The Return of Superman (2017)/ Justice League (2017)
It’s no secret that I think Batman v. Superman is a fairly brilliant film.
It is a viewpoint that we’ve expounding since the day the site launched, and even a bit in the early YouTube stuff. The first feature ever posted on the site was about the film, and has become the most read article since then. This was, in large part, due to the fantastic community of Zack Snyder faithful on Vero , specifically the BvSReference page, who were nice enough to share that piece. Check out their impressive archive, we’re no.288, and you’ll also find more across social media under “#BvSReference”. If the reference archive has proven anything, it is that there is a notable amount of interest in Snyder’s vision for the DCEU, one that has grown even after often inflammatory commentary from big time media outlets. The most prominent result of this has been the call for the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, as the changes made to the film are palpable when viewing the theatrical cut. I dug a bit more into this here, which is actually the second most read article on the site. Though light on any acknowledgment of the currently missing vision for the film, the special features on Justice League do contain a small glimpse of what could have been.
The Return of Superman features under two minutes of deleted scenes from Justice League. They are the only deleted scenes featured on the disc. Yes, for a movie that was all but admittedly torn apart and put back together, we get two minutes of footage.
Anyway, since this is all we have for the moment, let’s appreciate some of what’s there. The first sequence features the recently resurrected Superman walking through the Kryptonian ship where he first discovered his origins. He passes both a Kryptonian suit of armor, as worn by General Zod, and an interpretation of the both loved and maligned black suit from the comics. It’s brief, but has a gravity lacking from most of his return sequence in the film. Next, we’re treated to Superman’s encounter with Alfred, prior to his joining his contemporaries. It’s not much, but it is nice to see the payoff for once of the most debated scenes in the trailer. In both, you’ll also find score much more in-line with the previous films. I tried to find a firm confirmation that this was Junkie XL’s original score, but was unable to do so.
Justice League is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD disc. If you have player, I recommend the Ultra 4K, the film’s more complex effects look great with it.