Justice League: Rise of the Motherboxes

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Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
242 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
180 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
A mainly ZSJL restructured edit that lets the story unfold more naturally, that tightens up ZSJL and adds as much of the best parts of JWJL. More of JWJL Diana struggling with leadership,
Intention:
I took this edit on as it’s my most requested edit due to my other DCEU edits. I did my original DoJ Trilogy edits in hopes of the ZSJL release, and I couldn't be happier that it happened. As absolutely bloated as it was, I saw no need to rush to edit it. And legendary editors Gieferg, Spence, Krausdafr and BionicBob made amazing edits of their own. But as seems likely in this hobby with so many possible choices to make along the way, I never saw an edit quite the way I would cut it, and now it seemed time.
As always, I stayed true to my goal of editing movies - first and foremost for myself. I genuinely watch my edits repeatedly.
The goal was to try to use this movie to move these characters from the darker ZS origins, to end with the more positive, classic Justice League HEROIC archetypes I am more familiar with and fit better with the following DCEU movies.
Additional Notes:
This has truly been a passion project, a love letter to the end of the DCEU I have grown to love, and to send Cavil out on the best note possible.
Other Sources:
JWJL
ZSJL
BvS
Green Lantern
Special Thanks:
To @Boredat3am, for always checking in to see if it was time to begin, and for amazing and thoughtful feedback. Your support has been so motivating throughout this edit.
To @Dirtycop1036, for the countless previews and feedback, your passion has also been a great motivator
To the legend @BionicBob, for thoughtful anaylisis with reference to views of true comic book fans, of which I am not. The feedback coupled with the depth of knowledge and love for these characters was immeasurable.
And to the great edits of @Spence, @Krausfadr, @Gieferg, and @BionicBob that came before, which I respect highly and drew inspiration from.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
Featuring a mid-credit scene with Tomar-Re of the Green Lanterns

There is also an “Alternate Ending" where the boxes unite, and we get the Knightmare ending.
Editing Details:
This edit pushed my skills to new levels, as I wasn’t satisfied with the footage we got so I had to sometimes mix two shots together to get the result I needed. Dialogue rebuilt in many instances, and color correction throughout to integrate JWJL footage into the ZSJL, and the ZSJL color was brought up a little bit too to be less gloomy.
Cuts and Additions:
Intro:
Credit intro FX to remove “Time Warner Media Company” for a more timeless feel.
New “WB” and “DC” logos used from the ZSJL Trailer, upscaled and heavily slowed with Topaz

Scene 1 – Battle at Themyscira
base of ZSJL:
- JWJL intro shot to Themyscira used over ZSJL for footage of the group riding to the stronghold.
- New audio intro created beginning with horses running and then parts of “Ancient Lamentations”
- Trimmed shots of Hippolyta entering stronghold to remove smiling strongwoman.
- Removed some exposition from the dialogue before Step’s arrival

ZSJL footage cut similar to JSJL for Hippolyta’s exit from the stronghold
Hippolyta’s slide shortened
Only one shot of Hippolyta looking back at the crumbling stronghold used
Trimmed a few initial frames of Hippolyta handing of the box to the riders
Trimmed first shot of Hippolyta looking out over the cliff
Trimmed a bit of Step’s fight with the Amazons for pace and continuities issues, like removing the spear stuck in Step
Removed lingering shots of Euboea’s death

Scene 2 – Steppenwolf arrives at the Nuclear Plant
ZSJL Base:
First and second scenes of Step at the Nuclear plant combined, with Step calling out to Desaad then he first puts the box into the nuclear waste.
Desaad and Step’s dialogue trimmed slightly

Scene 3 – Intro Credits
After Stephenwolf says “For Darkseid”, we move to the shot of the paradeamons leaving the nuclear stack and text added for Warner Bros Pictures Presents” and “A Zack Snyder Film”. Typography all pulled from the ZSJL trailer, upscaled, and rebuilt for this edit. We begin to hear an extended intro for the song Everybody Knows from JWJL. The song has been pitch shifted to better match the music from the previous scene. The music lyrics have been chopped up to make lines more relevant to the scene on screen when possible by separating the lyrics from the music.

Act One : The Call To Stand
Scene 4 – Bruce and Arthur’s Intro
ZSJL Base
Removed credits from Bruce’s journey over the mountain, and trimmed out shots what didn’t work.
Removed Bruce walking into village
Trimmed town hall dialogue so instead of Bruce asking Arthur to talk outside, its clear that this interaction IS THE TALK. Mix of JWJL and ZSJL dialogue, removed a few of Arthurs lines while keeping glares to emphasize that Bruce and Arthur are communicating privately within the conversation.
Added trimmed JWJL footage of Bruce noticing the wall artwork about the boxes
Changed Bruce’s Icelandic line to “I thought you’d have gills.”
Heavily edited dialogue of Bruce and Arthur outside to mix JWJL and ZSJL, kept “Doesn’t mean I’m wrong” footage, trimmed women singing to just the start, and lots of color correction to try to make the footage here blend better

Scene 5 – Alfred meets up with Bruce
ZSJL base
Trimmed Alfred harassing Bruce, kept him more supportive here. Dialogue ends with “Naught for two.”

