to the musical score by Tom Holkenborg, who continues the musical style established in Snyder’s previous entries. Whedon had replaced it with a more conventional but still serviceable score by Danny Elfman, who reused a number of more iconic themes for the characters from earlier franchises that played on audience nostalgia for the characters as a way to shortcut any development of them as specific to the Snyderverse.

Also, since he’s using his original footage and ignoring the reshoots, Snyder didn’t have to use digital effects to remove the mustache Henry Cavill couldn’t shave off while filming Mission: Impossible — Fallout, famously leading to his awkward-looking mouth in the 2017 version.

Another advantage Snyder’s cut has is that we’ve gotten to explore the DC universe a bit more since 2017, most notably with the 2018 Aquaman movie that really fleshed out Jason Momoa’s character and backstory, and gels nicely with his development here.

Snyder also took the opportunity to fix his presentation of the films’ villains. The CGI for the primary antagonist, Steppenwolf, has been reworked to be much more menacing and looks a lot better. Snyder also gives the audience a chance to see Darkseid, the legendary DC comics warlord who serves as Steppenwolf’s master and was reduced to just one mention of his name in Whedon’s cut.

Steppenwolf’s plan, as in the theatrical cut, is to collect the three “Mother Boxes” on Earth that when united will allow him to re-create Darkseid’s homeworld of Apokolips on Earth. The Mother Boxes were left behind when Darkseid’s first invasion of Earth was repelled thousands of years earlier, and thought lost until Superman’s death at the end of BvS caused them to reactivate, drawing Steppenwolf to them.

We also get an expansion of the nightmare future hinted at in BvS, in which Batman leads a rebellion against a Superman who has become a tyrant ruling over the wasteland Earth has become as a result of Darkseid’s invasion. This particularly impacts the scene of Superman’s resurrection, which plays very differently now that we have the expanded context behind it. Rather than Superman’s revival serving as another plot device in the battle against Steppenwolf, here it is re-framed as a complex ethical question about whether bringing Superman back to life in order to win the battle of today will ultimately lead to the very dystopia his resurrection is meant to prevent — and whether Batman’s desire to atone for his guilt over Superman’s death in BvS is blinding him to this potential outcome.

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Snyder presents his version in the 4:3 format most viewers will associate with the standard square ratio of classic non-widescreen TVs. That means vertical black bars to the right and left of the movie. While this might look odd to viewers accustomed to widescreen, Snyder’s framing actually presents more of the image as originally filmed. The square frame was chosen with Imax exhibitions in mind, since true Imax screens are higher than a typical theater. A standard “widescreen” print of the film is then made by cropping from the top and bottom of the picture. By eschewing this process, Snyder is instead offering us everything in the frame he shot.

Time will tell if we get any follow-ups to plot points developed in Snyder’s Cut that otherwise fell by the wayside in Warner’s DC universe. But even if we don’t the complete Snyder Cut on its own is a triumph of a filmmaker’s singular vision, and the story surrounding it a fascinating glimpse into the process of the Hollywood machine and the often-conflicting instincts of those in charge of it.

The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc versions offer the film spread over two discs. The first disc of both the 4K and regular Blu-ray versions contains the set’s lone extra: a 24-minute featurette of Snyder reflecting on his experience making his trilogy of superhero movies, and the fan effort to bring it to fruition with his vision of Justice League.

Also, the discs do not include a code for a digital copy of the film, so the digital version remains exclusive to HBO Max. The disc does include an insert with an ad touting HBO Max and the black-and-white version of the movie, Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Justice Is Gray.

Originally published as a streaming review March 18, 2021.

Zack Snyder to Direct Sci-fi Adventure ‘Rebel Moon’ for Netflix

Zack Snyder will direct the upcoming sci-fi adventure Rebel Moon for Netflix from a script written by Snyder, Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad.

In the film, when a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius, they dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them take a stand.

This marks the fifth collaboration with Netflix and Shay Hatten, who previously wrote Netflix’s Army of the Dead with Zack Snyder, and three upcoming films, the German-language prequel Army of Thieves starring and directed by Matthias Schweighöfer, anime spin-off Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas, and the vampire-hunting film Day Shift starring Jamie Foxx.

