Justice League is coming to home video on March 13th, and a long list of special features for the Blu-ray movie release has been revealed, along with a glimpse at a deleted scene.
Justice League's infamously troubled production has become legend at this point. Following the polarizing reception of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. wanted Justice League to take a lighter approach to DC's greatest heroes. Director Zack Snyder suffered a family tragedy during production, and Avengers helmer Joss Whedon was brought in to oversee reshoots and post production. However, Whedon's reshoots were far more extensive than originally believed, altering the film in significant ways. In the wake of Justice League's box office disappointment many fans have been clamoring to see more of Snyder's original vision of the film, going so far as to start petitions for a Snyder cut of the film and even picket the Warner Bros. lot in costume.
We may not be getting a Snyder cut, but it seems likely we'll get a few more glimpses of what could have been. The official announcement of Justice League's Blu-ray promises multiple scenes not featured in the theatrical cut, as well as behind the scenes featurettes on the film's development. Read on for the full list of features, following the official Justice League Blu-ray cover artwork below:
“Justice League” 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features:
Road to Justice - Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut.
Heart of Justice - Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.
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.
Justice League: The New Heroes - Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.
The Return of Superman - Bonus scenes not seen in theaters
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.
Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons - ake a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue - Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
Scene Studies: Heroes Park - Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle - Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences
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.
Fans are likely most excited for the deleted scenes, and for good reason - among Justice League's many issues, it felt decidedly rushed, clocking in at just under two hours. It seems likely the bonus scenes will expand somewhat on the core characters, who were hustled into the conflict with Steppenwolf without a lot of time for character beats. It's also possible we could get a glimpse of Snyder's version of the film's events (his resurrection of Superman was reportedly much different), but it seems unlikely we'll get a lot of that; simply more of Whedon's version of the film seems just as likely. Parsing out small chunks of Snyder's version of the film would be something of an admission of fault on the part of WB, and it would only inflame those who are demanding a full Snyder cut of the film (something that probably won't happen, even now).
Perhaps more interesting than the bonus scenes will be the behind the scenes featurettes. Joss Whedon is credited as a writer on the film and ended up directing a massive chunk of it, yet he's barely ever spoken about the movie. The Blu-ray details don't specify who is featured in the behind the scenes materials, but it would be incredibly interesting to hear from both Snyder and Whedon about how the film came together. Justice League may not have been a financial success for DC, but its production process has been one of the most fascinating and widely discussed in modern film history. Hopefully the Blu-ray release can shed some light on it.
Justice League becomes available for digital purchase starting Tuesday, February 13 and on Blu-ray a month later on March 13.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
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