Scene 6 – Diana’s Intro
ZSJL Base
Removed the outside guard of the building, he just waits too long to notice something’s wrong
Removed shots of Diana outside.
Trimmed Diana’s interrogation of the terrorist,
Moved bomb trigger start to after, fx to change bomb start to 20 sec to increase tension
Tightened Diana fight with terrorists (and removed first use of slow-mo powers, to try to keep Barry special)

Scene 7 – Message from Themyscira
ZSJL Base
Dialogue tightened for exposition

Scene 8 – Diana receives Message
ZSJL Base
Trimmed Scene similar to JWJL
AE removal of bald artist historian’s tool in final shots to lessen visual connection to initial Bald historian
Audio transition to next scene uses Diane Theme transition audio from BvS

Scene 9 – Silas and Victor Intro
ZSJL Base
JWJL footage of Silas and the Janitor
New Victor flashback sequence inserted between Silas leaving Victor the tape player and when Victor pick it up
Frames removed of Victor looking at his hand before seeing the nukes
Some shots of Waitress removed to speed all this part up whenever possible.
Scene 10 – Bruce and Alfred Jet Discussion
JWJL Start with ZSJL End
Adjusted discussion by Alfred of Victor and Barry info
Kept the line about the wind-up penguins
Move to ZSJL with Alfred and Bruce discussion his motivations


Scene 11 – Silas at Lab Crime Scene
ZSJL Base
- Dialogue trimmed heavily

Scene 12 – Steppenwolf interrogates the Atlantians
ZSJL Base
Initial shot of parademons coming out of the water trimmed.

Scene 13 – Silas warns Victor about Monsters
ZSJL Base
Trimmed dialogue:
JWJL line added from Silas “You are not a monster!”

Scene 14 – Batman and the Burglar
JWJL Base
Removed burglar faking walking away before pulling a gun
Tightened up Batman and Burglar fight
Reordered shots of Batman jumping from Water tower
Removed Batman’s line “They can smell it”
Sped up slowmo shots of Batman and Parademon
Removed some of the air battle shots
Ending scene after Batman says “A Scout”
FX to Burglar looking up to keep him from talking after

Scene 15 – Victor Discovers Batman’s Identity
JWJL Base

Scene 16 – Bruce and Diana in the Hangar
ZSJL Base
Begin with JWJL to include trimmed dialogue about the car alarm sound.
Removed Diana starting with “From what I've learned” as she knows this story from her many years on Themyscira
Removed some shots and lines in the story of Darksieds first arrival
Dialogue edits

Act Two : The Age of Heroes
Scene 17 – Barry and Iris
ZSJL Base
Tightened this scene so the car starts the first time, the crash cause shots are reduced, and Barry saving Iris removed the creep factor.

Scene 18 – Barry Signs In
JWJL Base
Tightened the whole scene when possible, frames and dialogue

Scene 19 – Barry and Pops
ZSJL Base
Used FX for the removal of expositional dialogue about why Barry is pursuing law, since it was already discussed between Bruce and Alfred, squeezing one long shot.

Scene 20 – Arthur saves the Captain
JWJL Base
Used ZSJL intro before Arthur’s arrival at the boat for better score

Scene 21 – Arthur and Vulko
ZSJL Base
This scene has been adjusted to remove shots of the Arthur visiting the past King of Atlantis.
Trimmed Arthur and Vulko’s interaction to not break “Aquaman Movie” continuity
Built an establishing shot of Vulko with a far shot of Vulko mixed with a later close up face shot of him saying “You’re the rightful King of Atlantis.”
Trimmed dialogue to remove continuity issues with Aquaman movie, but kept to show Arthur rejecting his people just as he rejected Bruce.
Added shots of him ditching Vulko using heavily cropped footage from when he ditches Mera, then upscaled with Topaz to match.

Scene 22 – Bruce and Diana
ZSJL Base
Removed discussion about Arthur being Half Atlantean
Removed Diana mention Amazonians and Atlanteans fought in the past
Changed the Arthur footage on screen to de-emphasize the trident in his hand that he just ditched Vulko with.
Removed a small part of the awkward interaction with Diana and Bruce and the mouse

Scene 23 – Cyborg and the Parademon Scout
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed here

Scene 24 – Steppenwolf Attacks the Atlantean Stronghold
ZSJL Base
Removed all of Mera’s arrival and fish talking
Added subtle extra audio fx for the fight, tightened up some shots, removed some of the extended shots of Mera incapacitated just before Steppenwolf almost executes her
Trimmed Arthur and Mera’s interaction to not break “Aquaman Movie” continuity
Used ZSJL footage but used JWJL Mera dialogue without the accent
Trimmed Arthur ditching Mera and responsibility

Scene 25 – Bruce and Barry
ZSJL Base
Added JWJL Line about railroads
Removed “snack-hole” line.

