Justice League: The Spence Edit

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I totally enjoyed this version of the film! The right amount of scenes were edited into (or out of) the Snyder cut, and the cuts and edits were done and worked very well. The movie flows by and the decision to make the Flash almost the only one making jokes works really well (many of the other heroes' jokes scenes were cut) and gives him a more unique character. Also, Aquaman showing his human side sympathizing whit Cybor losing his father in different scenes shows more of his character. And finally keeping most scenes where the heroes literally act like heros (e.g. making saving innocents important to them) gives this movie more like a hero movie feel to it and makes it easier to root for them instead of just making them seem like a bunch of depressed people doing stuff together just for the hell of it (as it seems more to me in the original Snyder cut).
I could not detect any technical flaws, neither on the visual nor on the audio side, so I must and want to give this edit my full endorsement and recommend it to everyone who did not like the theatrical and/or the Snyder's cut since it somehow connects the best of both worlds without staying too long on a specific "impressionistic" scene (e.g. cemetary scenes etc.). A clear go from my side! :)

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This was a great edit. I tried to watch the ZSJL when it came out but couldn't get through it. I found to to be very labored and self-important (so much slo-mo nonsense, etc.). This edit streamlines the film and cuts out all the excess without making it feel rushed. I really think this is something close to the film we would've gotten had Zack Snyder been allowed to see his project to fruition uninterrupted.

Cutting out the Wonder Woman bank heist scene was the right choice, despite it being a pretty good scene. Maybe it can be repurposed for a WW '84 edit.

Simply a fantastic edit. It serves its purpose perfectly.

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Nice self-contained theatrical cut, no sequel baits, no Martian Manhunter, no Knightmare... adding some great stuff from other movies (I love the WW flight scene in the end and Superman's blue suit), perfect cut for a perfect trilogy.

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The Spence edit does a wonderful job of balancing both the TC and ZSJL cuts. The scenes from the TC are CC'd seamlessly as it is not noticable during the everybody knows montage. Best thing about this cut is that it removes all sequel baits, especially now at the time of writing this review, the DCEU is stepping away from the Snyderverse. So this cut serves as a shelf replacer of sort for current continuity. While some scenes from both TC/ZSJL are missed, like WW vs terrorist, Barry saves Iris, and Aquaman sits on the lasso, they were neccesary for pacing and to keep the runtime under 3 hours. Which is perfect for what should be the Justice League's first film. Another thing that I liked from this edit is that the full ZSJL ratio is kept during action sequences and widescreen throughout the rest of the film creating an IMAX theater feeling. So overall I'd recommend this edit over others and it serves as a shelf replacer for me. Although one thing I would add is the Superman/Flash racing scene as a post-credit. I feel like putting it at the end wouldn't disrupt the hopeful ending or the tone of the film as much and it would show Superman just talking to another leaguer.

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Not much to say. Spence made a great, digestible version of the film Zack Snyder originally set out to make (with some ideas from the Theatrical Cut, but hey, they were good ideas). If you're curious & don’t have half a day to waste away, definitely check this edit out.

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