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Superman vs Justice League

Superman vs Justice League Description

Superman vs Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe and a follow-up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and was directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon who served as co-director, based on a story by Terrio and Snyder.

It features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons. In the film, Batman and Wonder Woman recruit The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg after Superman’s death to save the world from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.

Plans for the film were announced in October 2014, with Snyder on board to direct and Terrio attached to write the script. The film was initially titled Justice League Part One, with a second film (under the name Justice League Part Two) intended to follow in 2019. However, the sequel was indefinitely delayed to accommodate the production of a standalone Batman film starring Affleck. Principal photography took place from April to October 2016.

After Snyder stepped down from the film following the death of his daughter, Whedon was hired to oversee the remainder of post-production, including writing and directing additional scenes. With an estimated production budget of $300 million, Justice League is one of the most expensive films ever made.

Superman vs Justice League premiered in Beijing on October 26, 2017, and was released in the United States in 4DX, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on November 17, 2017. The film grossed over $657 million worldwide against a break-even point of $750 million, becoming a box office disappointment and losing Warner Bros. Pictures an estimated $60 million. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the action sequences and performances (particularly of Gadot and Miller) but criticized the plot, writing, score, pacing, villain, and computer-generated imagery.

Its tone was also met with a polarized reception, with some appreciating the lighter tone compared to previous DCEU films and others finding it inconsistent. In the wake of its release, fans began to push for the release of Snyder’s original version of the film, and in May 2020, Snyder announced that his cut would release on HBO Max as Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2021.

Superman vs Justice League Cast

  • Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman:
  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman:
  • Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman:
  • Ezra Miller as Barry Allen / The Flash:
  • Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman:
  • Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg:
  • Amy Adams as Lois Lane:
  • Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth:
  • Diane Lane as Martha Kent:
  • Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta:
  • J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon:
  • Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf:
  • Amber Heard as Mera:
  • Joe Morton as Silas Stone:

Music

Main article: Superman vs Justice League (soundtrack)

In March 2016, Hans Zimmer, who co-composed the score for Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, stated that he had officially retired from the “superhero business”, though he would later score the 2019 X-Men film X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Junkie XL, who wrote and composed the soundtrack of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Zimmer, was originally scoring the film. In June 2017, Danny Elfman was announced to have controversially replaced Junkie XL. Elfman had previously composed the films Batman and Batman Returns, and the theme music for Batman: The Animated Series. Elfman used the Batman theme music from the 1989 film Batman.

The John Williams’ Superman theme was used during “a dark, twisted moment” in the film, the time when a resurrected Superman vs Justice League. The film features a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” performed by Sigrid, “Icky Thump” performed by the White Stripes, and a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” performed by Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL. WaterTower Music released the soundtrack album digitally on November 10, 2017, with a release of the physical format on December 8.

Release

Superman vs Justice League held its world premiere in Beijing on October 26, 2017, and was theatrically released in North America and elsewhere around the world in standard, RealD 3D, and IMAX on November 17, 2017. Its Japan premiere took place on November 20, 2017 in Tokyo, with only Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher from the main cast attending. In the United States, the film opened to 4,051 theaters in its widest release. Superman vs Justice League was shown in cinemas for 119 days (17 weeks).

Marketing

Superman was intentionally left out on all early Justice League marketing materials, including trailers, clips, and posters, which actor Cavill commented as “ridiculous”. Despite his character being hidden from promotional materials, Cavill still joined the rest of the cast on the film’s press tour. Clark Kent was revealed in a final trailer before the release of the film, but edited in a way that writers felt Lois Lane was dreaming about Clark. Sponsorship and marketing partners of the film included AT&T, Gillette, Mercedes-Benz, and TCL. Later after the film’s release, Superman was finally included in a new alternate version of the theatrical poster.

Home media

Justice League was released on digital download on February 13, 2018, and was released on Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray 3D, 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray, and DVD on March 13, 2018 in various international markets. The Blu-ray features two deleted scenes titled Return of Superman. It is also notable for having no director commentary from either Zack Snyder or Joss Whedon. As of September 30, 2020, it has made $21.3 million in DVD sales and $40.6 million in Blu-ray sales, totaling an estimated $62.1 million in domestic video sales according to The Numbers. Forbes reported that Justice League went on to gross more than $100 million in Blu-ray/DVD/Digital-HD sales and rentals.

Superman vs Justice League Future

A sequel was originally scheduled to be released in June 2019 but was subsequently delayed to accommodate the release for The Batman. By March 2017, producer Charles Roven announced that Zack Snyder would direct the film. In October 2017, J. K. Simmons stated that the studio was working on the script of the sequel, alongside The Batman. Shortly after the release of Justice League, Henry Cavill stated that he was under contract with Warner Bros. to play Superman for one more film.

In December 2017, it was reported that there were “no immediate plans” for Zack Snyder to direct any future DC films like “Superman vs Justice League”, being relegated to an executive producer position instead. This came after a reshuffling of film production staff at Warner Bros. due to the film’s mixed critical reception and disappointing financial performance. By 2019, Warner Bros. had prioritized solo films over the project.

After previously declining an offer to direct the first film, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins noted she is open to directing a Superman vs Justice League sequel.

Notes

  • Snyder was the director during principal photography, but was replaced by Joss Whedon during post-production. Snyder retained directorial credit for the finished film, though reports have indicated Whedon reshot a majority of the film.
  • In home release, RatPac-Dune Entertainment was replaced with Access Entertainment (RatPac’s current owner), following the rape and sexual harassment allegations against RatPac-Dune’s CEO, Brett Ratner.
  • Identified offscreen as Yalan Gur.
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About Superman vs Justice League

Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Directed By Zack Snyder
Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon
Produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns
Story by Chris Terrio, Zack Snyder
Based on Justice League by Gardner Fox
Music Danny Elfman
Release Date October 26, 2017 (Beijing) - November 17, 2017 (United States)
Runtime 5:10
Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons
Country United States
Language English
Production Company DC Films, RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Budget $300 million
Box office $657.9 million
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Official Site https://www.facebook.com/JusticeLeagueOfficial/
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