Scene 26 – Diana and Alfred
ZSJL Base
Trimmed discussion of “batman gauntlets”
Replaced footage of Victor and Silas where Victor has a leg, with BvS footage
Trimmed Diana and Victor’s discussion
Used JWJL footage of where Victor wants to meet

Scene 27 – Diana and Victor
ZSJL Base
Trimmed out gratuitous shot of Mercedes logo
Tightened up dialogue here so Diana gets to the point quicker
Added Diana’s line “More than once” in reference to the two times she lost Steve
Removed Victor burying the box in his own grave

Scene 28 – Silas and Ryan
ZSJL Base
Trimmed this scene, but felt it was needed to leave clues to Silas’s eventual sacrifice

Scene 29 – Silas kidnapped
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed

Scene 30 – Gordon in Gotham
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed

Scene 31 – Bruce, Diana and Barry meet
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed

Scene 32 – Steppenwolf builds the dome
ZSJL Base
Second dialogue with Desaad removed

Scene 33 – Victor discovers his Dad Missing
ZSJL Base
Nothing Changed

Scene 34 – Gordon meets the team
ZSJL Base
Trimmed to remove many of the extended shots of Gordon which made the whole scene seemed forced

Scene 35 – Strikers Island
ZSJL Base, heavily mixed with JWJL
Score edited for better vibe, moving more bits to “hit” at needed times or to better emphasize what music was already there
Team crossing bridge edited
Diana’s “plan” dialogue moved to after they see Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf’s line from JWJL added when we first see him interrogating the janitor
JWJL discussion between Bruce and Barry about not being ready added
Victor calling to his Dad removed, now he just shoots and swoops in to save him
Steppenwolf mentioning that Diana is not like the other Amazonians removed (DoJ3 Continuity)
JWJL footage of Barry making saves added
JWJL footage Bruce calling for the Crawler added
Trimmed Silas and Victor dialogue
Mixed footage so the slow-mo of Diana falling while Barry helps, so there is a parademon right behind Diana
Added sfx to Steppenwolf attacking Bruce, trimmed Alfred reacting to the crash to emphasis worry over the fate of Bruce
Removed most of the standing around as the flooding starts
Mixed in some JWJL Barry dialogue
“Did he just bail” line delivered sooner

Scene 36 – Striker’s island aftermath
JWJL Base
SFX of helicopter added sooner
ZSJL footage of Cyborg arriving with the motherbox

Scene 37 – Steppenwolf discovers the secret
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed
Act Three : All The Kings Horses
Scene 38 – The Hangar Discussion
JWJL base with heavy doses of ZSJL
Lighting correction throughout to match footage
Trimmed intro with Victor and Arthur
Used JWJL to put Barry on the lift
Kept ZWJL footage of Arthur questioning Victor
Used ZSJL Victor backstory, removed mention of box’s official Item number
Back to JWJL discussion about resurrection Clark
Hologram of Superman used
Diana and Bruce argument trimmed

Scene 39 – Bruce and Alfred in the Den
JWJL Base
Heavily shortened, mainly used as a transition to next scene

Scene 40 – Lois and Martha
ZSJL Base
Trimmed out Martha talking from outside
Trimmed Martha looking on knowingly
Trimmed Lois dialogue slightly

Scene 41 – Steppenwolf has News
ZSJL Base
Removed mention of the Anti-Life Equation, Steppenwolf now just recognizes Earth as the world that fought back.

Scene 42 – Clark’s grave
ZSJL Base
Dialogue trimmed to remove mention of Atlantean/Amazonian war
JWJL footage added with Barry and Victor, removed mention of “racially charged” and that Victor died in an explosion.

Scene 43 – Alfred and Bruce as Mechanics
ZSJL Base
Trimmed dialogue so it doesn’t sound like it’s the first time Alfred is hearing this, it’s the last time he can be a voice of reason.

Scene 44 – The team loads Clark into the van
ZSJL Base
No change


Scene 45 – Lois Decides
ZSJL Base
Trimmed the extended shot of the press badge

Scene 46 – The team arrives at the Kryptonian ship
ZSJL Base
Trimmed some of the credentials delay at the guard tower
Removed Bruce telling Victor to start the distraction
Removed the first shot of the team entering the ship, they are now revealed when Silas first sees them
SFX to change the suit that Barry walk by when he mentions “It knows he’s here…” from the color suit to the black suit
Used JWJL Audio of Arthur saying “You lunatics…”
Lots of dialogue and shot trims here
Removied Victor’s visions of the future
Barry’s run rebuilt so he slightly reverses time to get the exact moment when the box touches the water
Removed Arthur saying “Everybody down!”

Scene 47 – The team arrives at the Kryptonian ship
JWJL Base
Trimmed teams intro to Clark
Trimmed closeup shot of the beat cop
Trimmed and reedited fight to include JWJL footage of “The Big Gun” and Clark picking him up, but kept Clark silent for this part
Added sfx to Clark dropping Bruce
Trimmed some of Silas reacting to the motherbox

Scene 48 – Silas’s sacrifice
ZSJL Base
Trimmed and reordered Silas killing himself so Victor only has a chance to react, nothing more

Act Four : So Begins the End
Scene 49 – The team arrives at the Batcave
ZSJL Base
Trimmed lots of exposition about the location of Steppenwolf’s base

Scene 50 – Diana and Bruce discuss Leadership
JWJL Base
No change

Scene 51 – Clark and Lois at the farm
ZSJL Base
Slowed their descent to be more gentle
Removed the line “Did I not before?”