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Producers on the film are Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller and Zack Snyder for The Stone Quarry; and Eric Newman for Grand Electric. Executive  producer is Sarah Bowen for Grand Electric.

This marks a reunion for Newman, Snyder and Netflix’s Scott Stuber. Newman drafted Snyder to direct his first film, Dawn of the Dead, in 2004. Stuber oversaw that film in his then role of vice-chairman of Universal.

The film continues Netflix’s relationship with the Snyders and Stone Quarry who just produced zombie thriller Army of the Dead. The film, helmed by Snyder, is one of Netflix’s top 10 most watched films, according to the streamer.

Nielsen: Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Zombie Movie Dominated Weekly Household Streaming Through May 23

Consumers love zombies on TV shows and in the movies. Throw in cult favorite director Zack Snyder, and Netflix had a sure bet with last month’s debut of original movie Army of the Dead.

Nielsen said the ensemble cast-driven movie, spearheaded by former pro wrestler Dave Bautista, generated 913 million minutes of streaming on domestic household TVs for the week of May 17-23.

Army of the Dead beat out Netflix’s previous movie chart topper, Woman in the Window (456 million minutes), starring Amy Adams, in addition to licensed episodes of “NCIS” (690 million minutes across 353 episodes) and Hulu’s season four of original series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” with 516 million minutes across 42 episodes.

“Tale” just edged out “Who Killed Sara?,” with 500 million minutes across 18 episodes.

Source: Nielsen SVOD Content Ratings (Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix), Nielsen National TV Panel, U.S. Viewing through Television.

 

Streamed Movies:

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number

Minutes Streamed (Millions)

1 Netflix Army of the Dead (2021) 1 913
2 Netflix The Woman in the Window 1 456
3 Netflix The Mitchells vs. The Machines 1 401
4 Disney+ Moana 1 177
5 Netflix Sabotage (2014) 1 174
6 Netflix I Am All Girls (2021) 1 144
7 Amazon Without Remorse 1 120
8 Disney+ Frozen II 1 117
9 Disney+ Raya and the Last Dragon 1 115
10 Disney+ Frozen 1 114

Licensed Content:

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes
Streamed (Millions)

1 Netflix “NCIS” 353 690
2 Netflix “Start Up” 31 657
3 Netflix “Criminal Minds” 310 644
4 Netflix “Grey’s Anatomy” 374 575
5 Netflix “Cocomelon” 9 517
6 Netflix “Heartland” 176 378
7 Netflix “Schitt’s Creek” 80 315
8 Netflix “Supernatural” 328 298
9 Netflix “New Girl” 146 258
10 Netflix “Gilmore Girls” 153 221

 

Warner Bros.’ ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Available Worldwide in All Markets on March 18

WarnerMedia Feb. 19 announced that Warner Bros. Pictures’ pending release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be available globally in all markets concurrently with its U.S. March 18 debut on HBO Max.

The feature film will be available in each market via one of the following distribution options: PVOD, PEST, EST, SVOD, TVOD, HBO linear and on HBO Go (in HBO Europe and HBO Asia territories), or via a local TV provider.

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The movie features a team of well-known DC superheroes: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) inspired by Superman (Henry Cavill) and his ally, Diana Prince (Gadot), to fight a new global threat. The 2017 movie, which was finished by director Joss Whedon after Snyder dropped out due to his daughter’s reported suicide, generated $657 million at the global box office.

HBO Max Bows ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Trailer

HBO Max Feb. 13 unveiled the official trailer for Warner Bros.’ pending (March 18) release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League DC superhero movie. The movie features a team of well-known DC superheroes: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller), inspired by Superman (Henry Cavill), to fight a new global threat. The movie, which was originally finished by director Joss Whedon after Snyder dropped out due to his daughter’s suicide, generated $657 million at the global box office.