Scene 52 – The team prepares to leave
ZSJL Base
No change

Scene 53 – Steppenwolf unites the boxes
ZSJL Base
Removed Clark visiting Alfred (Alfred isn’t relaxing at home while this all is happening lol)

Scene 54 – The team discusses the plan while on the Fox
ZSJL Base
No change
Added them “assembling,” Bruce givig the trident to Arthur, Victor checking his hardware, and Barry stretching and meditation

Scene 55 – Clark, Lois and Martha
ZSJL Base
Added line from JWJL about “calling mom”

Scene 56 – The Battle at Steppenwolf’s Base pt 1
ZSJL Base

Batman’s first single missile attempt to break shield removed
JWJL Shot of the Flying Fox damaged after breaking through the dome added and heavily color corrected
JWJL car alarm idea integrated into the ZSJL footage, heavily color corrected to match
Car alarm sound added to the ZSJL batmobile chase time
Team slow-mo shot removed (we get enough of that at the end, and why is everyone else running into that building?)
One extended shot of Arthur’s parademon surfing removed

Scene 57 – Clark don’s the black suit
ZSJL Base
Removed Clark’s walk down the hallway of suits (used in my BvS edit)
Removed the voiceovers from Pa and Jor-El, since they use new dialogue, some of Jor-El’s words would never have been heard by Clark. Best to go silent.

Scene 58 – The Battle at Steppenwolf’s Base pt 2
ZSJL Base
Removed Arthur arrowing the two parademons with his trident
Removed Steppenwolf saying he killed Hippolyta
Removed some of Steppenwolf’s dialogue:

Tightened up sequence as Victor does the countdown
Removed time between Victor touching the boxes and getting a surge, so it happens immediately
Moved Steppenwolf’s “He’s Here.” To just after the boom tube begins to open
Used shots of the planet changing from Victor’s vision when the boxes synchronize and reversed it when Barry turns back time
Dialogue trimmed for Desaad and Darkseid

Epilogue
Scene 59 – Silas’s Tape Monologue
ZSJL Base
Removed Victor rewinding tape
Removed Arthur saying goodbye to Vulko and Mera, he just leaves Mera on the shore alone
Removed Ryan Choi taking over Star Labs
Removed Clark asking Bruce “how he did it”, and Bruce saying he “bought the bank”.
Removed Gordon turning the Batsignal on
Used JWJL footage of Diana being a public hero instead of tracking the arrow
Removed Silas’s lines about “discover, heal, love, win” so we end on “It’s time to stand, it’s time to fight.”
Used ZSJL footage of Clark opening his suit since it’s a longer shot, but recolored to put him back in the classic suit.
Used JL Footage of Clark flying away

Scene 60 – Credits pt 1
ZSJL Base
Used ZS “Motherboxes” trailer for visuals

Scene 61 – Bruce Meets Tomar-Re
ZSJL Base
Used footage from the Green Lantern Movie to replace Martian Manhunter.

Scene 60 – Credits pt 1
JWJL Credit Base
Cut short for Lex’s Escape

Scene 61 – Lex’s Escape
ZSJL Base
Trimmed when possible

Scene 62 – Credit pt 2
Built the dual credit scroll for both sources, and
Used the Cartoon Network Groovie “That Time Is Now” as the song here

Scene 63 – Barry and Clark Race
JWJL Base
Tried to avoid the bad upper lip cgi when possible
Removed Brunch Reference
Trailer

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2017
Original Running Time:
242 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
180 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
A mainly ZSJL restructured edit that lets the story unfold more naturally, that tightens up ZSJL and adds as much of the best parts of JWJL. More of JWJL Diana struggling with leadership,
Intention:
I took this edit on as it’s my most requested edit due to my other DCEU edits. I did my original DoJ Trilogy edits in hopes of the ZSJL release, and I couldn't be happier that it happened. As absolutely bloated as it was, I saw no need to rush to edit it. And legendary editors Gieferg, Spence, Krausdafr and BionicBob made amazing edits of their own. But as seems likely in this hobby with so many possible choices to make along the way, I never saw an edit quite the way I would cut it, and now it seemed time.
As always, I stayed true to my goal of editing movies - first and foremost for myself. I genuinely watch my edits repeatedly.
The goal was to try to use this movie to move these characters from the darker ZS origins, to end with the more positive, classic Justice League HEROIC archetypes I am more familiar with and fit better with the following DCEU movies.
Additional Notes:
This has truly been a passion project, a love letter to the end of the DCEU I have grown to love, and to send Cavil out on the best note possible.
Other Sources:
JWJL
ZSJL
BvS
Green Lantern
Special Thanks:
To @Boredat3am, for always checking in to see if it was time to begin, and for amazing and thoughtful feedback. Your support has been so motivating throughout this edit.
To @Dirtycop1036, for the countless previews and feedback, your passion has also been a great motivator
To the legend @BionicBob, for thoughtful anaylisis with reference to views of true comic book fans, of which I am not. The feedback coupled with the depth of knowledge and love for these characters was immeasurable.
And to the great edits of @Spence, @Krausfadr, @Gieferg, and @BionicBob that came before, which I respect highly and drew inspiration from.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features:
Featuring a mid-credit scene with Tomar-Re of the Green Lanterns

There is also an “Alternate Ending" where the boxes unite, and we get the Knightmare ending.
Editing Details:
This edit pushed my skills to new levels, as I wasn’t satisfied with the footage we got so I had to sometimes mix two shots together to get the result I needed. Dialogue rebuilt in many instances, and color correction throughout to integrate JWJL footage into the ZSJL, and the ZSJL color was brought up a little bit too to be less gloomy.
Cuts and Additions:
Intro:
Credit intro FX to remove “Time Warner Media Company” for a more timeless feel.
New “WB” and “DC” logos used from the ZSJL Trailer, upscaled and heavily slowed with Topaz

Scene 1 – Battle at Themyscira
base of ZSJL:
- JWJL intro shot to Themyscira used over ZSJL for footage of the group riding to the stronghold.
- New audio intro created beginning with horses running and then parts of “Ancient Lamentations”
- Trimmed shots of Hippolyta entering stronghold to remove smiling strongwoman.
- Removed some exposition from the dialogue before Step’s arrival

ZSJL footage cut similar to JSJL for Hippolyta’s exit from the stronghold
Hippolyta’s slide shortened
Only one shot of Hippolyta looking back at the crumbling stronghold used
Trimmed a few initial frames of Hippolyta handing of the box to the riders
Trimmed first shot of Hippolyta looking out over the cliff
Trimmed a bit of Step’s fight with the Amazons for pace and continuities issues, like removing the spear stuck in Step
Removed lingering shots of Euboea’s death

Scene 2 – Steppenwolf arrives at the Nuclear Plant
ZSJL Base:
First and second scenes of Step at the Nuclear plant combined, with Step calling out to Desaad then he first puts the box into the nuclear waste.
Desaad and Step’s dialogue trimmed slightly

Scene 3 – Intro Credits
After Stephenwolf says “For Darkseid”, we move to the shot of the paradeamons leaving the nuclear stack and text added for Warner Bros Pictures Presents” and “A Zack Snyder Film”. Typography all pulled from the ZSJL trailer, upscaled, and rebuilt for this edit. We begin to hear an extended intro for the song Everybody Knows from JWJL. The song has been pitch shifted to better match the music from the previous scene. The music lyrics have been chopped up to make lines more relevant to the scene on screen when possible by separating the lyrics from the music.

Act One : The Call To Stand
Scene 4 – Bruce and Arthur’s Intro
ZSJL Base
Removed credits from Bruce’s journey over the mountain, and trimmed out shots what didn’t work.
Removed Bruce walking into village
Trimmed town hall dialogue so instead of Bruce asking Arthur to talk outside, its clear that this interaction IS THE TALK. Mix of JWJL and ZSJL dialogue, removed a few of Arthurs lines while keeping glares to emphasize that Bruce and Arthur are communicating privately within the conversation.
Added trimmed JWJL footage of Bruce noticing the wall artwork about the boxes
Changed Bruce’s Icelandic line to “I thought you’d have gills.”
Heavily edited dialogue of Bruce and Arthur outside to mix JWJL and ZSJL, kept “Doesn’t mean I’m wrong” footage, trimmed women singing to just the start, and lots of color correction to try to make the footage here blend better

Scene 5 – Alfred meets up with Bruce
ZSJL base
Trimmed Alfred harassing Bruce, kept him more supportive here. Dialogue ends with “Naught for two.”

Scene 6 – Diana’s Intro
ZSJL Base
Removed the outside guard of the building, he just waits too long to notice something’s wrong
Removed shots of Diana outside.
Trimmed Diana’s interrogation of the terrorist,
Moved bomb trigger start to after, fx to change bomb start to 20 sec to increase tension
Tightened Diana fight with terrorists (and removed first use of slow-mo powers, to try to keep Barry special)

Scene 7 – Message from Themyscira
ZSJL Base
Dialogue tightened for exposition

Scene 8 – Diana receives Message
ZSJL Base
Trimmed Scene similar to JWJL
AE removal of bald artist historian’s tool in final shots to lessen visual connection to initial Bald historian
Audio transition to next scene uses Diane Theme transition audio from BvS

Scene 9 – Silas and Victor Intro
ZSJL Base
JWJL footage of Silas and the Janitor
New Victor flashback sequence inserted between Silas leaving Victor the tape player and when Victor pick it up
Frames removed of Victor looking at his hand before seeing the nukes
Some shots of Waitress removed to speed all this part up whenever possible.
Scene 10 – Bruce and Alfred Jet Discussion
JWJL Start with ZSJL End
Adjusted discussion by Alfred of Victor and Barry info
Kept the line about the wind-up penguins
Move to ZSJL with Alfred and Bruce discussion his motivations


Scene 11 – Silas at Lab Crime Scene
ZSJL Base
- Dialogue trimmed heavily

Scene 12 – Steppenwolf interrogates the Atlantians
ZSJL Base
Initial shot of parademons coming out of the water trimmed.

Scene 13 – Silas warns Victor about Monsters
ZSJL Base
Trimmed dialogue:
JWJL line added from Silas “You are not a monster!”

Scene 14 – Batman and the Burglar
JWJL Base
Removed burglar faking walking away before pulling a gun
Tightened up Batman and Burglar fight
Reordered shots of Batman jumping from Water tower
Removed Batman’s line “They can smell it”
Sped up slowmo shots of Batman and Parademon
Removed some of the air battle shots
Ending scene after Batman says “A Scout”
FX to Burglar looking up to keep him from talking after

Scene 15 – Victor Discovers Batman’s Identity
JWJL Base

Scene 16 – Bruce and Diana in the Hangar
ZSJL Base
Begin with JWJL to include trimmed dialogue about the car alarm sound.
Removed Diana starting with “From what I've learned” as she knows this story from her many years on Themyscira
Removed some shots and lines in the story of Darksieds first arrival
Dialogue edits

Act Two : The Age of Heroes
Scene 17 – Barry and Iris
ZSJL Base
Tightened this scene so the car starts the first time, the crash cause shots are reduced, and Barry saving Iris removed the creep factor.