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Cult fans of the franchise contended Whedon’s take on the movie was different than the tone established by Snyder in precursor films Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). With fans clamoring to see Snyder’s intended version of the film, WarnerMedia jumped at the marketing opportunity.

WarnerMedia also bowed a dedicated microsite with the latest news, trailers and activities around the movie.

Director Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ Movie Cut Streaming on HBO Max March 18

HBO Max will stream director Zack Snyder’s highly-anticipated personal cut of 2017 DC Comics superhero movie Justice League beginning March 18, according to WarnerMedia, which announced the release date Jan. 29.

Justice League features a team of well-known DC superheroes: Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) inspired by Superman (Henry Cavill) and his ally, Diana Prince (Gadot), to fight a new global threat. The movie, which was finished by Joss Whedon after Snyder dropped out due to his daughter’s reported suicide, generated $657 million at the global box office.

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Cult fans of the franchise contended Whedon’s take on the superhero ensemble was different in tone than Snyder’s original. When speculation of a “Snyder Cut” of the movie emerged, WarnerMedia jumped at the marketing opportunity.

“I just was kind of done with [the movie],” Snyder told CinemaBlend. “I was in this place of [knowing] my family needs me more than this bullshit, and I just need to honor them and do the best I can to heal that world. I had no energy to fight [the studio], and fight for [the movie]. Literally, zero energy for that.”

Dubbed Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the new cut will be rated ‘R’ and run as a four-hour movie. When announced last year Snyder originally said it would be presented in four hourlong installments.

Concurrently with the premiere on Max in the U.S., the movie will be available on HBO services in Europe across the Nordics, Central Europe, Spain, and Portugal as well as on the HBO GO service in Asia. In Latin America, the title will premiere exclusively on HBO Max when the service launches in the region later this year.

Epic ‘300’ Returns Home in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that 300, filmmaker Zack Snyder’s 2006 action film set during the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 B.C., will be released Oct. 6 in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc combo pack at a suggested retail price of $24.99.

The film, based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, will also be available in 4K through digital retailers on that day.

The movie derives its name from the 300 Spartan warriors led by the heroic King Leonidas who challenged Xerxes and his massive Persian army at the ancient Battle of Thermopylae.  Facing insurmountable odds, they fought to the death to defend their honor and freedom, inspiring all of Greece to unite against the enemy.

300 earned $210.6 million in North American theaters, with a worldwide box office gross of $456 million.

The combo pack includes a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with the film in 4K with HDR as well as a regular Blu-ray Disc of 300. The Blu-ray Disc will include more than three hours of previously released special features, including commentary from Zack Snyder. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos-enabled AV receiver and additional speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar, are required. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

HBO Max to Release Zack Synder’s Director’s Cut of ‘Justice League’ in 2021

In a move to energize fans of DC Comics and the pending May 27 launch of HBO Max, WarnerMedia May 20 revealed it would stream director Zack Synder’s highly coveted director’s cut of Justice League in 2021.

Snyder disclosed the news this morning during a live online commentary of his pending movie, Man of Steel with Henry Cavill. #ReleaseTheSnyderCut first became a social media cause among fans in 2017 and has not let up among cinephiles and comic book fans.

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“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” Snyder said in a statement. “Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes.”

Originally released in 2017, Justice League features a team of well-known superheroes (Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash) inspired by Superman and his ally, Diana Prince, to fight a new global threat. The movie generated $657 million at the global box office.

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Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, and president of TNT, TBS and truTV, said Synder’s cut of the Justice League wouldn’t have happened without the combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures.

“When Zack and Debbie shared the extraordinary vision of where Zack wanted to take Justice League, my team and our counterparts at Warner Bros. took it as a mission to solve the many issues that stood in the way,” Reilly said in a statement. “Thanks to the partnership at Warner Bros. and the relentless pursuit of the entire WarnerMax team we are able to deliver this incredibly exciting moment for Zack, the fans and HBO Max.”

Justice League

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street 3/13/18;
Warner;
Action;
Box Office $229.01 million;
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 3D BD, $44.95 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Connie Nielsen, Diane Lane, Billy Crudup, Ciaran Hinds.