Scene 18 – Barry Signs In
JWJL Base
Tightened the whole scene when possible, frames and dialogue

Scene 19 – Barry and Pops
ZSJL Base
Used FX for the removal of expositional dialogue about why Barry is pursuing law, since it was already discussed between Bruce and Alfred, squeezing one long shot.

Scene 20 – Arthur saves the Captain
JWJL Base
Used ZSJL intro before Arthur’s arrival at the boat for better score

Scene 21 – Arthur and Vulko
ZSJL Base
This scene has been adjusted to remove shots of the Arthur visiting the past King of Atlantis.
Trimmed Arthur and Vulko’s interaction to not break “Aquaman Movie” continuity
Built an establishing shot of Vulko with a far shot of Vulko mixed with a later close up face shot of him saying “You’re the rightful King of Atlantis.”
Trimmed dialogue to remove continuity issues with Aquaman movie, but kept to show Arthur rejecting his people just as he rejected Bruce.
Added shots of him ditching Vulko using heavily cropped footage from when he ditches Mera, then upscaled with Topaz to match.

Scene 22 – Bruce and Diana
ZSJL Base
Removed discussion about Arthur being Half Atlantean
Removed Diana mention Amazonians and Atlanteans fought in the past
Changed the Arthur footage on screen to de-emphasize the trident in his hand that he just ditched Vulko with.
Removed a small part of the awkward interaction with Diana and Bruce and the mouse

Scene 23 – Cyborg and the Parademon Scout
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed here

Scene 24 – Steppenwolf Attacks the Atlantean Stronghold
ZSJL Base
Removed all of Mera’s arrival and fish talking
Added subtle extra audio fx for the fight, tightened up some shots, removed some of the extended shots of Mera incapacitated just before Steppenwolf almost executes her
Trimmed Arthur and Mera’s interaction to not break “Aquaman Movie” continuity
Used ZSJL footage but used JWJL Mera dialogue without the accent
Trimmed Arthur ditching Mera and responsibility

Scene 25 – Bruce and Barry
ZSJL Base
Added JWJL Line about railroads
Removed “snack-hole” line.

Scene 26 – Diana and Alfred
ZSJL Base
Trimmed discussion of “batman gauntlets”
Replaced footage of Victor and Silas where Victor has a leg, with BvS footage
Trimmed Diana and Victor’s discussion
Used JWJL footage of where Victor wants to meet

Scene 27 – Diana and Victor
ZSJL Base
Trimmed out gratuitous shot of Mercedes logo
Tightened up dialogue here so Diana gets to the point quicker
Added Diana’s line “More than once” in reference to the two times she lost Steve
Removed Victor burying the box in his own grave

Scene 28 – Silas and Ryan
ZSJL Base
Trimmed this scene, but felt it was needed to leave clues to Silas’s eventual sacrifice

Scene 29 – Silas kidnapped
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed

Scene 30 – Gordon in Gotham
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed

Scene 31 – Bruce, Diana and Barry meet
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed

Scene 32 – Steppenwolf builds the dome
ZSJL Base
Second dialogue with Desaad removed

Scene 33 – Victor discovers his Dad Missing
ZSJL Base
Nothing Changed

Scene 34 – Gordon meets the team
ZSJL Base
Trimmed to remove many of the extended shots of Gordon which made the whole scene seemed forced

Scene 35 – Strikers Island
ZSJL Base, heavily mixed with JWJL
Score edited for better vibe, moving more bits to “hit” at needed times or to better emphasize what music was already there
Team crossing bridge edited
Diana’s “plan” dialogue moved to after they see Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf’s line from JWJL added when we first see him interrogating the janitor
JWJL discussion between Bruce and Barry about not being ready added
Victor calling to his Dad removed, now he just shoots and swoops in to save him
Steppenwolf mentioning that Diana is not like the other Amazonians removed (DoJ3 Continuity)
JWJL footage of Barry making saves added
JWJL footage Bruce calling for the Crawler added
Trimmed Silas and Victor dialogue
Mixed footage so the slow-mo of Diana falling while Barry helps, so there is a parademon right behind Diana
Added sfx to Steppenwolf attacking Bruce, trimmed Alfred reacting to the crash to emphasis worry over the fate of Bruce
Removed most of the standing around as the flooding starts
Mixed in some JWJL Barry dialogue
“Did he just bail” line delivered sooner

Scene 36 – Striker’s island aftermath
JWJL Base
SFX of helicopter added sooner
ZSJL footage of Cyborg arriving with the motherbox

Scene 37 – Steppenwolf discovers the secret
ZSJL Base
Nothing changed
Act Three : All The Kings Horses
Scene 38 – The Hangar Discussion
JWJL base with heavy doses of ZSJL
Lighting correction throughout to match footage
Trimmed intro with Victor and Arthur
Used JWJL to put Barry on the lift
Kept ZWJL footage of Arthur questioning Victor
Used ZSJL Victor backstory, removed mention of box’s official Item number
Back to JWJL discussion about resurrection Clark
Hologram of Superman used
Diana and Bruce argument trimmed

Scene 39 – Bruce and Alfred in the Den
JWJL Base
Heavily shortened, mainly used as a transition to next scene

Scene 40 – Lois and Martha
ZSJL Base
Trimmed out Martha talking from outside
Trimmed Martha looking on knowingly
Trimmed Lois dialogue slightly

Scene 41 – Steppenwolf has News
ZSJL Base
Removed mention of the Anti-Life Equation, Steppenwolf now just recognizes Earth as the world that fought back.

Scene 42 – Clark’s grave
ZSJL Base
Dialogue trimmed to remove mention of Atlantean/Amazonian war
JWJL footage added with Barry and Victor, removed mention of “racially charged” and that Victor died in an explosion.

Scene 43 – Alfred and Bruce as Mechanics
ZSJL Base
Trimmed dialogue so it doesn’t sound like it’s the first time Alfred is hearing this, it’s the last time he can be a voice of reason.

Scene 44 – The team loads Clark into the van
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Scene 45 – Lois Decides
ZSJL Base
Trimmed the extended shot of the press badge

Scene 46 – The team arrives at the Kryptonian ship
ZSJL Base
Trimmed some of the credentials delay at the guard tower
Removed Bruce telling Victor to start the distraction
Removed the first shot of the team entering the ship, they are now revealed when Silas first sees them
SFX to change the suit that Barry walk by when he mentions “It knows he’s here…” from the color suit to the black suit
Used JWJL Audio of Arthur saying “You lunatics…”
Lots of dialogue and shot trims here
Removied Victor’s visions of the future
Barry’s run rebuilt so he slightly reverses time to get the exact moment when the box touches the water
Removed Arthur saying “Everybody down!”

Scene 47 – The team arrives at the Kryptonian ship
JWJL Base
Trimmed teams intro to Clark
Trimmed closeup shot of the beat cop
Trimmed and reedited fight to include JWJL footage of “The Big Gun” and Clark picking him up, but kept Clark silent for this part
Added sfx to Clark dropping Bruce
Trimmed some of Silas reacting to the motherbox

Scene 48 – Silas’s sacrifice
ZSJL Base
Trimmed and reordered Silas killing himself so Victor only has a chance to react, nothing more

Act Four : So Begins the End
Scene 49 – The team arrives at the Batcave
ZSJL Base
Trimmed lots of exposition about the location of Steppenwolf’s base

Scene 50 – Diana and Bruce discuss Leadership
JWJL Base
No change

Scene 51 – Clark and Lois at the farm
ZSJL Base
Slowed their descent to be more gentle
Removed the line “Did I not before?”

Scene 52 – The team prepares to leave
ZSJL Base
No change

Scene 53 – Steppenwolf unites the boxes
ZSJL Base
Removed Clark visiting Alfred (Alfred isn’t relaxing at home while this all is happening lol)

Scene 54 – The team discusses the plan while on the Fox
ZSJL Base
No change
Added them “assembling,” Bruce givig the trident to Arthur, Victor checking his hardware, and Barry stretching and meditation

Scene 55 – Clark, Lois and Martha
ZSJL Base
Added line from JWJL about “calling mom”

Scene 56 – The Battle at Steppenwolf’s Base pt 1
ZSJL Base

Batman’s first single missile attempt to break shield removed
JWJL Shot of the Flying Fox damaged after breaking through the dome added and heavily color corrected
JWJL car alarm idea integrated into the ZSJL footage, heavily color corrected to match
Car alarm sound added to the ZSJL batmobile chase time
Team slow-mo shot removed (we get enough of that at the end, and why is everyone else running into that building?)
One extended shot of Arthur’s parademon surfing removed

Scene 57 – Clark don’s the black suit
ZSJL Base
Removed Clark’s walk down the hallway of suits (used in my BvS edit)
Removed the voiceovers from Pa and Jor-El, since they use new dialogue, some of Jor-El’s words would never have been heard by Clark. Best to go silent.

Scene 58 – The Battle at Steppenwolf’s Base pt 2
ZSJL Base
Removed Arthur arrowing the two parademons with his trident
Removed Steppenwolf saying he killed Hippolyta
Removed some of Steppenwolf’s dialogue:

Tightened up sequence as Victor does the countdown
Removed time between Victor touching the boxes and getting a surge, so it happens immediately
Moved Steppenwolf’s “He’s Here.” To just after the boom tube begins to open
Used shots of the planet changing from Victor’s vision when the boxes synchronize and reversed it when Barry turns back time
Dialogue trimmed for Desaad and Darkseid

Epilogue
Scene 59 – Silas’s Tape Monologue
ZSJL Base
Removed Victor rewinding tape
Removed Arthur saying goodbye to Vulko and Mera, he just leaves Mera on the shore alone
Removed Ryan Choi taking over Star Labs
Removed Clark asking Bruce “how he did it”, and Bruce saying he “bought the bank”.
Removed Gordon turning the Batsignal on
Used JWJL footage of Diana being a public hero instead of tracking the arrow
Removed Silas’s lines about “discover, heal, love, win” so we end on “It’s time to stand, it’s time to fight.”
Used ZSJL footage of Clark opening his suit since it’s a longer shot, but recolored to put him back in the classic suit.
Used JL Footage of Clark flying away

Scene 60 – Credits pt 1
ZSJL Base
Used ZS “Motherboxes” trailer for visuals

Scene 61 – Bruce Meets Tomar-Re
ZSJL Base
Used footage from the Green Lantern Movie to replace Martian Manhunter.