As a movie, Justice League is a perfectly fine, entertaining superhero adventure, in which Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit a handful of superheroes to fight an alien invasion. Except, you just can’t shake the feeling that it could have been so much more.

This was supposed to be the DC Comics version of Marvel Studios’ The Avengers, with the greatest superheroes of all time finally coming together on the big screen. But with Marvel’s cinematic universe having such a head start (Black Panther is the 18th MCU film, while Justice League is just the fifth for DC), the DC films creative team took a few creative shortcuts to try to jump-start its mega franchise, mostly by foregoing introductory films for many of the characters and relying on the audience to have built-in knowledge of and nostalgia for who the characters are supposed to be.

In that regard, Justice League is primarily a sequel to 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which introduced Wonder Woman in advance of her own solo film, as well as most of the concepts meant to pay off in Justice League. But when audiences balked at BvS being too long and confusing, the studio allegedly mandated trimming Justice League to a manageable two hours, leaving little room for complex plot dynamics or character development.

So, where the Marvel films have become an intriguing network of interconnected stories and characters that invite and enable audience investment, the DC films have mostly been disposable popcorn entertainment, about as distinct a representation of the characters as any of the direct-to-video animated DC Universe movies, or the multitude of DC-based shows on the CW, which managed to pull off their own mega-crossover shortly after Justice League came out that many fans considered a much better example of how to present a satisfying superhero team-up.

The film itself was vastly overshadowed by rumors of production issues, as director Zack Snyder left the project following a family tragedy, and Avengers director Joss Whedon stepped in to guide re-shoots and post-production. That led to some fans trying to dissect the film to determine who directed what, with most guessing incorrectly. Then, irony of ironies, once the film came out, the fan base that decried Snyder’s vision as having muddled both Man of Steel and BvS suddenly demanded a mythical “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, as if he were suddenly their favorite filmmaker (a dichotomy somewhat echoed by the “Star Wars” fans who hated the unfamiliarity of The Last Jedi after criticizing The Force Awakens for being too familiar).

The Blu-ray offers no hint of whatever behind-the-scenes discord influenced what finally ended up on screen. For what it’s worth, Whedon is never mentioned in the bonus materials, and there’s plenty of footage of Snyder on set and praise from the cast for his direction.

Anyway, the film is fun, flashy and filled with action, though the abundance of CGI makes most of it look like it came from a video game. (I won’t even get into the controversy about Henry Cavill’s moustache grown for Mission: Impossible — Fallout having to be digitally removed because Paramount wouldn’t let him shave it for the JL reshoots.) And there are plenty of moments that comic book fans should enjoy, particularly when it comes to the homages to the classic versions of the characters.

Another highlight is the musical score from Danny Elfman, who mostly abandons the sound from the previous films in favor of something more akin to his traditional filmmusic sensibilities. In this case, that means straight-up re-using his own Batman theme from 1989 and John Williams’ classic Superman theme. Whether it serves the franchise will be open to debate, but it’s certainly helps fuel the nostalgia the film needs for the audience to embrace its version of the characters. (Though for some perspective, there were 21 years between the 1960s Batman show and the 1989 Tim Burton movie where Elfman debuted his theme, and then 25 years between Batman Returns and the theme’s return in Justice League; it’s no surprise some fans might have found it a bit jarring).

On top of all that, Justice League also serves as a decent set-up for the upcoming Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Flash (Ezra Miller) movies, and with a little tweaking to the DC formula a team-up sequel with the same characters and some new additions wouldn’t be unwelcome.

With rumors the film was heavily edited from its original intentions, there has been a lot of speculation about what deleted scenes were out there. Notably, the Justice League home video versions do not include an extended cut of the film, as happened with previous DC entries BvS and Suicide Squad. Instead, the Blu-ray includes just two short deleted scenes, running a total of two minutes, tying into the “Return of Superman” subplot.

The rest of the extras consist of about an hour of behind-the-scenes material, segmented into shorter featurettes. Most interesting for fans of the lore will be the “Road to Justice” featurette that traces some of the history of the characters.