Scene 60 – Credits pt 1
JWJL Credit Base
Cut short for Lex’s Escape

Scene 61 – Lex’s Escape
ZSJL Base
Trimmed when possible

Scene 62 – Credit pt 2
Built the dual credit scroll for both sources, and
Used the Cartoon Network Groovie “That Time Is Now” as the song here

Scene 63 – Barry and Clark Race
JWJL Base
Tried to avoid the bad upper lip cgi when possible
Removed Brunch Reference
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While I am not a fan of Snyder's interpretation of these DC heroes, I do recognize their appeal and I think Wakeupkeo has done a fantastic job with this edit. The edit remain faithful and true to Snyder's main through line, except now it feels like he had a strong executive producer to slightly reined him in and encourage him to inject some much needed humanity into the characters. But at the end of the day, this is still very much a Snyder flick; thus for me, some of the sequences are just a tad too long and a tad too much slo-mo. But that is a minor nitpick.

An excellent edit and well worth watching.
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This is the version. You can now get your crew together and watch this and enjoy. This edit is a perfectly executed 5-Star Frog Splash from the top rope onto the bloated disjointed original version.

I highly recommend this!!!!!

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I have been looking for a preferred version of Justice League for a while now and this one is almost it.

The theatrical cut of Justice League I find near unwatchable, with many of the re-shoots feeling rushed and too staged. Pretty much any scene with the league standing around talking is TV movie at best. ZSJL whilst tonally consistent is just so bloated and pretentious at times. Perfect example is Superman taking flight in the black suit. The voice overs from Crowe and Costner are utterly cringe worthy in ZSJL and so thankfully Wakeupkeo takes them out and just lets the music set the scene. Generally with this tone Wakeupkeo gets the balance just right.

The film looks and sounds fantastic and didn’t outstay its welcome. Aside from the numerous end credit scenes which added little. Also I wouldn’t have opted to include both rolling end credits as split screen. Not very filmic and created issues with the frame rate looking quite jittery.

Some music cues are a little too cut up for the sake of removing the odd piece of dialogue. For example during the epilogue. Also the transitions between scores is on a few occasions a little off, for example after Aquaman lands on the fisherman's boat.

However the one point which really didn’t work for me personally was the league's discussion around resurrecting Superman. Firstly the score replacement. Replacing the ‘Man of Steel’ theme with ‘Song to the Siren’ felt very off. Not to mention it drowned out the dialogue so Barry’s line ‘I know we are all thinking the same thing’ is barely audible. Then we get the Whedon re-shoot which descends into soap opera type bickering between Bruce and Diana. Resurrecting Superman is such a pivotal moment in the film and where I felt ZSJL treated it with the reverence it deserved. Here I would have preferred Wakeupkeo leave this moment alone and not revert to Whedon.

Otherwise a fantastic edit and highly recommended.
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Justice League was a movie I hated than liked now love. Once again this is the cut to watch I was curious how Wakeuokeo would edit out an entire hour and everything would still make sense, well its not only a testament to the editors skills but just how bloated Zack Snyder's movie was. There were obvious things like the women sniffing Aquamans shirt, toning down Wonder woman's theme but I was surprised at how well some of the Whedon scenes fit in, with some wonderful color correction done.
My only real criticism isn't with story or editing but with the chapter credits they annoyed me in the Snyder cut and they annoy me here I will be skipping them in the future just my personal opinion.
I haven't mentioned this in my previous reviews until now but I have no real problem with the sound and that's because I use headphones to watch these movies (special headphones not airpods or stuff like that) I don't have a big surround system right now but from what I hear everything sounds fine.
This one gets a perfect 10 from me it took the core of Snyder's vision and cut the bloat and focused on the core this like the others will be my definitive cut.

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This cut is mindblowing, so the movie is cut by 1 hour and at face value, you would take it that at least one or several plots are left unresolved. That is not the issue here, Wakeupkeo has achieved a perfect balance for an action movie that was originally unnecessarily bloated. The sheer amount of trims and cuts made, while the movie still feels and looks original and even better than that, is mindblowing. Looking forward to future edits man, no words can express how well you have made this movie flow.
Very detailed, precise and professional cut, congratulations and thank you.

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I just finished watching Wakeupkeo's edits of BvS, JL and most of MoS, and I'm coming away very impressed. I think the highest compliment you can give any edit is that it's the only version you will watch in the future, and that is definitely the case for these terrific versions of JL and BvS. I never really had any problems with the theatrical edits of MoS or WW, so I'll probably stick with the originals for those.

For JL, he takes the core of the ZS version, trims the scenes that made you look for a fan edit in the first place, and seamlessly (color correction and FX) integrates the more redeeming parts of the JS version to make it a bit more fun. Scene transitions are entirely unnoticeable, and as I watched it was honestly hard to recall the bits that had been cut and which bits were from each movie. You just get lost in the pacing, and that's the heart of a great edit.

I don't have any major criticisms of the editing or story choices, though I personally will choose to skip the credit scenes in future viewings as they (again, just my opinion) detract more than they add. I hated the race scene, and Luthor's escape isn't going anywhere.

The only minor technical issue I had was with the sound. My receiver is reading the mix as Dolby Digital, but it seems to be encoded in stereo (no center, no surrounds). But the sound quality in JL is the best of the three, and there's a much higher quality version of it available as well (compared to BvS and MoS).

Mostly, just thank you for doing this. The JW version of JL was terrible, and the ZS version was bloated, and this is just a really nice balance of the two. Cheers!

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